The John Doheny Landscape Competition 2021 – Sponsored by the EPA

“Traditional Landscapes”
Entries will be confined to images captured anywhere on the island of Ireland after 30th September 2020. There will be two grades and entries can be either Mono or Colour and up to 5 images entered as Grade 1 (Advanced) and Grade 2 (Non-Advanced). Open to any member of a registered SACC Club.

This year there will be super prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as medals awarded thanks to the sponsorship of the EPA.


Internationally recognised landscape photographer David Noton will once again take on the task of judging the competition. It’s time to charge the batteries! #holdfirm

The competition is now being sponsored by the EPA in honour of their esteemed colleague John Doheny who was a founding member of the SACC.  John had a long and distinguished career in the EPA and his love of photography was clear to see. Many EPA publications contain photographs that John took over the years and his photographic work is on display in the Cork Office as well as being reproduced as far and wide as the European Environment Agency and the  European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

John was a founder member of Mallow Camera Club and a previous Secretary, Chair and Webmaster of the SACC.  John served the SACC in various roles and was instrumental in keeping the organisation alive and growing over the years. The launch on 1st June 2021 coincides with the first anniversary of John’s untimely death.

Full details and rules will be published next week.

The John Doheny Memorial Shield

The SACC ran a special competition, for all members of its affiliated Clubs, as a Digital competition only. The idea is to capture the striking beauty and drama of the Irish Landscape, which of course includes Urban Landscapes, especially during this time of pandemic uncertainty. Discovering and rediscovering local and nearby places of beauty and or interest as well as rural landscapes transformed by the Lockdown has led to a wealth of amazing images. The competition was open to all members of SACC affiliated Clubs in good standing. The competition consisted of two sections (Colour and Monochrome), under the theme of “Irish Lockdown Landscapes” and was for FIAP defined “Traditional Photographs”. Entries were confined to landscape images captured anywhere on the island of Ireland between 15th March 2020 and 30th September 2020. There were two grades within each section, Grade 1(Advanced) and Grade 2 (non-Advanced). The SACC inaugurated the “John Doheny Shield” to be awarded annually to the winner of this particular Competition’.

The Competition commemorated John Doheny late of Mallow Camera Club. John had been taking photographs since he was a youngster. Landscapes, seascapes, travel, architecture and people were his main photographic subjects. He was a founder member of Mallow Camera Club and a previous Secretary, Chair and Webmaster of the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC). As a founding member of the regional body as well, John served the SACC in various roles and was instrumental in keeping the organisation alive and growing over the years. John also served as member of the Council of the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) publishing its first website and first newsletter. John was highly regarded as a leading light in all regional and national club photography and without him it would not be at the same high level that it is today. John made a huge contribution to club photography and especially the SACC and the current committee felt this was an appropriate way to mark his unique contribution. As well as being a most capable administrator and no mean photographer John was an “all round nice guy” who was universally popular with all his colleagues on the Irish Photography Scene. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a Anam uasail”.

We were delighted to get that the celebrated photographer David Noton to Judge the inaugural John Doheny Competition. With 40 years’ experience as a wandering professional David Noton is established and recognised as a leading landscape and travel photographer. His passion for photography, travel and the world’s beautiful places are the defining influences that have shaped David’s life, work and creative approach to photography. His images sell all over the world – both as fine art photography and commercially in advertising and publishing. He has won international awards for: British Gas/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in 1985, 1989 and 1990. David has published 3 books. The competition attracted over 250 entries and was well supported by Clubs across the Region and rounded off with an excellent presentation which can be viewed by clicking the previous post.

