New Club Committee

Written by: John Finn

At tonight’s AGM a new committee was elected.

The photo shows, from left: Outings Secretary – Diarmuid O’Sullivan; Secretary – Paul Maher; Treasurer – John D Sullivan; Chairperson – Mark McGranaghan; Webmaster – Massimo Berta; Competition Secretary – Niall Brownen

We wish Mark and his team all the best for the new season which will begin in September. (In the meantime, as in the previous two years, various outings will take place over the summer under the auspices of Martin Duggan. Details will be emailed to members shortly.)

Stepping down were: Chairperson, Noel O’Connell; Secretary, Fidelma Read, and Webmaster, Danny Foley.

Many thanks to Noel, Fidelma and Danny for their hard work over the last while and for helping the CCG to be the success that it is.

New Committee:

Photographer of the Year 2017

Written by: Niall Brownen

This years photographer of the year competition saw 26 members enter 6 prints each, which gave our judges a sizeable amount of prints to judge. 
The Judges this year were John Sexton, Seammus Costello, and Paddy Barker:
  • John Sexton is a local professional photographer who used to be a member of cork camera group and also teaches photographer in St John’s college. John shoots primarily Weddings and Portraits, however has previous club experience and has even produced the odd landscape or two.
  • Seamus Costello is no stranger to Cork Camera Group. A fellow of the Irish Photographic Federation, FIAP and a regular judge on the distinction panels, he’s an excellent judge of all area’s of club photography and gives great feedback to photographers no their images. 
  • Paddy Barker, another local photographer and probably no stranger to may members of the club, as i am sure many of you will have been to his shop, Barker Photographic, and Paddy is the main sponsor of the Rebel Cup, The Cork Salon, and has always been generous tot he club and club members. Paddy is also another professional photographer, having worked as a dark room technician for the Irish Examiner, before working as a Photographer, and then working as the Picture editor for the Examiner for 13 years. 
This year the winners and runner up’s were as follows.
Grade 1
First Place: Niall Brownen             111 pts
Runner Up: Danny Foley               110 pts
Grade 2
First Place: Diarmuid O’Sullivan   115 pts
Runner Up: Massimo Berta           111 pts 
Grade 3
First Place:  Lynda Kenny            108 pts
Runner Up:  John D Sullivan        103 pts
A full break down of the results is attached. 

Club Member FIAP Distinctions

Written by: Niall Brownen

Congratulations to club members Ann FrancesBill Power and Morgan O Neill on on being awarded their EFIAP bronze & EFIAP gold awards respectively. 

There are only a handful of people in the country with the EFIAP gold award, and to give you and idea of what’s required to get the EFIAP gold,

You must first get your EFIAP award, which requires you to get 
250 acceptances, from 50 different images, from 30 salons, in no less than 20 different countries, and you must have at least 2 awarded images. At least 12 of your acceptances must be for printed images and at least 5 of your images must have gained at least 3 acceptances each.

Once you get this distinction, the “clock ” is reset to Zero and you must start from the beginning for all remaining distinctions. You can not use any of the images or awards again towards your future distinctions.

So starting again from scratch , got your EFIAP gold, you now require a further 
500 acceptances from 150 different images from 15 countries and you require another 6 awards from 6 different countries and at least 6 images must have gotten at least 3 acceptances each.

4th Cork Salon – Exhibition Event

by Joe Forde – Cork Salon Chairman

Our 4th Salon Exhibition and Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday May 6th at St. Peter’s on North Main St. and we were complimented by the attendance of the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Des Cahill and the Lady Mayoress Ankie Janssen. In his address the Lord Mayor paid tribute to the success of the Salon and outlined his interest in the photographic endeavours of our members.

Four successful workshops took place throughout the day

  • Niamh Whitty – Preparing for Distinctions
  • Marek Biegalski – Chasing the Auora
  • Kevin Murphy – Wildlife Photography & Conservation
  • Morgan O Neill – Textures in Creative Portraiture

I was particularly delighted to present a FIAP Gold Medal to Vincent Kelly and not one but two PSA Silver Medals to Morgan O’Neill. It is especially pleasing when winners are of our own club. It was gratifying that photographers from around the country turned up to accept their awards.

As Chairman of the Salon I expressed the gratitude, on behalf of Cork Camera Group, to all who contributed to the success of the event namely the Judges,the Salon Committee, various volunteers from CCG , those who gave the workshops,
Eileen O’Shea of St. Peter’s, our sponsors and advertisers.

A pleasant reception took place after the Awards Ceremony and according to St Peter’s 519 people visited the event during the day.

Joe Forde
Chairman Cork Int.Salon of Photography.

Finally as a foot note to the above I wish to thank everybody who helped in any way during the year in the bringing the 4th Salon to a successful conclusion and all those who attended during the day. I would particularly say thanks to the Salon Committee and a debt of gratitude will be forever due to them from CCG for the last four years. 

League Results and Overall Standings after Round 8

The theme of the final month of the CCG League was window light. Our judge for the night was Seamus Costello from Kilkenny and he gave some great feedback and critique on almost every image put to him.

The winner of Grade 3 was Johathon Fleury on 66 points, followed by Lynda Kenny in second place, on  62 points and Patrick Murphy in third on 59 points. 
Grade 2 saw Vincent Kelly maintain his winning streak to claim first place with 82 points, Second was Diarmuid O’Sullivan on 81 points, and in third was Dave Harris on 78 points 
Grade 1 saw Paul Maher take first place with 85 points, with Mark McGranaghan taking second place on 84 points and third place had 3 people in joint third on 79 points, Niall Brownen, Ken Collins and Lucia Creedon. 
So the final league tables are as follows, 
Grade 3, 
  • 1st     Lynda Kenny           509 pts
  • 2nd    John D Sullivan 445 pts
  • 3rd     Patrick Murphy 410 pts
Grade 2
  • 1st    Vincent Kelly 547 pts
  • 2nd    David Harris 538 pts
  • 3rd     John Tait 531 pts
Grade 1
  • 1st Ann Francis 598 pts
  • 2nd Niall Brownen 572 pts
  • 3rd Paul Maher 562 pts
Full Results tables and the full league table for the year are attached. 
Next competition is POTY and is open to all members of CCG, provided they are fully paid up on or by next Tuesday night. 
POTY is a print only competition. 6 mounted images are to be submitted, and the best 5 scores count. There is a winner and a runner up for each grade. There is no need to upload images before hand for the competition. 
There will be 3 individual judges on the night. 
Published by: Niall Brownen

Cork Camera Group wins The Rebel Cup!

For the 2nd year in a row Cork Camera Group have won the Rebel Cup. 

Congrats to all involved.. Cake on Tuesday ( and final round of the league, get your entries in !! I’m going to leave the inbox open till Midnight Monday to allow people get their entries in.. the box is looking very empty right now ! ) 

The Cork Camera Group panel can be seen below, Mallow came second and East Cork Camera Group came third. Thanks to all those that volunteered their time, and to those that came along to support the club. 

Congratulations also to Bill Power, who’s image was not only awarded best image on the panel, but was also awarded best over all image of the competition! 

The panels from the various clubs can be seen on the rebel cup page, and i’m sure john will post more images from the day here over the next few days. 

See you Tuesday !

CCG Panel

Published by: Niall Brownen

5-in-a-row Celebrations

Last Tuesday night was a celebratory event in the CCG to mark the amazing five-years-in-a-row success at the Southern Association of Camera Clubs’ inter-club competition in Kilkenny last Sunday week. (See previous posts for details.)

Our Secretary Fidelma arranged for a fabulous cake to mark the occasion – thanks Fidelma!

The colour print, mono print, and projected panels were displayed and discussed. The photographers whose work contributed to the club’s success were applauded and photographed and then the cake was cut and distributed. A great night was had by all 



Written by: John Finn

League Results and Overall Standings after Round 7

Round 7, Individual Scores By Grade

Over all standings Grade1 After Round 7

Over all standings Grade2 After Round 7

Over all standings Grade3 After Round 7

Over All League Standings after Round 7

Attached is are the results from round 7 of the league. Our Judge was Rodney O’Callaghan, former Chair of Mallow Camera Club and of Blackwater Camera Club. He gave some good feed back on images, and I think you will agree, he was pretty generous with his marks ! 3 images scored 30 / 30 ..I cant remember the last time a judge scored even one image 30/30
Next month is the final round of the league, and the theme is window light,

Attached are the over all and individual results from tonight. You can see from the over all standings that Ann Francis has a comfortable lead over Grade 1. In Grade 2 looks is very tight at the top with only a few points separating the top 3 in the grade. Going into round 8 the grade is still up for grabs, ,while in grade 3, Lynda Kenny is sitting comfortably at the top of the league.

Cork Camera Group wins SACC Interclub 2017

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