SACC Interclubs Competition 2017 – Update

The date and venue for the SACC Interclubs Competition 2017 have now been finalised:

  • Date: April 9th
  • Venue:  Loreto Convent School, Grange Road, Kilkenny.

We are currently in the process of finalising the judges for the event.

Full details regarding the competition and the links to the rules and entry form will be published in due course. 

As in previous years, entry panels should be presented as colour print, monochrome print and projected image, with 10 images in each panel (plus 2 substitute images). A club may enter one, two or all three sections. No photographer may be represented more than twice on any given panel.

Clubs should now start selecting images for their panels. We hope that all Association clubs will participate, and enter in as many sections as possible. Please remember that clubs need to be fully paid up members of the Association to compete in this event.

SACC Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 – Results & Report







The SACC regional qualifying round of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/2017 took place last Sunday (January 22nd) at the Cabragh Wetlands Trust, Cabragh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. And what a great day it was with so many wonderful images, and a large attendance in a fabulous venue.

The event was extremely well attended again this year with photographers travelling the length and breath of the region to be there. The glorious weather facilitated travelling and afforded members a chance to see the Cabragh wetlands. We are sure that many made plans to return and photograph in this wonderful natural environment.

Congratulations to all award winners, especially Dominick Moloney from Limerick Camera Club who was selected as regional winner with his stunning image ‘Himalayan Bumble Bee’.  We’d love to show you his image, and the other award winning ones, but we’ll have to wait until the finals are over next month.

Thank you to our judges, Kevin Murphy, FIPF, ARPS and Des Connors, FIPF, for their expertise in selecting winners in the various competition categories. It was a difficult task with so many stunning image entered on the day. Thanks also to Thurles Camera Club members for their valuable assistance on organising the venue, providing café facilities and helping with the running of the competition throughout the day.

Thanks to all at the Cabragh Wetlands Trust for the use of their amazing and beautiful venue. We’d encourage members with an interest in nature photography to make the trip to Thurles and are sure that it’d be worthwhile to add to your nature photography portfolio!

We’d also like to say a big thank you to Jim McSweeney for his beautiful calligraphy skills on the award certificates!

Report cards will be sent out shortly. Images were marked out of a maximum score of 18 points.  The qualifying mark for all sections was 12 points and above.

The competition results are available here: SACC Nature PotY Results

We hope to see you all again to Drogheda in a few weeks for the national finals and also hope to see some of our SACC photographers in the winners enclosure!

Gallery of Award Winners below:

SACC Round of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 – Schedule

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The SACC Qualifying Round of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 competition will, appropriately, take place at the Cabragh Wetlands Trust facility, Cabragh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Sunday January 22nd.

This competition is one of the highlights of the SACC calendar as a large number of SACC members are keen Nature Photographers. The competition is the Southern Regional round of the IPF Nature PotY Competition 2016/17 and qualifying entries will go forward to the IPF national final.

For this years competition we’re delighted to welcome the following judges:

  • Kevin Murphy, FIPF, ARPS
  • Des Connors FIPF.

Event Schedule:

10.00am-11.00am Hand in of print entries.
Prints for the SACC Nature PotY must have been entered / pre-registered via the online IPF system. Prints that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted.
11.15 am Talk by Kevin Murphy, FIPF, ARPS
Kevin will give a talk on Wildlife Photography and the law.
12.00am – 1.00pm Judging of Print Entries
Print judging starts at 12.00am and will continue until lunch (1:00pm approx).
1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch.
Tea / Coffee and Sandwiches will be available in the Cabragh Wetlands facility.
2.00pm-4.00pm Judging of Projected entries.
4.15 pm (Approx) Results and Awarding of Prizes.


Qualifying prints will be retained and forwarded to IPF for National Finals.

Images that do not qualify for national finals can be collected AFTER awards ceremony.


We wish all entrants the very Best of Luck! 


Rikki O’Neill December 2016 Tour


– Rikki O’ Neill, FPRPS, MPAGB, FIPF, Hon SPF  –

The Cork International Salon of Photography and the SACC are delighted to announce that Rikki O’Neill FRPS will be conducting a lecture tour in the Southern region this December.  There will be a €5 cover charge for each talk.

The lecture tour title is “ Visual Alchemy “, and in Rikki’s own words is ……..” basically about my influences as to my style of photography showing other artist/photographers images that inspire me as well as giving my reasons as to the purpose of Photoshop and followed by a large selection of past and present images”.

Rikki, who is a self taught artist, began his career as a cartoonist with D C Thomson Ltd. and has produced hundreds of cartoons for the Sunday Post as well as story illustrating for the My Weekly magazine.

