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:



Written By: John Finn

The Rebel Cup 2017

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Cork Camera Group are delighted to announce details of the second edition of The Rebel Cup, an interclub photography competition and exhibition for all camera clubs and societies located within County Cork.

CCClogo56_0The competition event is being held on Saturday April 22nd at Cork County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork City with the support of Cork County Council. The exhibition (which will run until Friday May 5th in the foyer of County Hall) will be officially opened on competition day by our County Mayor, Councillor Seamus McGrath, following the awards ceremony where the winners of the second Rebel Cup will be announced! The goal of this event is to bring together photographers in a social event and to celebrate some of the best photography and photographers throughout Cork City and County.

We are also very pleased to announce Barker Photographic as sponsors of the competition. Paddy Barker and his team are well known to the photography community in Cork for their high quality and friendly service. Barker Photographic Ltd. Is a Cork based Importer and Retailer of Quality Photographic products and Camera Accessories – virtually everything for the Professional and keen Photographer. They have built their business over two decades by providing great products, coupled with good stocks at keen prices and friendly efficient customer service.

As a final treat on competition day, we have one of the very best wildlife and nature photographers in the country, George Karbus, as our special guest speaker.  In the wild excitement of the Atlantic coastline, George captures moments of calm and serenity, the fragmented colours of dawn breaking, viewed from the sea and gazing onto the land. He is out there, waiting, watching and photographing while most of us are curled up sleeping on cold winter mornings. Imagine giant gliding whales in crystal clear Atlantic depths or world class surfers barrelling inches overhead as George holds his breath for impossible lengths of time dangerously close to the breaking waters.

In 2009 George was awarded the Nature’s Best Photography Award, one of the most prestigious and world-recognised photography accolades. In recent years he has also won Outdoor Photographer of the Year and his talents have gained him national and international recognition. Not to be missed.


Mark Sedgwick, Celbridge Camera Club
Paul Stanley, Dublin Camera Club

Entry Fee:

The entry fee for each competing club is €50 – this covers both the competition and subsequent exhibition. The entry fee is necessary to cover costs (including cost of judges and security personal on the competition day).

How to Enter:

Details shall be sent out globally to each club on email.

Schedule on Competition Day:

10am-11am: Each club must hang its images on the boards provided
11am-1pm: Guest speaker: George Karbus
11am-1pm: Judging (private)
1pm-2pm: Break for lunch
2pm-3pm: Judges’ to provide commentary and feedback on some the images entered
3pm: Awards ceremony and official opening of the exhibition by the County Mayor Cllr Seamus McGrath

Important Points:

– Each club needs to submit 10 mounted prints, each by a different photographer
– Any mixture of colour and/or monochrome prints is admissible
– Subject matter is open
– Participation in the exhibition is part of this competition
– Club logo and club details need to be submitted along with entry (see rules for more info)


The committee would like to thank Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer Cork County Council and his office, for their help and assistance in getting the use of the County Hall for this competition and exhibition.


View Rebel Cup Competition 2017 – Rules

Guest Speaker: Paul Flynn

Tonight we had an excellent presentation of his seascape photography by CCG member Paul Flynn.

Paul, who lives in Carrigtwohill, concentrates his seascape work on the East Cork coastline and specifically from Ballynamona across to Roches Point.

He showed some stunning images that he made in places like Ballycotton, Guileen, Inch, Ballycroneen, Ballybrannigan, Finure and other locations that he frequently visits.

They are all within 30 minutes or so from his home so even if returns empty handed (landscape photography can be a bit like fishing – some days you don’t get anything) at least it isn’t too far to travel.

It’s clear however that it’s rare for Paul to fail to get interesting images. He prefers to shoot that coastline in winter as the angle of the sun is conducive to more pleasing compositions.

His post-processing is minimal as he concentrates on getting it right in camera as much as possible. Most of his work is done with a wide-angle lens (a 17-40 mm) fitted with an ND filter to give the longer exposures (maximum of about 6 secs) that he likes.

This was an excellent and inspirational presentation to a capacity audience. Thanks Paul!

Check out Paul’s website to see his seascape and other photography:


SACC Qualifier for Nature Photographer of the Year Report

Congrats to club member Bill Power on his several successes in today’s (Sunday, Jan 22) Southern Association of Camera Club’s nature competition at the Cabragh Wetlands centre in Holycross. Bill took first in the Flora and Fungi print section and second in the Natural World projected section. He also came second in the Open Print Section and received two honourable mentions. A mighty achievement indeed. There were also major successes for our great friends in Mallow Camera Club, Blarney Camera Club, Blackwater Photographic Society, Fermoy Camera Club and East Cork Camera Group. It was a most enjoyable day with 75 members from clubs throughout the region in attendance. Bill’s images now go forward to compete in the national finals which will be held next month. There was also a very informative talk by Westport based wildlife photographer Kevin Murphy on the law as it applies to wildlife photography.Nature SACC POTY Winners

Guy Gowan – Black and White Processing Tutorial


We were delighted to host another special guest presentation last evening – a return visit from imaging specialist Guy Gowan, (Check out our previous post on Guy’s visit to the club on 20th September last). It was great to see such a large crowd which included members of other camera clubs as well.

This time Guy was concentrating on Black&White conversion. He has no time for third party conversion software such as Nik’s Silver Efex and the like. He likens them to processed food and points out that you won’t get consistency with them.
He demonstrated his own tried and trusted technique which indeed produced remarkable results. Several club members have subscribed to Guy’s website where all his methods and actions are available.
This was the last of Guy’s presentations while still a resident of Ireland – he will shortly be leaving these shores to live abroad but will be back to speak at various events in due course. We wish him the very best for the future.
For more on Guy check out his website:

Guest Speaker: Bill Power


An excellent presentation in the club tonight from CCG member Bill Power.

Bill spoke about Photographic Salons, a subject that he is an expert on having garlanded numerous distinctions, medals, ribbons and other awards over the last few years.

His presentation was by means of a very professional AV show followed by a Q&A session.

More of us ought to be entering salons on a regular basis. Our own Cork Salon is now open for entries – closing date is 1st December – so even if you have never entered a salon before please try your hand at this one.

This is the FIAP link to salons (BIll advised people to only enter FIAP approved ones):

Annual Exhibition: Cork School of Music

The opening of the Cork Camera Group annual exhibition in Corks’ School of Music, Union Quay, Cork takes place Tuesday 25th October at 7:30 pm and will remain there for one month.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and if you can’t make it on the night please be sure to drop in sometime over the next few weeks to have a look at a cross section of our members’ work.

Access is available every day: Mon-Fri 8 am to 10 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 5 pm; Sun 9:30 am to 5 pm. The gallery is on the ground floor, directly to the right as you go in the door, and there is a handy little café, open to the public, there as well where you can relax with a cup of coffee after viewing the masterpieces :-)

The hanging of the photos took place this morning under the expert eye of Audrey Murphy who is our Exhibition Chatelaine.