Celtic Challenge 2018

The IPF is requesting photographers to submit images for consideration to represent Ireland in the forthcoming Celtic Challenge being held in Scotland. The Biennial Selection Committee will be choosing a total of thirty images for the competition, but images may also be considered for future selection to represent Ireland in other competitions. Please forward this email to your club members and encourage them to submit images.

The criteria for submission are as follows.
1. The photographer must have had images entered in an IPF competition after 1st January 2016. The qualifying competitions are the IPF POTY, Nature POTY, National Shield and National Championships. Photographers who submitted successful distinction panels to the IPF in the past year may also submit images.

2. Images must be accompanied by an image title (no longer than thirty characters), name of the photographer, his/her distinctions, club name and a contact telephone number.

3. Photographs can be of any subject. The do not have to be the ones you entered in competitions. There are no restrictions on this. We will be entering a variety of images in future competitions so we would like a choice of subjects to choose from.

4. Images MUST be in JPEG format;  3000px @ 300ppi on the longest side. Images smaller than 2,400px will not be considered.

5. Not more than five images per photographer may be submitted.

Submit to ipfbiennials@gmail.com by Oct 4th.


KPS – 34th Annual Exhibition

Kilkenny Photographic Society – KPS  is delighted to announce its 34th Annual Exhibition which will take place at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny during the Kilkenny Arts Festival from the 11th to 20th, Aug, 2017.

The exhibition opening times are as follows: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12am-5pm.

The exhibition will take place in the unit beside Quigley’s, located in the Workhouse Square event space. The exhibition will be officially launched by The Irish Photographic Federation’s newly elected President, Dominic Reddin, on Friday the 11th of August at 7.00pm. Light refreshments will be served and our annual Photographer Of The Year competition [POTY] award ceremony will also take place. Full details of the event here http://wp.me/p3ws5r-1JD


At the 2017 AGM and in keeping with well-established practice Blarney Photography Club took over responsibility for the administration of the SACC from Kilkenny Photographic Society who had undertaken that role for the preceding two years.

Mark Gorman – Chairman                                     Tadhg Hurley – Treasurer

Ger O’Halloran – Secretary                                      Henry O’Brien – Vice Chairman

One of the first tasks will be to re-establish contact with our member clubs. To that end we have sent an e-mail to the last known contact at each club asking them to respond directly to us or to pass the e-mail to the relevant person in their particular club for their attention.

Please send any corrections or updates to us to ensure continued notifications.

Once we have our address list up to date we anticipate contacting our member clubs again in relation to the forthcoming season.

In the interim, if your club have any particular events you wish to publicise or interesting items you may wish to share please let us know and we will publish the details on our web-site and Facebook pages.

You can update email addresses or send notifications to us via the contact page on the website or just click here.

Hoping to have a great couple of years with some brilliant photography!



Last few days of exhibition

Be sure to visit the east Cork camera Group Exhibition in Cork Airport as the last few days of the show is on. East Cork Camera Group decided to photograph every cruise liner visit to Cork Harbour in 2015 and, with over fifty visits scheduled, it was clear at the outset that it would be a commitment to get them all.

Regal Princess kicked the season off in style on 25th April, arriving with the sunrise on a beautiful Saturday morning and from then on they came thick and fast, with multiple arrivals sometimes on the same day. The months rolled by and, when Marco Polo recorded the fifty seventh and final visit of the year on 21st December, the club had maintained a 100% record and in the process, exhausted vantage points all around the harbour from Roche’s Point to Myrtleville with Cobh town, of course, being a favourite haunt. Particular highlights were the many beautiful early mornings and balmy summer evenings spent around and on the harbour, the great people we met along the way and being invited on board Royal Princess and MSC Splendida to shoot their palatial interiors.

After every visit, a gallery of images was posted to this website where there are now over 1,000 images from the project in 57 galleries. Realising that this was a unique collection, thoughts of an exhibition soon began to circulate. The Cobh Maritime Building became available for an exhibition for the month of July 2016 and forty-five images were selected, including seven from the Lusitania Centenary Commemoration events held during May of that year. The exhibition, which was supported by many sponsors, was open to the public during the month of July, 2016 and attracted over 6,000 visitors. The exhibition in Cork Airport has seen many visits and will end at the end of July.

