We’re back for the 2018/2019 season!

Cork Camera Group kicked off the 2018/2019 year this evening, holding its first meeting of the year in the club rooms at 36 St Patrick’s Quay, Cork. The first night back was our usual catch up with club members not seen since before the summer, and we laid out our plan for the year in terms of events, guest speakers,  competition themes, the Cork International Salon of Photography,  and proposed outings. 

Next Tuesday we have a presentation from Charlie O’Donovan  – ‘My Photographic Journey – an Awakening’.

See you then


If you would be interested in joining the Cork Camera Group and have an interest in photography as a hobby or would like to learn a bit more about photography the club is open to new members of all levels.  You will find a bit more about the club below.


Cork Camera Group

Cork Camera Group (CCG)  is a  medium-sized camera club situated in the heart of Cork city, based at 36 Patrick’s Quay,  a short distance from Brian Boru Bridge. We welcome all types of members, everyone from beginners to the more advanced. We organise workshops, host visiting speakers and go on outings in order to gain practical experience in the field of photography. We also run advice and critique nights at which members are given constructive and friendly feedback on their work. Members have a wide variety of interests. Some are keen landscape/seascape photographers; others prefer wildlife photography whilst others are interested in people and portrait photography. There are also those who are interested in experimental photography, using their camera and Photoshop or other software skills to create works that challenge the imagination and push the boundaries of creativity.

We hold a monthly in club competition. For this members submit three works. The themes for half of the competitions are open; the remainder are supplied by the club. CCG s a member of the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC) and as such take part in interclub competitions. We are also affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and as such take part in competitions at a national level.

Members are united by a love of photography in all its aspects. You are most welcome to come along to one of our meetings to see if it is a club that meets your needs and you would care to belong to.

We meet each Tuesday of the month at 7.45pm at 36 Patrick’s Quay.

AGM 2016

The club’s AGM, attended by a large cohort of our membership, was held on Tuesday May 24th. Prior to the AGM, we were delighted to have displayed Paula Falvey’s beautiful and successful Licentiate Panel, which was very well complimented. Congratulations again Paula!

The normal business of AGMs (Minutes/Reports and Nominations to Committee) were completed before moving on to several members’ Motions. These related to Membership; Grading; Competitions (League /POTY/Interclub/Judging) etc., Each motion led to lively, extensive discussion and highlighted some divergent views on how best to engage, motivate and encourage increased member participation, at all levels, in the coming year. Some motions were passed and others failed. The detail, of how any changes arising will be applied practically, will be decided by the Committee and communicated to members, in due course.

Two long standing, creative and very hard working members of our Committee have stood down this year, after long and stellar service to our club. Both Niamh Whitty and Jason Town have played leading roles in developing and enhancing our clubs reputation nationally and internationally. In addition they have engaged in the challenging task of obtaining and selecting images to successfully represent the Club at key regional, national & international Inter-Club Competitions. Last but not least, our electronic media service offering and competition entry system has been developed and upgraded under their leadership. The meeting recognised and thanked them both for their superb service over the years. Fortunately for us their vast experience and knowledge remains available to our club. John D also stepped down as Events Organiser, with one last outing to cruise the Blackwater, taking place, weather permitting, on June 12th.

Our Committee going into 2016/2017 season to continue the leadership and hard work needed to chart our way forward for another successful club year is as follows and we wish them the best of luck, especially those newly elected:

  • Chairman: Noel O’Connell
  • Secretary: Fidelma Read
  • Treasurer: Paul Maher
  • Competition Secretary: Niall Brownen
  • Webmaster: Danny Foley
  • Events Officer: Diarmuid O’Sullivan

A number of subcommittees were established to support the Club officers in carrying out their duties. Here’s looking forward to a great 30th Anniversary year!

All over for another season, well nearly! Our final celebration night out takes place next Saturday 28th May at 8pm Ovens Bar (Upstairs) finger food, presentation of awards etc. Not to be missed! See you there for the craic!

– Report by Máire Sweeny (one of our newly formed team of reporters, the other part being Olive Dawes!)

AGM 2015

Our AGM was held last night (Tuesday May 26th) and the table below indicates the officers of the club going into the new season. Congratulations to all those who were elected (& re-elected in some cases) and we look forward to the next year under your leadership.

We say a sincere thank you to Ann Francis who has chaired the club for the last two year and led the way with two new distinctions during her time as chair – no pressure on the incoming chairman Noel O’Connell!!

We also say thank you to John Finn who has stepped down as our treasurer after two years keeping the club in the black. Paul Maher moves from secretary (after 6 years of dedication!) to the position of treasurer and we welcome Fidelma Read as our new secretary.

Final thanks to Danny Foley who has held various positions in the club for many, many years giving a huge amount of time and commitment, most recently as Events Co-Ordinator. John Sullivan has big shoes to fill as he steps into that role!

Mariusz Kalinowski and Riana Parsons join Fiona Casey on the competitions team, led once again by Jason Town.

Martin Duggan is now our resident photographer and together with Riana Parsons, they will be working with Niamh Whitty as webmaster to help provide content for our website and Facebook page.

The AGM itself was as lively as always and we look forward to another great season 🙂

The evening ended with our new chairman Noel O’Connell presenting Morgan O’Neill with his EFIAP/silver distinction – the most fitting way to end another super year at CCG 🙂


ChairpersonMark McGranaghan
Competition SecretaryNiall Brownen
Events OfficerJohn O'Sullivan
Salon ChairpersonJoe Forde
SecretaryPaul Maher
TreasurerJohn D Sullivan
WebmasterMassimo Berta

Competition TeamMichael O'Sullivan, John Finn
Web & Content TeamJohn Finn, Maire McSweeney

And… we’re back!

Welcome back to Cork Camera Group as we start the 2014/2015 season!

Did you miss the first night at the club?  We had quite a few changes! And an exciting agenda for 2014!

Our committee remains unchanged from last year but we have a few new assistants.  Danny Foley, Fiona Casey and Noel O’Connell have been recruited by Jason to the competition sub-committee and Dani Teston will be working with Niamh as her assistant for our website.


  • League:  The themes for the league are now available to view via this link. We hope you enjoy the challenges they present.  There is also a new upload system for competitions courtesy of Jason.  Check it out on the League Page.
  • Team competition: The team competition/scavenger hunt will take place on October 7th.  Get your name into Jason ASAP.
  • *NEW* 31 days of october: Take one photo each day of October and upload it. If you skip one day, you are out! It is not allowed to save time and take 31 photos on the first day and upload them later. Let the fun begin! 🙂

Promotion and demotions

Wait! What? Demotions?

Yes!  The grades from now on will be self-regulated.

Twice a year, after Round 4 & Round 8, promotions and demotions occur!

  • If your image average is greater than the image average of the grade above you, you will be promoted
  • If your image average is less than the image average of the grade below you, you will be demoted
  • If you have an AIPF or FIPF, you are in Grade 1 permanently
  • If you have LIPF, you are in minimum of Grade 2 permanently (i.e. you can’t be demoted to Grade 3!)

There is a one-time only opportunity to apply to have yourself moved to another grade if you feel you are currently in the incorrect grade.  This expires on September 29th so get in touch with Jason asap and he will review and let you know whether your application has been successful.

For full rules of all our competitions, please refer to Club Competition Rules.

We look forward to another exciting year at the club and hope to see all our members continue to improve their photography!  Please don’t hesitate to contact the committee with any questions or queries!

Review of the 2013/2014 season at CCG!

We’ve had an amazing year this year with the successful launch of the 1st Cork International Salon of Photography, multiple new distinction holders, numerous medals and award for individual members, SACC Interclub Champions once again, honorary memberships and much more!

We thank the committee for their extremely hard work over the year and are grateful that we have so many people willing to give so much time and commitment to the club.

Attached below is a review of year – hope we’re missed nothing!

Can’t wait to see what next season brings 🙂

2013-2014 Year Review

Table Quiz 2013

Our annual table quiz took place on April 23rd and was won by John Sullivan’s team.

As usual, the quiz received generous support from our members and this year all proceeds go to CUH Charity in the name of Teresa O’Sullivan, Michael’s mother, who sadly passed away a short time ago in the care of CUH.

Thanks to Audrey & Paul for organizing the night, to our quizmaster Vincent, to all who donated prizes for the raffle and to everyone who helped out on the night.

2011/2012 Season Review

Since we started back last September, we’re had a really great year with lots of achievements at both individual and club level that we are very proud of.  While the committee works on plans to make our next year even better, we’re just taking a moment to share this past year in our club with you (in no particular order!).  Thanks for reading 🙂

Guest Speakers
During the year we were delighted to welcome
Catherine McBride AIPF
Scott McBride AIPF
Gabriel O’Shaughnessy FIPF FRPS MFIAP.
In conjunction with SACC, we also hosted an evening with Steven Le Prevost FRPS AFIAP MGAPB

Monthly outings all organised by Paul proved very popular with trips to Spike Island, The Black Valley, Garretstown, Christmas lights in Cork City, Cork Docklands, Cork Airport, Fota and The Saltee Islands.