He is a creative photographer and artist by profession. Rikki combines his artistic and photographic skills to produce award-winning images in monochrome and colour, and has worked in both film and in digital in the course of his artistic career. He describes his photography as being about images that try to evoke emotion with the viewer by creating a “painterly, illustrative” quality. Through his unique vision, artistry and digital skills he has produced many unique and emotive images. Many of his images have won acclaim both nationally in the UK and internationally!

Rikki has served on the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Visual Arts Associate and Fellowship panels and was until recently the Chair of the panel. He is also on the Roll of Honour of the Scottish Photographic Federation (hon SPF), a Fellow of the Irish Photographic Federation (FIPF), a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB) and has also been elected as a member of The London Salon. Rikki has exhibited widely.

The talks will take place at the dates and venue below – see posters at the top of this post for additional details:

  • Thursday, December 8th at 8:00pm in The Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny.
  • Monday, December 12th at 8pm in the Mercy Centre, Mallow.
  • Tuesday, December 13th at 8.00pm in 36 Patrick’s Quay, Cork.

 We encourage all SACC members to avail of one of these opportunities to hear from an international leader and authority in the sphere of creative art and photography.

SACC Photographer of the Year competition 2016/17 – Regional Round Report and Results

Each November one of the most anticipated and competitive events on the SACC calendar is the southern round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition. This year was no exception with members from clubs all over the region submitting images to the event. This year again saw an increase over the number of images for last years competition. As always a high standard made the judges decision a difficult one for the individual events and in selecting the overall winner for The SACC Photographer of the Year which is also the Regional Qualifying Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 / 2017.

Congratulations goes to Paul Reidy from Blarney Photography Club who was the overall winner and recipient of the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy at this year’s competition. 

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The SACC regional rounds and the IPF PotY competition are sponsored by Bermingham Cameras this year. As part of this sponsorship Bermingham’s provided a gift voucher for the overall winner.

Please note that we are unable to show you the winning images as these have gone forward to IPF Photographer of the Year (PotY) national final which will take place in February 2017.

The SACC PotY Competition was held at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co.Tipperary on Sunday Nov 20th and had a large attendance.  

We wish all those who qualified from the SACC region the very best of luck in the IPF finals. In his closing remark, the SACC Chairman, Richard Dwyer, thanked all involved in helping out on the day and particularly the judges: Joe Doyle AIPF, AFIAP; Michelle La Grue, AIPF and Denis Whelehan AIPF, EFIAP, who did a great job staying focused while reviewing the hundreds of images. He also thank the members of the SACC Committee and all those who entered the competition and those who travelled to the event for their valued support.

Regional and national events such as this bring together SACC and IPF members who share our common interest in photography. Participation in these events is a demonstration of that shared interest, and also their willingness to support each other, and the associations that represent them, by showcasing their best images.

Individual report cards will be sent by the end of this week. Results are below.

Overall Winner
1stPaul ReidyBlarney Photography ClubTHE OLD MASTERPIECE27
Colour Print - Open - Advanced
1stPAUL REIDYBlarney Photography ClubTHE OLD MASTERPIECE27
2ndPAUL REIDYBlarney Photography ClubAUTUMN QUEEN27
3rdBill PowerCork Camera GroupEternal Lines27
HMPAUL REIDYBlarney Photography ClubNELLIE RED27
HMSeamus CostelloeKilkenny Photo SocietyUlron 127
Colour Print - Open - Intermediate
1stTony CoakleyMallow Camera ClubWhose Out There27
2ndChristopher BourkeMallow Camera ClubOrange Tip Butterfly on Charlock27
3rdSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubWho is looking at me25
HMThomas HealyBlackwater Photographic SocietyWinter Robin24
HMhenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubmilk way24
Monochrome Print - Open - Advanced
1stMorgan O'NeillCork Camera GroupBird watcher27
2ndBill PowerCork Camera GroupShadows of a Past27
3rdVladimir MorozovWexford Camera ClubDistant relations27
HMBill PowerCork Camera GroupThe Meaning of a Sigh27
Monochrome Print - Open - Intermediate
1sthenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubhigh rise25
2ndDonna ForanWexford Camera ClubBeginnings25
3rdhenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubnice gi25
HMVincent HigginsMallow Camera ClubMighty Roar.24
HMAndrew MaganKilkenny Photo SocietyThe Chief24
Projected Image - Open -Advanced
1stMorgan O'NeillCork Camera GroupFalling apple27
2ndKieran O MahonyBlackwater Photographic SocietyThe hunter27
3rdMorgan O'NeillCork Camera GroupThe Wait26
HMBill PowerCork Camera GroupDark Blue26
HMKieran O MahonyBlackwater Photographic SocietyWet feet26
Projected Image - Open - Intermediate
1stKristin GrayWexford Camera ClubFairy Pools of Skye26
2ndBREDA OMULLANEMallow Camera ClubAn Spideog26
3rdKieran RussellDeise Camera ClubBallydwane Stream26
HMSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubBird on a log26
HMBREDA OMULLANEMallow Camera ClubHitchhiking25
Colour Print - Theme - Advanced
1stBill PowerCork Camera GroupNot my Destiny27
Colour Print - Theme - Intermediate
1stKevin BarrettBlarney Photography ClubLuna Rossa25
HMhenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubfire lady23
Monochrome Print - Theme - Advanced
1stSeamus CostelloeKilkenny Photo SocietyMan at Ofice27
HMJohn CuddihyKilkenny Photo SocietyStanleys Tailor27
Monochrome Print - Theme - Intermediate
1stSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubBird Man27
HMKristin GrayWexford Camera ClubGreat Unknown24
Projected Image - Theme - Advanced
1stBill PowerCork Camera GroupQuaint Dignity26
HMStephen ConwayWexford Camera ClubOur Man Jackie26
Projected Image - Theme - Intermediate
1sthenry o brienBlarney Photography Clubfrank26
HMSeamus MulcahyBlarney Photography ClubGirl with a wisp of haie24