In the group photo from left to right are Kevin Day (Vice Chairperson, East Cork Camera Group), Noelle Lowney (Treasurer, ECCG), Anthony O’Connor (Chairperson, ECCG), Kathleen Walshe, (Communications, Cork Airport) and Denis Barry (PRO, ECCG) 



Anthony from the ECCG presented an exhibition book to Kathleen Walshe, Communications, Cork Airport in acknowledgement of their support.


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.

IPF – A Celebration of Distinctions

The IPF are delighted to announce “A Celebration of Distinctions” on June 17th at Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise which will give members of clubs an opportunity to see successful Fellowship, Associate and Licentiate panels up close and appreciate the quality of the images and printing. They will also be able to speak to the successful photographers about how the panels were put together and get valuable tips on how to build up panels – and what to avoid!

They are also delighted to confirm our keynote talk will be by Steven Le Prevost on his recent stunning FIPF and FRPS panels, which will be of special interest to Visual Art photographers.

It will be an opportunity to get an insight into the thinking behind successful images, and to get inspiration for new images. If you are planning to go for a distinction, and any level, Dunamaise Art Centre will be the place to be!

Throughout the day, everyone attending will be able to see Nature and Travel Fellowship panels by Bill Power and Gerry Kerr, Associate panels by Marie Phelan, Clodagh Tumilty, Paul Lanigan and Brian Mulligan, covering Flower Studies, Beaches, Street Photography, and Music and Licentiate panels by Jean Johnston, John Mee, Bernie Joyce and Emmanuelle Galisson.

The Celebration of Distinctions will be a must for all who enjoy seeing photographic excellence and creativity, and meeting other photographers to talk about photographs.

The event will also include advice by Des Clinton FIPF and Paul Stanley FIPF, the Chair and Vice-Chair of IPF Distinctions, on preparing panels of assessment with mini feedback sessions available for potential applicants. These will be strictly limited so book early!   Those seeking this advise should prepare by bringing a selection of prints (6×4/7×5 size sufficient). Images on computer are not suitable. There is no extra charge for this service.

This event costs €40 per person with discounts available for group bookings from IPF clubs and for paid up IPF distinction holders.

For more information see: http://irishphoto.ie/a-celebration-of-distinctions/

SACC Interclub Competition 2017 Report

The SACC Interclub Competition, which took place on April 9th, was another successful event for the organisation. It was held in the Loreto Convent in Kilkenny with 10 clubs taking part and a large number of attendees, particularly in the afternoon during the judges’ review and award ceremony. Thanks to our judges for the day, Deirdre Watson AIPF EFIAP, Frank Condra FIAP EFIAP, and Des Clinton FIPF FRPS EFIAP. They did an excellent job and their analysis of the competing panels were appreciated by all those attending.

Thanks to Kilkenny Photographic Society for hosting the event and arranging refreshments throughout the day and to the various SACC members who helped make the day run smoothly. Additionally, a big thank you is also due to Niamh Whitty, SACC Committee member, for her expert assistance with recording scores and results on the day.

As is usual at our Interclub Competition the SACC AGM was also held. There was also a larger attendance at the AGM and one of the main items on the agenda was handing over the stewardship of the Association to a new committee for the next 2 years. Our thanks to members of the Blarney Camera Club who have filled the various roles on the new committee. The election to the main committee positions was formally conducted with the following members from Blarney filling these roles:

  • Mark Gorman – Chairman
  • Ger O’Halloran – Secretary
  • Tadhg Hurley – Treasurer.

Following the committee election, the secretary, David Barrie, presented the results of a survey conducted among the regional clubs regarding their participation in SACC competitions. This generated considerable discussion from the members in attendance. Much of the debate revolved around how best to encourage clubs and their members to participate in SACC competitions. These suggestions will be taken on board by the incoming committee.

Judging of the print panels tool place during the morning, while the AGM was being held.  Projected panels were judged after lunch. This was followed by a public session during which the judges did an extensive review of all the panels, commenting at length on many individual images .

This was followed by the much anticipated announcement of the results and the presentation of awards. Congratulations to Cork Camera Group who won the competition for the fifth time in a row narrowly beating Blarney Photography Club into second place with Mallow Camera Club taking the third spot.  Blarney won the colour print section with Cork taking top spot in projected images and it was newcomer Blackwater Photographic Society who claimed the best monochrome print title.

