Fota at Twilight

Notice to Camera Clubs from Fota Wildlife Park


Please note that the below is by invite only ** not to be posted publicly** as currently we are seeing if there is any interest in the below:

We plan to open the Park late – until 8pm on Wed 21st Aug –  to facilitate any camera clubs who may want to visit and take twilight /evening images here – as you may be aware our Photography Competition is closing on the 31st Aug, so it may be useful for that or indeed for your own photography or as your members wished.

If you and your group were interested I would need to hear back by close of business this Fri the 16th to facilitate the planning of this (and we will contact each of the club individually then regarding the details.)

Please see attached graphic for the competition as we have an offer of €10/ person for camera club members for the duration of the competition. Please do not hesitate to call me on the below if you or your club have any questions or queries.

For m ore information on the competition click here

Roisin FitzGerald Marketing Manager
Direct Line:
+353 (0)21 490 8142
Mobile: +353 (0)86 867 5796

St. Coleman’s Photography Competition

St. Colman’s Cathedral is celebrating its Centenary this year. Many events have been planned to commemorate and celebrate its 100 year milestone but nothing captures the moment better than a photo!

We are inviting all amateur photographers and hobbyists to enter a competition for this special occasion. The theme is naturally “St. Colman’s Cathedral Centenary”. St. Colman’s Cathedral took 47 years to build and it dominates the skyline of Cork Harbour and the town of Cobh. It is an architectural neo-gothic gem, steeped in history. It has been home to many happy and tragic occasions since its construction. It was the last land-mark seen by close to one million emigrants before they departed Irish shores since famine times, many of whom attended their last Mass in the Cathedral. If only its walls could talk! All we ask is that the Cathedral features in the main body or backdrop of the photograph. The way you capture the image is up to you i.e. inside or outside the building, protrait, landscape, an event etc. Closing date: for the competition is Wednesday 10th July 2019 Email your entry to: with your full name & town in subject line (please see T&Cs) Prize: 1st Prize is €100. In addition the finalists will have their photographs displayed in the Cathedral for the month of August. The Cathedral gets on average 50,000 visitors annually so it will be great exposure. Some of the finalists photos will also feature St. Colman’s Cathedral 2020 Calendar. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the fruit of your inspiration!




Sizing & Spec of Files:

Photos should be submitted to the address provided in a jpeg format, be’ at least 1800px on the longest side. Photos may be colour or black and white, portrait or landscape orientation. Entrants, if successful may be requested to submit a higher res version of the file for printing purposes.


  1. This competition is open to all amateur photographers and hobbyists. Email your entry to: with name & town in subject line. One photo entry per person and please add your name and telephone number in the file name.
  2. Entrants to the competition warrant that the photograph they submit has been taken by the entrant, that it is their own and that as the owner they are fully entitled to use it for the purpose of the Photo Competition.
  3. Where the photo submitted to the competition contains any recognisable person or persons the entrant warrants that those persons have given their permission for the photograph to be used in the competition. Please note that for child safeguarding purposes no photograph containing children will be considered.
  4. By submitting a photograph for entry to the competition entrants grant St. Colman’s Cathedral a full, irrevocable licence to use the photograph at any time and in any format for the purposes of promoting the competition and/or St. Colman’s Cathedral. Where an image is reproduced by St. Colman’s Cathedral, the photographer will be credited.



20th & 21st October, 2018 in Aras Chronain Ionad Cultuir, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.  

Judges – Bev Tyrer & Alan Tyrer, CPAGB/AV, ARPS. 

It’s nearly here!  Final preparations are being made.  We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on either day or better still – both days!

We have a full programme.  There are entries in all categories in the National Championships – Novice, Intermediate, Club & Advanced representing several clubs/societies.  All national entries will be commented on.  In the Open Photo Harmony competition, there are entries from 3 continents – we’ll have to work on the rest – America, Asia & Antarctica!  So, a great chance to see the different styles in this medium of audio visual.  There will be also assessments for distinctions in Audio Visual and an opportunity to see some of the judges’ work.

