(All photos courtesy of Liz Tabb, Cubh Camera Club)
In 2009 Cobh Camera Club was founded. A year later, in 2010, the inaugural meeting of Fermoy Camera Club was held. At one of the earliest FCC meetings representatives of Cobh Camera Club came up to Fermoy to offer advice and suggestions on how to develop the Fermoy club. From this meeting was created a special bond and friendship which continues to this day
Cobh Camera Club has hosted various Outings and meetings with Fermoy Camera Club and vice versa. Continuing the development of this tradition both clubs recently arranged to meet at Fota Wildlife Park for some “Fun with Photography”.
The first order of the day was the obligatory group shot which Liz Tabb of Cobh CC kindly took. Once inside the gates a brief discussion of what sort of challenge/competition should be held on the day, to establish which club possess the better photographers, was held. After much discussion which at no stage became heated (as the temperature was hovering around the two degree mark!) it was decided the competition would be based on the “Best Selfie with an Animal!” This resulted in upwards of thirty photographers wandering around Fota with lovely cameras hanging from their shoulders as they posed in front of various animals with mobile phones raised trying to capture that winning selfie!!
After covering half the Park in smaller groups comprising members of both clubs there was a regroup at the lovely cate within Fota for a well-earned cup of coffee which gave everyone an opportunity to compare those all-important selfies as well as photos taken with members regular cameras.
After refuelling it was time to resume our photographic endeavours in the park. Having shot every animal in an effort to capture the personality and essence of each, it was sadly time to say our goodbyes until the next time. Within hours members from both clubs were sharing images from the day across various social networks on the internet.
Fermoy CC were deemed to be the winners of the “Selfie with an Animal” Competition, whether this was due to the resemblance between animal and human in the selfie, this author could not possibly comment!
Cobh Camera Club meet every second Tuesday night with Fermoy Camera Club meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. New members are always welcome in both clubs.