Mono Non-Advanced

3 rd Brian Power Mallow Camera Club
2 nd Brian Power Mallow Camera Club
1 st John Wall Ballincollig Camera Club

Colour Non-Advanced

HM Seamus Myers Mallow Camera Club
HM Eamon O’Donnell Mallow Camera Club
3 rd Donal Murphy Mallow Camera Club
 2 nd Brian Power Mallow Camera Club
 1 st John Wall Ballincollig Camera Club

Mono Advanced

HM Charlie O’Donovan Cork Camera Group
3 rd Neil O’Mullane Mallow Camera Group
2 nd Padraig Molloy Wexford Camera Club
1 st Tadhg Hurley Blarney Photography Club

Colour Advanced

3 rd Mark Gorman Blarney Photography Club
2 nd Neily Curtin Mallow camera Club
1 st Seamus Mulcahy Blarney Photography Club


3 rd Mark Gorman Blarney Photography Club
2 nd Neily Curtin Mallow camera Club
1 st Seamus Mulcahy Blarney Photography Club

POTY 2019

Results from the SACC 2019 POTY held in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Horse & Jockey, Thurles are below. Congratulation to Charlie O Donovan from Cork Camera Group winner of the SACC 2019 POTY. Also huge congratulations to all the winners with medals and Honourable mentions going to clubs from Cork, Blarney, Mallow, Kilkenny, Carrigaline, Blackwater, Carlow & Wexford. If you’re not in you can’t win!

POTY 2019 Winner – Charlie O Donovan – Cork Camera Group

Colour Print Open 


1st  – Paul Reidy – Blarney Photography Club

2nd –  Jim Linehan – Blarney Photography Club

3rd – Julia Trzesicka – Mallow Camera Club

Non Advanced

1st  – Lisa Egan – Mallow Camera Club

2nd –  Lisa Egan – Mallow Camera Club


Mono Print Open


1st  – Charlie O Donovan – Cork Camera Group

2nd – Michael Joseph – Kilkenny Photographic Society

3rd – Michael Strapec – Blarney Photography Club

Non -Advanced 

1st – Paul Madigan – Blackwater Photographic Society

2nd – Lisa Egan – Mallow Camera Club


Projected Open 


1st – Michael Strapec – Blarney Photographic Society

2nd – Vytenis Hausauskas – Carrigaline Photographic Society

3rd – Edward Mahon – Kilkenny Photographic Society

Non – Advanced

1st – Vincent Higgins – Mallow Camera Club

2nd – Moira Fulton – Kilkenny Photographic Society

3rd – David Lawlor – Carlow Photographic Society


Colour Print Theme 


1st – Michael Strapac – Blarney Photography Club

2nd  – Vladimir Morozov – Wexford Camera Club


Mono Print Theme


1st – Michael Strapac – Blarney Photography Club

2nd Paul Tips – Mallow Camera Club

Non Advanced

1st  – Paul Madigan – Blackwater Photographic Society

2nd –  Paul Madigan – Blackwater Photographic Society


Projected Theme 


1st – Paul Reidy – Blarney Photography Club

2nd – Michael Joseph – Kilkenny Photographic Society

Non – Advanced

1st – Moira Fulton – Kilkenny Photographic Society

2nd – Sabrina Dunny – Carlow Photographic Society

During the awards, Honorable Mentions were also given in the advanced category to Paul Reidy, Michael Strapec, Mark Gorman, Vivian Buckley, Edward Mahon, Janusz Trzesicka, Kieran O Mahony, Kevin Day, & Michael Joseph. In the Non Advanced category Honorable mentions were awarded to Paul Madigan, Vincent Higgins, Eileen Cashman.


Full table sets of results will be updated to the website soon.

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

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 – 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:

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 Next Season Event Schedule

SACC Update  – Event Schedule 2016 / 2017

With the new photographic season about to get under way the upcoming SACC events are as follows:

The SACC Creative Photography competition will be held on Sunday, October 23rd hosted by Dungarvan Camera Club in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. This competition is open to members of both SACC and IPF affiliated clubs. We are honoured to have Martin Spackman ARPS of NIPA judging this competition for us.

 Sunday, November 20th sees the SACC Photographer of the Year competition and the venue for this contest as in previous years is the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary.

 In January we have the Nature Photographer of the Year which will be hosted by Thurles Camera Club at a venue to be decided. We very much appreciate Dungarvan and Thurles hosting these competitions for us.

March will see the SACC Inter Club competition also at a venue to be decided.

The rules for each of our competitions are on our website

Last season we were delighted to have two outstanding photographers speak at a number of member clubs and we hope to arrange some visits to clubs this coming season.

Further updates will be published on our website and in the IPF newsletter.