SACC Regional Round of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 / 17 now open!


We’re pleased to announce that the SACC regional qualifying round of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/2017 is now open for entries.

To read more about this competition, the themes for this year, cost of entry etc., please read this post on the IPF Website. You can also access the IPF entry link by clicking here.

The competition is open to all members of SACC affiliated club.

The closing date for SACC Regional entries is December 12th 2016.

The SACC Nature PotY competition will take place on Sunday, January 22nd at the Cabragh Wetlands Trust facility, Cabragh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Please note this year:

  • All entries should be made through the IPF Website
  • You must upload a digital copy of all prints at time of entry.
  • Please note the mandatory labelling system for all print entries. These labels are available for download from the IPF website. You can also access the download by clicking here.
  • Please ensure that you enter the correct level as defined in the rules – pay careful attention to the definitions of the Advanced and Non-Advanced entry criteria.

For the 2016/2017 season, the sections in full are shown below (from the IPF website). For the full definition of themes, please go to themes page on the IPF Web site and refer to the rules. The first four sections below are run under the FIAP nature definition while ‘The Natural World’ is defined within our competition rules document.

  • Print – Open
  • Print – Theme – Flora and Fungi
  • Projected Image – Open
  • Projected Image – Theme – Irish wild birds and wildlife
  • Projected Image – Open – The Natural World


Entry fee structure listed below:

  • One Section: €15
  • Two Sections: €20
  • Three Sections: €25
  • Four or more Sections: €30



We are delighted to welcome the following judges for this years SACC Regional round:

  • Kevin Murphy, FIPF, ARPS
  • Des Connors FIPF.


SACC Photographer of the Year 2016 / 17 – Event Schedule


The SACC Qualifying Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2016/17  in association with Bermingham Cameras will be held on Sunday, November 20th in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary. This competition is open to all individual members of SACC affiliated clubs and is the Southern Regional round of the IPF PotY Competition 2016/17. Check out the entry details and themes in the related post on the SACC or the IPF websites. 
Note: Closing date for entries: Tuesday, Nov 15th 2016.   Please ensure that your print entries have the correct SACC label attached and filled out. Thanks you. The label is available for download from the IPF website. The label download link may also be accessed from here.

Event Schedule:

9.00am-10.00am Hand in of print entries.
Prints for SACC PotY must have been pre-registered via online IPF system. Prints that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted.
10.45am – close Judging starts at 10.45am and will continue in the following sequence:

  • Colour Prints (open & themed)
  • Monochrome prints (open & themed)
  • Projected Images (open & themed).
  • Award Ceremony

( There will be a lunch break at approximately 1:00pm.)

Images that do not qualify for national finals can be collected AFTER awards ceremony.
Qualifying prints will be retained and forwarded to IPF for National Finals.

We wish all entrants the very Best of Luck! See you all in Horse & Jockey on the 20th.


SACC Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 – Open for Entries


The SACC Committee is delighted to announce that the 2016 SACC Photographer of the Year Competition will be held on Sunday, November 20th in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary. This competition is open to all individual members of SACC affiliated clubs and is the Southern Regional round of the IPF PotY Competition 2016/17
The best overall image in the SACC region is awarded the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy. There are 6 categories available to enter; 3 open and 3 themed.
(The national finals of the IPF PotY will take place in February).