Paul Reidy completed a hat trick of awards by adding best overall image title (& best colour print) for Autumn Queen to his IPF and SACC Photographer of the Year titles this year. Well done Paul!  Morgan O’Neill marginally missed out on the overall title, but will be adding his name to best monochrome print and best projected image trophies this year – both trophies already bear his name from previous wins to the engraver will have no problem!

For full results, please go to our Results Page.

We’d again like to thank Jim McSweeney for his wonderful penmanship on the award certificates!

Thanks again for your participation and we look forward to an even bigger event next year!

Thanks to Andy Megan, Kilkenny Photographic Society, for photographing the awards ceremonies. A gallery of his images can be seen below.

SACC Interclub 2017 – Now Open for Entries

The SACC Interclub Comeptition 2017 will be held on Sunday April 9th at Loreto Convent School, Grange Road, Kilkenny.

Rules are unchanged since last year and may be viewed on this link. In summary, panels are presented as colour print, monochrome print and projected image. A club may enter one, two or all three panels with ten images per panel. No photographer may be represented more then twice on any given panel.  Prints MUST fit on the panel boards.

We would love to see ALL clubs in the region taking part in the competition!  Don’t forget that a major part of this event is the public exhibition after judging has concluded, and representing your club on a panel is a very proud moment for every photographer.

The entry fee to this competition has remained unchanged from last year.  The fees are:

€30 for one panel
€40 for two panels
€50 for all three panels

Our judges for his years are:

  • Deirdre Watson AIPF EFIAP
  • Frank Condra AIPF EFIAP
  • Des Clinton FIPF FRPS EFIAP

What does my club need to do to enter?

  • Step 1 – Register & Pay by midnight April 2nd (Sunday)

Due to the logistics involved in arranging access to and transporting the panel boards, we need all participating clubs to complete their registration (see below) by Sunday April 2nd. So the first thing you need to do it to tell us you are entering (and which sections you are entering) and pay the entry fee either via Paypal or by sending a cheque to our treasurer Liam at his address below. PayPal is our preferred method of receiving payment. 

The Registration Form is at the foot of this post (Please scroll down)

If you don’t have a PayPal account, payment may be made by cheque to Liam Cahill, SACC Treasurer at the address below. Please include club name, club website, contact name, contact number and contact email address with all correspondence.

Liam Cahill,
SACC Treasurer,
1 The Meadows,
Co. Kilkenny

  • Step 2 – Email completed entry form by April 2nd

Entry forms (the details of the images being submitted – titles and authors) need to be with us by Sunday April 2nd. The entry form for 2017 can be downloaded via this link.  Please complete, save and email a copy to interclub@sacc.ie by Sunday April 2nd 2017.  Please study the rules before submitting!

  • Step 3 – Prepare

• Pack double-sided sticky velcro

Lots of it! You’ll need double-sided sticky velcro to attach your prints to the panel boards.

• Watch out for mount size

Maximum mount size is 20 x 16 inches. The dimensions of the panel boards are 8 x 4 feet (96 x 48 inches). Please note that if you are using the maximum size mount, and all mounts on any row are landscape oriented, they are not going to fit on the panel boards. You need to either adjust the layout of your panel, or use slightly smaller mounts.


Event Schedule

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Hanging panels
  • 10:00 – 12:00  Judging Print panels (Print gallery closed to public)
                                  SACC AGM
  • 12:00 – 13:00  Judging Projected panels
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break (Print Gallery open for public viewing)
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Results, judges review and presentation of awards


What to bring on competition day:

To hang Print Panels:

• Prints & velcro. Measuring tapes, spirit levels, laser pointers etc., optional!
• Printed thumbnail view of each overall print panel layout – A4 print ideal on any kind of paper
• Jpg of thumbnail view of each overall panel layout on disc or memory stick
• Jpgs of each image on each print panel (sized to 1024 pixels on longest edge) on disc or memory stick

For Projected Panels:

• Jpg of thumbnail view of projected panel layout (x2, one with name of club included, the other without) on disc or memory stick
• Digital jpgs of each image on projected panel (sized to 2400 pixels on longest edge) on disc or memory stick, numbered 1-10

Registration Issues or Queries

For any issues or queries, please use the contact form on our website and a member of the committee will be in touch.

Please note that only members of paid up clubs will have access to SACC competitions and only paid up clubs will be eligible to enter SACC Interclub Competition. Please refer to fees page to pay your 2017 club fees and provide contact details for your club.


2017 Registration Form:

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: