Yesterday at the Southern Association of Camera Clubs’ inter-club competition in Kilkenny , Cork Camera Group won best overall club for the fifth year in a row. This is a brilliant achievement and, according to Bill Power, in the thirty year existence of the SACC it is a record only equalled by Mallow Camera Club.

We also came first in the projected category and second in the colour print. Due to a technicality one of our mono prints had to be disqualified – it had been entered in a previous competition and had inadvertently been re-entered. But for that we probably would have won the mono category also. The fact that we still came first overall despite having an image disqualified is testament to the quality of our panels. 

Morgan O’Neill was awarded prizes for Best Mono Print and for Best Projected Image.

Congratulations and well done to all the photographers whose work was represented at the competition. They include: Lynda Kenny, Máire Sweeney, Ann Francis, Virginia Kelleher, Bill Power, Morgan O’Neill, Mark McGranaghan, Niall Brownen, Michael O’Sullivan, Vincent Kelly and John Finn.

Well done also, and thanks, to all the members who submitted images for consideration. The selectors probably had the biggest cache of images ever to choose from and it was very difficult trying to decide which ones would go through for the panels.

A lot of blood, sweat, toil and tears went into the process and great credit is due to Martin Duggan, Chair of the Selection Committee; Niall Brownen, Competition Secretary; and the individual selectors. Printing was by Michael O’Sullivan and accordingly it was no surprise that it was superbly done. Thanks all.

The standard of work on display from all the clubs who participated was of the highest order. Every single panel contained some superb images. There was plenty of time to examine the prints, speak to individual photographers about how and where they captured particular images, and identify locations,ideas and techniques that one can possibly use oneself at a later date.

The judges were Des Clinton, Deirdre Watson and Frank Condra – three of the best judges in the country. They commented on every single image and had very helpful advice to impart.

Seeing the best work by clubs in the region can only help to raise the standard of one’s own photography and as such it was an invaluable learning opportunity regardless of whether one had work selected for the competition or not. Camera club members therefore should be seizing every chance to attend regional and national events like this.

Thanks to Kilkenny Photographic Society for hosting the event – and for running the SACC for the last couple of years (control now passes to Blarney Photography Club) – and to the redoubtable Niamh Whittyfor her administrative and procedural skills (and saint-like patience!) in making it all go so smoothly.

The lead image is Morgan O’Neill’s “The Wait” – winner of Best Projected Image

Morgan Image

Club members John Finn and Vincent Kelly displaying out Monochrome panel:


Colour Panel:

Monochrome Panel:


Written By: John Finn

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