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.

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