Faces of Shandon Exhibition

Photography is a slice of frozen time. When its a slice of time, photography becomes a historical tool. Documentation for future generations. This is exactly what Martin Duggan has done to Shandon Street. It’s not just history, but life and people in and around the street, a slice of Cork. a real one. An absolute reflection of the street and life displayed and archived in Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork

Running from the 25th of October to 14th of November, 2018 In the Cork City Library. Exhibited images and other Shandon Street images will be archived as ‘The Shandon Archives’ by the library for the public. The exhibition will be opened at 19:00 by award-winning photographer and former Deputy Editor of The Evening Post, Mr Vincent Kelly L.I.P.F. All are welcome.

Faces of Shandon Exhibition Cork

Success for Cork Camera Club members at the SACC Nature photographer of the year competition

Success for Cork Camera Club members at the SACC Nature photographer of the year competition, which was held last Saturday at The Cabra wetlands centre in Thurles.

A huge congratulations to club members Dave Harris, Vincent Kelly andJohn Tait who took home awards today from the SACC NPOTY competition.

Dave Harris won a silver medal in the Projected Natural World Advanced and he also got an Honourable Mention Print Open Advanced

Vincent Kelly took home the bronze medal in the colour print Open Advanced and got an Honourable Mention in the Projected Theme

John Tait was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Open Projected Advanced !

End of Year Awards

The Cork Camera Group end of year award ceremony took place in The Ovens Bar on May 28th, 2016. Congratulations to all awardees and to Niamh and Jason who received special service awards for outstanding contributions to Cork Camera Group over a number of years.

IPF & FIAP Distinction Successes!

Wow, May was a busy month in the club with finishing the last of our in-house competitions, competing at the national club finals and holding our AGM!  It was also the month when we congratulated four people on taking further steps in their photographic journeys.

FIAP-LogofacebookFirstly, congratulations to Ann Francis and Bill Power whose applications for EFIAP distinctions were successful.  These distinctions represent continued high achievement on the international competition circuit and we’re very proud of both Ann and Bill!  It comes as no surprise that Bill is doing so well internationally, having cleaned up on the national circuit this year – a fact noted in a short AV presentation at the club recently!

We are also thrilled to congratulate Paula Falvey on achieving licentiateship from the Irish Photographic Federation for a stunning collection of images, noted by the judges as being of extremely high standard.

Finally, we are delighted, and a little bit sad too, to share the news that the late Finbarr Townsend was also awarded with a licentiateship of the Irish Photographic Federation.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the announcement was made in Mullingar after the judges viewed his work! Our heartfelt congratulations to his courageous parents Gráinne & Declan who decided to take this enormous step on behalf of Finbarr.  Very fittingly, his panel of images reflected his life; his music, his dog, his girlfriend and his macro work.

We were honoured as a club to be a part of it in some small way and we thank Riana, Niamh and Michael for their work on this beautiful project. He would have been over the moon and back again at the result 🙂 We miss you Fin.

Click the images below to view them larger.


When Morgan went to the Emirates!

Back in April, we had a night of joy and celebration at the club as members marked the success of Morgan O’Neill in the recent 9th International Emirates Photography Competition (EPC) whose awards event he was invited to attend! Apologies for the delayed report.

His shot of his cousin ‘Kim’ was awarded a gold medal in the open colour section in this highly prestigious event. The fact that there were entries from 90 countries showed the level of competition Morgan was facing. His and other award winning shots are now on display until July in Abu Dhabi at the country’s arts and culture centre, the Manarat Al Saadiyat (the place of Enlightenment). Thousands are expected to see the prints!

Morgan says:

“Recently I had the privilege of being invited to the Emirates Photography Competition Awards ceremony to receive the biggest award I have ever dreamed of. I met and made friends with the nicest people I could ever have imagined.
On top of all these beautiful experiences I had the opportunity to play my AV presentation on a cinema size screen. It contained some of my favorite images and also my favorite music stretching back as far as my childhood. Thanks to Bill Power for giving up a lot of his time to help me put this AV together.”

Morgan, of course, is no stranger to success. One of the country’s foremost and finest photographers he has many awards and accreditations to his credit. In 2010, at his first attempt, he was awarded his Fellowship of the IPF. Only a handful of photographers achieve the award each year. His panel of 20 images featuring old, unoccupied houses, was hailed by the judges as an outstanding for its technical ability and emotional impact. He also has Associateship from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and EFIAP/silver distinction from FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art).
In 2013 his shot of Indian children was included in the Irish panel which competed against teams from all over the world in the 27th FIAP Projected Images biennial competition in Luxembourg. It was awarded a coveted silver medal.

Typically Morgan, who received a standing ovation from club members was very modest about his latest success, saying that it was a complete surprise to him. But, of course, it wasn’t to members who have long appreciated and admired his work and valued his encouragement and support.
Indeed that was the theme of his address: “If I can help others to achieve what I have achieved I certainly will”.

The highlight of his latest triumph was the announcement of his win, meeting with some of the most accomplished photographers in the world and the welcome home he received from club members when he arrived back in Cork after his flight home when several members turned up with their cameras in the guise of the paparazzi to greet the star of the Emirates off the bus!