We had a fantastic year in the distinctions department this year with two new fellowships, one new associateship and seven new licentiateships. Congratulations to all, but especially to Michael & Niamh on their fellowships!!

FRPS – Michael O’Sullivan
FIPF – Niamh Whitty
AIPF – Jason Town
LIPF – Seán Moriarty, Virginia Kelleher, Andrew O’Connell, Helen Devitt, John Finn & Ann Francis
LRPS – John Finn

We hosted two exhibitions again last year, both organised and run to perfection by Audrey, with our thanks!
School of Music in October – Opened by John Hooton
Cork Vision Centre in March – Opened by John Creedon. Congrats to Niamh Whitty on winning the Kevin Ryan memorial cup at this exhibition. 

Table Quiz
Our annual table quiz (again organised by Audrey) took place in April with proceeds going to Cork Penny Dinners.

During the year, we visited Blarney & Clonakilty Camera Clubs, and we also had Ballincollig, Cobh & Mallow Camera Clubs come and visit us. Always very enjoyable nights and great to meet other clubs!

National Shield Competition
This year was our first time entering the IPF National Shield competition and we finished joint 4th place overall – just one point away from 3rd place!  Even better though, our colour print panel was best colour print panel, helped by Virginia Kelleher’s beautiful image which won her a gold medal for best colour print! Thanks to Jason & Niamh for organising entry, to Michael for printing & to Paul for travelling to hang it.

SACC Interclub Competition
We took second place overall at for the second year running (runners up to Mallow Camera Club – the current national champions). Our colour print panel placed joint 3rd, monochrome print panel 5th and projected panel joint 2nd (just one point away from the winning projected panel!). Thanks to Jason & Niamh for organising entry and travelling to hang panels and to Michael for printing them. 

IPF Club Finals Competition
We finished 4th overall at the National Club Finals, taking 3rd place in colour and 4th place in monochrome, plus an honourable mention to Michael O’Sullivan for his image ‘Fallen Angel’. Again, thanks to Jason & Niamh for organising entry and to Niamh & Paul for travelling to hang panels! 

SACC Nature Competition
Congrats to Jason Town on a SACC bronze medal for one of his images in this competition.

IPF Print & Projected Images Competition
Congrats to Nathan Richardson on an honourable mention for one of this images in this competition.

Photography Ireland Yearbook
Six members had their work accepted and published in the yearbook last year.

Our website got a major makeover last summer and we also launched our own Facebook page. Thanks to Niamh on both counts.

Thank you
Thanks to everyone who donated their time and experience over the year running tutorials and to the new members who bravely stood up and showed us their images. We really appreciate it!! Thanks also to our chairman, Michael, for standing up and keeping the show running every week. Not a job most of us would take on!

A massive thank you to each member of the committee for their work over the last year and continued success to them next year as the entire committee remains unchanged going into 2012/2013 with the exception of addition of Danny Foley who joins in a newly created position of New Member Liaison Officer.

Internal Competitions
It was great to see such a big entry into all our internal competitions this year.  Congratulations of course to the various winners, but congratulations also to everyone who entered and allowed their images to be judged.  Thanks to Jaosn and Niamh for organising & running The Monthly League, Photographer of the Year, AV Competition & Team Competition.

We saw a considerable intake of new members last year and we’re very excited to see so much new talent. Thanks are due to our secretary, Paul, for his hard work dealing with new membership applications & queries.

Told you it was a busy year 🙂
Onwards and upwards then…

Table Quiz 2012

Our annual table quiz took place back on April 3rd and as usual was surrounded in controversy over certain answers – and even some of the questions this time around 🙂

That being said, we had a great turnout and a hugely enjoyable night with all proceeds going to Cork Penny Dinners (http://www.corkpennydinners.ie).  They are one of Cork’s oldest charities and provide hot meals to those in need and we are delighted to pass the proceeds of the quiz onto them

Thanks to Audrey for organizing the night, to our quizmaster Vincent, to all who donated prizes for the raffle and to everyone who helped out on the night. Congrats to Joe & Martin’s teams who tied for the win.

I leave you with one of the contentious items, from the dingbat round. What does this say?
Answers on a postcard please 🙂