On Tuesday 12th of May our guest speaker was Michael O Sullivan FRPS FIPF the current President of the Irish Photographic Federation (the governing body for camera clubs in Ireland). Michael is a fine art and commercial photographer with a portfolio of work that extends from fashion shoots to magazine publications. On the night the club members were treated to two hours of whimsical, creative insights of what goes on in Michael's mind. His images are inspired by the stuff of legends, folklore, fallen angels, lost souls and Ice queens to mention just a few. The remarkable talent and narrative abilities of Michael had us all glued to our seats.
The club also had a very busy weekend in Mullingar where the IPF held the annual Inter Club Competition. Fermoy Camera Club members were invited to submit their favourite images for the club’s entry. There are three categories in the competition, colour print, black & white print and projected image. There are ten images in each category so a lot of photographers represented the club. FCC finished a very credible seventeenth overall.
Also on the Saturday in Mullingar the IPF Distinctions were held. These are individual awards presented to photographers who are judged to have reached a very high criterion as laid down by the IPF. Suzanne Merrigan and Colman Howard were awarded their Licentiate’s (LIPF), the first of three distinctions available from the IPF. To achieve their “L’s” the pair had to produce ten photo graphs that demonstrated to a very high standard that demonstrated their competence behind the camera. As if this was not enough reasons for the club to celebrate, on the Sunday club members Eileen Sykes and Bill Power were awarded their FIAP Distinctions. These distinctions are International awards for reaching a certain number of acceptances in International Salons (competitions). To achieve an Acceptance in a Salon would be the equivalent of a golfer making the cut in a Major or a team making the quarter finals of an international tournament. To achieve the FIAP Distinction Eileen and Bill had to gain a large number of acceptances in different Salons around the globe which is a testament to their commitment and dedication to their photography.
The club’s Fun Friday Outings continue to be very popular. These mini outings where all members are welcome, from the beginner to the distinction holders, are a proving to be a great way of learning and sharing in a very socialble environment. They certainly contribute to all members fulfilling the club’s ethos of “Fun with Photography!”