Weekend Timetable 

Saturday, 20th October Sunday, 21st October

10.00 a.m. Doors open.  Registration Doors open. Registration

10.30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions Welcome & Introductions

10.50 a.m. Judging Sessions 1 & 2 10.45 a.m.  Judging Session 5 

13.30 p.m. Lunch 12.00 p.m.  Lunch

14.00 p.m. Judging Session 3 & 4 12.45 p.m.  Judges’ sequences

17.00 p.m. Close 13.45 p.m.  Raffle

14.00 p.m.  Distinctions’ judging 16.30 p.m.  Prize winning shows &

      Awards presentations   17.30 p.m.  Close of AV2018.

This is an approximate timetable.  Should you arrive during a sequence, you will be admitted at the end of the sequence.

Admission charges:  For non – competitors, there will be a charge of €12.00 for the day or €20.00 for the weekend.   There will also be a raffle!

Lunch:  Soup & Sandwiches at €5.00 will be available each day.

Dinner:  The Gala Dinner on Saturday night will be in the Green Isle Hotel at 8 p.m.  This is a great way to socialise and mingle with the judges, fellow competitors and other AV friends, from Ireland, north and south and England.  Menu will be available and payment will be made prior to 13.30 on that morning.

Exhibition:  A photographic exhibition by members of Palmerstown Camera Club will also be on display.

Please tell your friends and encourage them to attend!


We would love to see ALL clubs in the region taking part in the competition! REGISTER AND COMPLETE YOUR ENTRY BY MIDNIGHT SUNDAY APRIL 1ST 

Step 1 

a. Register

All participating clubs are required to complete their registration. To register your entry you need to download/complete the Registration Form here and return it to

b. Pay

All participating clubs can pay: 

(1) By Cheque

Cheques should be made payable to SACC and sent to our Treasurer Tadhg Hurley at his address below.


(2) By PayPal.

If you wish to pay by PayPal, you should send an email to Tadhg 

( ) who will send you a link, which you can use to pay your club entry fee through your PayPal account.

Tadhg Hurley, Treasurer SACC, 48 Castleowen, Blarney, Co Cork.

Please include club name, club website, contact name, contact number and contact email address with all correspondence.

Step 2 – Email completed entry form by April 1st 

Entry forms (the details of the images being submitted – titles and authors) need to be with us by Sunday April 1st. The entry form for 2018 can be downloaded via this link. Please complete, save and email a copy to by Sunday April 1st 2018.

IPF – Council 2017

Following the IPF Council meeting of July 1st Dominic Reddin FIPF from Mountmellick Camera Club was elected as the new IPF President. Congratulations Dominic from all your SACC colleagues and best wishes for your term as President.

Replacing Dominic as IPF National Secretary is Joe Doyle from Malahide Camera Club. Joe has served for the past few years as National Shield Coordinator.  Best of luck in your new role Joe!   The Shield this year will be coordinated by Joe with assistance from Bill Power and Patrick Kavanagh. Patrick, from Palmerstown Camera Club, is the newest council member, following his election at the AGM in May.

SACC Creative Photography Competition – Event Schedule

Creative Photography Competition – Event Schedule

This is a quick reminder that the SACC Creative Photographic Competition, which is being hosted by Dungarvan Camera Club, takes place in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan on Sunday 23rd Oct. The proposed event time table is given below. As you’d expect, the results and awards may be earlier or later than the scheduled time, depending on the number of entries.

Our thanks to all those who have already entered, we appreciate your support. For those still intending to enter, please note that the closing date and time is midnight on Friday next (Oct 21st).

10am-12amHandover of Prints
1pm-2pmLunch Break
2pmJudging of Images
5pm (approx)Awards


Great lecture series from Robert Thompson!

Robert Thompson visits SACC Camera Clubs – Jan 2016

Cork Camera Group Chairman Noel O'Connell pictured with Robert Thompson

Cork Camera Group Chairman Noel O’Connell pictured with Robert Thompson

The January calendar highlight for three SACC clubs had to be the visit and presentation by internationally renowned nature photographer Robert Thompson FRPS, FIPF. The SACC, on behalf of Cork Camera Group, Shannon Camera Club and Kilkenny Photographic Society invited Robert to make a series of presentations to the three clubs on Jan 19th, 20th, and 21st respectively.

