Thank you to everyone who has been in contact with queries about the National Shield 2017. The information on this email is primarily aimed at clubs who have been busily selecting panels for the competition and will be followed by updates in the weeks ahead.

Please carefully read the competition rules, especially rules relating to two images from LIPF holders being allowed on each panel and the number of images per photographer. 

Note that Licentiate holders who have won national or international awards, or who have successfully gained multiple acceptances in international competitions, may not have images entered in the competition. If you are in any way unsure about this rule, please contact me. I’m pleased to note that the decision to admit a limited number of LIPF holders into the competition, which was in response to requests from several clubs, has been generally very well received across the country.

At registration, image titles must be provided on an A4 sheet, in list form numbered from 1-8, starting with the first image on the top left-hand corner of your panel. The sheet must NOT contain the name of the club or any photographer. This list will be available to the judges during the judging process and is intended to be an aid to the judging process. Again, please note what it says in the rules.

Please also note the specifications for size of mounts and the images contained in them.

Note also that photograph details (photographer’s name, club and image title) must be fixed to the back lower-half of each mount. Do not fix the title to the upper half please, as this makes it visible from the oposite side of the display panel.

Sunday, 12th November, is the closing date for receipt of entries. The entry fee is €80.

The programme for the day will be announced closer to the date of the competition. Registration will commence at 9am on Sunday, 26th November, in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick.

 Meanwhile, I recommend you have a look at this link on the IPF website –