The homecoming he received from daughter Kailan and son Morgan was also particularly memorable.

From Ballyphehane Morgan pays huge tribute to his wife Siobhan for her unwavering support and encouragement over the years. But for her he wouldn’t have been able to make the journey to the awards ceremony, he said. It was she who bought him his first camera magazines and encouraged him to join a camera club. His first was Carrigaline, then Mallow where he lived for several years and for the last few years a highly valued and esteemed member of CCG.

There was also a thank-you for cousin Kim for being his model and Etihad Airways for their part in ensuring that Siobhan was also able to attend the event. The link-up with Etihad was made through his very good friend John Doheny of Mallow Camera Club. His son Declan is social media manager with the airline while John’s other son, Niall is a pilot with the airline.

Even more pictures over on our Facebook page!

Table Quiz 2016

We’d a super night at our annual table quiz on April 12th at the Ovens Bar. John Finn, our quizmaster, took much delight in searching out fiendishly difficult questions for us. Thanks John!

Thanks also to Paul Maher who organised the quiz and checked if any of the answers were right! And thanks to all who came along and those who donated prizes for the raffle.

The winning team was Audrey Murphy, Lucia Creedon, Colm Burke and Michael Stokes! Well done 🙂

Proceeds this year go to the fabulous charity Animal Magic (https://www.facebook.com/Animal-Magic-Wildlife-Rescue-2250…/)

Niamh Whitty honoured by the IPF

At the recent IPF Photographer of the Year Competition in Kilkenny, Niamh Whitty was honoured by the IPF with the Brendan Walking Memorial Medal for her outstanding contribution to the Irish Photographic Federation over the past two years.  Congratulations Niamh on this prestigious award!

Speaking about the award, Cork Camera Group Chairman Noel O’Connell says:

“As chair of the Cork Camera Group, I wish to congratulate Niamh on her recent award.

Niamh was awarded the Brendan Walkin Memorial Medal by the IPF for her “above and beyond” trojan work she carries out on their behalf.
This award is normally given to people who have given many years of service to the organisation and Niamh has been on IPF Council for less than two years!
Niamh is a huge asset to our club and the award was truly well deserved. We at the Cork Camera Group should be proud to have Niamh as a member of our club and we look forward to her continued involvement in the Irish photographic scene.

IPF President Michael O’Sullivan described why Niamh was honoured:

“Brendan Walkin Memorial Medal

For outstanding contributions to Irish Photography, specifically for her immense work in going above and beyond her role as IPF Webmaster. The work she has done has enabled the IPF to operate as a more efficient organisation, with a real-time digital footprint and a faster and more effective flow of information between all areas of the IPF, and our clubs and club members.

This was achieved through an unfathomable amount of time, work and personal sacrifice to deliver vital tools (better, more effective web presences and newsletter) to allow the organisation to achieve its goals.

Congratulations, Niamh on this fantastic, and well deserved achievement.”

Read the full report from the Irish Photographic Federation over on their website.

Great results for CCG in 10th FIAP Club World Cup!

We’re delighted to announce that Cork Camera Group finished in joint 23rd spot in the 10th FIAP Club World Cup and only a few points behind the top placed Irish club, Drogheda Photographic Society, previous winners, who finished this year just outside the top ten this year. This is our fourth year to enter and its a remarkable improvement on our first entry four years ago when we finished 83rd.  This year, with even more clubs than ever entering (197 in total), we’re very proud of all our photographers.

Out of the 20 images entered, 11 were accepted.

To put the icing on the cake, Morgan O’Neill was awarded with a FIAP Silver Medal for his image ‘Kim’ – a super achievement with only 15 awards on offer for almost 4000 images entered!!  Very well done Morgan 🙂


Click on any of the images below to view larger. These images represent our entry this year.

Distinctions Success – November 2015

Congratulations to John Tait and Martin Dorgan who gained their LIPF’s with the Irish Photographic Federation recently in Thurles

Click the images to view larger versions and matching outfits… 🙂

Congratulations to both on their great achievements!






It was great to see the panels close up at club earlier in the week and to hear their stories. Matching outfits again!!


15 awards for club members at SACC qualifier

On Sunday November 22, at the SACC regional qualifying round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition in association with Canon, 15 awards came home to Cork Camera Group members, including Best Overall Image for Bill Power!

Congratulations to each and every one of you, but especially to Bill on his success. We’d love to show you the images, but won’t be showing them publicly as the competition is still in progress, with national finals taking place in February.  We will be showing them at the club though 🙂

Bill Power: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honourble Mention
Michael O’Sullivan: Gold, Silver and three Honourable Mentions
Paul Flynn: Best in section medal and Honourable Mention
Niamh Whitty: Silver Medal
Charlie O’Donovan: Honourable Mention
Morgan O’Neill: Honourable Mention (plus a standing ovation!)

We were honoured to share an increible moment when Morgan walked down to pick up his award to met met with rousing applause followed by a standing ovation.  Very special moment to witness, even more so that his wife Siobhan, daughter Kailan and son Morgan junior were there to share it with him.  Continued well wishes to Morgan from all at CCG!

Full results over on the SACC website.