From member feedback and social media posts the three presentations were a resounding success with individual members commenting that Robert’s presentations were among the best they had attended.

Robert’s knowledge, professionalism, and attention to details were a revelation. He generously shared his knowledge and experience of nature photography and left members with much to think about and to practice in their photography.

Among the many points made by Robert during his presentations were:

  • Know your camera equipment and be instinctive about the menu system so that you can quickly access and set the camera settings required for a given situation.
  • Plan your photo shoots and pre-visualise the image(s) you wish to capture. This not only helps with a positive outcome but also assists in developing your creativity.
  • As much as is possible, pre-select the camera settings required for the shoot. In some cases frequently used settings can be pre-programmed into “memory” buttons on your camera – learn how to do this and set them up.
  • Research and study your subjects and their environment before heading out into the field. When in the field also take the time to study the environment before taking images and think about different angles and an uncluttered background.
  • Avoid being a seasonal photographer and if your particular genre of photography is seasonal, then practice an alternative, but possibly related, genre in the off season to keep your camera and creative skills honed.
Kilkenny Photographic Society Chairman Eugene Canning pictured with Robert and SACC Chairman Richard Dwyer

Kilkenny Photographic Society Chairman Eugene Canning pictured with Robert and SACC Chairman Richard Dwyer

The SACC Committee and the three camera clubs would like to extend their warm thanks to Robert for his excellent presentations. At the end of each presentation Robert generously raffled a number of his highly successful books.

Our sincere thanks to Robert for this series of fantastic presentations.

Thanks must also be extended to the SACC committee and the representatives from the three clubs for their coordination and organisation of the three extremely successful events.




For more background on Robert Thompson and to see his exemplary work check out the following links:

Robert Thompson Lecture Tour – Jan 19th to 21st 2016

Robert Thompson Lecture Tour

We are delighted to announce that Robert Thompson FRPS will be conducting a lecture tour in the SACC region this January.  There will be a €5 cover charge for each talk.

Robert will be speaking across a range of photography topics including nature, landscape and macro, and discussing his approach to these genre. We are very excited to have a photographer of Robert’s reputation visiting us and we encourage SACC members to attend one of the talks.

The talks will take place at the dates and venue below – see posters at the end of article for full details:

  • Tuesday, January 19th at 7:30 pm in 36 St Patrick’s Quay, Cork.
  • Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30 pm in Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon.
  • Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 pm in The Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny.

Robert is a nature photographer, author and educator.
He is the author of a number of books on photographic technique and it is hoped to have some of his books available to raffle at each of the above venues.

Robert’s interest in natural history began during his childhood explorations of a large parkland estate where he grew up. He is a highly accomplished freelance natural history photographer and multi-author with a number of well-known publications to his credit on natural history and nature photography. He has also been a major contributor to many other natural history publications in Britain and Europe. He is widely acknowledged in the UK as a specialist in close-up and macro photography and is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and the Irish Photographic Federation.

As an active conservationist, he has worked on several high-profile natural history recording projects in Ireland for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Republic of Ireland and television. He has a particular interest in dragonflies,
butterflies and moths for which he has specialist knowledge.

His work is widely published in the UK, Ireland and internationally, with numerous photographic credits in a wide variety of books, magazines, calendars and various other media sources through his library and agencies.

He is frequent writer and contributor to the photographic press and other natural history media. He has had several solo exhibitions of his work including the aerial landscape collection from the highly acclaimed ‘NATIONAL HISTORY OF ULSTER’ publication. His work has also been featured
in Nikon Pro magazine and Nikon UK.

He runs workshops in the UK and abroad and has traveled widely in Europe, photographing its flora and fauna with particular attention to its declining wild orchid populations.

Robert Thompson Photography


Robert Thompson-Cork



Robert Thompson-Shannon



Robert Thompson-Kilkenny