The competition is now open for online entries via the IPF Website. Please note that this year the entries for all the regional PotY rounds are being centralised through the IPF Website.
Full details of the competition, including entry fees and the link to enter and upload your images, are available on the IPF Website:

There are two sections, Open and Themed:

Open sections:

  • Colour Print
  • Monochrome Print
  • Projected Image

Themed sections:

  • Colour Print – Creative / Experimental Photography
  • Monochrome Print – Environmental Portraiture
  • Projected Image – The Human Face and Body

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, Nov 15th 2016.

Our judges this year are:

  • Joe Doyle AIPF, AFIAP
  • Michelle La Grue, AIPF
  • Denis Whelehan AIPF, EFIAP (Dundalk CC)

This year we’re delighted to have Bermingham Cameras as our sponsor for the competition.

About our Sponsors

Bermingham Cameras is an Irish company set up in 1968 by Paddy Bermingham, the original owner. Now the store is owned by Brian Whelan, who has worked in the store since 1968, and is a family run business. They have a huge range of photographic equipment stock in both new and used equipment, and have been awarded the statuses of:

  • Nikon Professional Dealer
  • Canon Imaging Partner
  • Fugi X-Series Specialist
  • Panasonic Lumix Imaging Specialist
  • Sony Imaging Specialist

They pride themselves on their technical knowledge and after sales service and they welcome photographers of all levels. They run regular training events and talks for their customers and also exhibit at various trade shows throughout the year. They support camera clubs and the IPF in various ways including sponsorship and camera club events.

If you are not based close to them, their website carries the full inventory of their stock and they also have a very active social media presence with the latest news from their store.

Bermingham Cameras – Ireland’s No 1 for your photographic needs!
Tel: 00-353-6772205; Fax: 00-353-67199166 cameras


SACC Creative Photography Competition 2016 – Report

The SACC Creative Photography Competition 2016 was held in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, on Sunday October 23rd and was hosted by Dungarvan Camera Club. The overall entry was up by 10% on last year continuing the upward trend in submission numbers. The print entry numbers was slightly down, but this was offset by the increase in the PDI (Projected) image entries. This increase is indicative of the continuing growth in interest in this photography genre. The open interpretation of creative photography amongst members resulted in wide variety of images in terms of subject, levels of post processing and artistic creativity.


We were delighted to see photographers from all around the country taking part as this event is a national competition and is open to members from all IPF affiliated clubs. Additionally the top scoring 35% count as Irish qualifiers for those going for AFIAP distinctions.

Our thanks to all involved in making this competition a success:

  • Our judges, Martin Spackman ARPS and Paul Reidy LIPF, AFIAP who provided excellent commentary & feedback throughout the judging.
  • The SACC Committee.
  • Dungarvan Camera Club committee and members.
  • All who entered images and those who attended.

In addition to the excellent feedback from the judges throughout the judging, Martin Spackman spoke at length about a number of aspects of the creative image process, including the importance of photographic prints as a media choice. He said that some images by virtue of their subject and treatment lend themselves to print rather than PDI, and vise versa, it is therefore important for entrants to evaluate their submissions on that basis, He also said that creativity can be as much about in camera techniques as post processing of images.

He emphasised that in judging the entries, the judges took into account the degree of compliance with the definition of creativity published for the competition as well as overall image composition and quality. He said that some images worked better where a simplicity of subject and creative approach was used and that post processing wasn’t the only creative avenue available. In relation to the fact that large text featured in two of the winning images (the Mickey Mouse name in “Anna” by Iga Sasiela, and the name on the boat in Ron Bending’s “Moored at Morston”), Martin said that he did not see this feature as a negative in creative images, as some judges did, and felt that in some case it even complimented the image.

In relation to the choice the overall winner he said that the judges had a difficult decision as the winning images in both the Print and Projected were of such a high standard. The final selection of “Anna” by Iga Sasiela (featured below) was the result of much deliberation and was influenced by the freshness, simplicity of subject matter, newness of overall treatment and the use of vibrant colour to emphasise the subject.  

Martin expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to judge the competitions and said that the overall standard was high. He also said that he and his wife had thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Dungarvan and the South East and thanked the Dungarvan club members for their warm welcome and hospitality throughout.

Congratulation to all those who won awards and our thanks to our judges (Martin Spackman and Paul Reidy), the committee and members of Dungarvan Camera Club, the SACC Committee and to all entrants in the competition, whose combined effort and contributions resulted in another very successful and interesting national competition.

View the Gallery of Winning Images and photos of the Prize presentations here:    SACC Creative Competition Gallery

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