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Inaugural Frank Morgan Memorial Cup

Fermoy Camera Club had a very busy meeting the other night. There was a very large number of members in attendance for the inaugural running of the Frank Morgan Memorial Cup. Frank Morgan was one of the founder members of Fermoy Camera Club. As well as being an extremely talented photographer, Frank was a great asset to the club. He served time on the early committees as well as working with the Outings Group for many years.

Through his business Frank Morgan Photographic Studios, which his wife Breeda and sister in law Helen continue to run, Frank freely and happily gave of his time to all the club members who brought in photos to be printed. He would gladly look through members photos and offer advice, help and most importantly encouragement. Through his mentoring the standard of photography being produced by club members certainly rose. It was a very sad day earlier this year when Frank lost his battle against illness.

In honour of his memory Breeds and Helen very kindly sponsored the new Frank Morgan Memorial Cup. The competition for this cup is very much what Frank was about. Members were invited to enter what they considered to be their favourite/best photograph they had taken this year. It was testament to the esteem in which Frank was held by club members to see there were an amazing forty nine entries on the night. This was by far the largest number of entries ever received for a club competition!

The standard of entry was very high and the three independent judges, John Finn (Chair), Catherine O’Callaghan and Andy Kelly, had a very difficult job in picking the winners. After much consideration and debate third place was awarded to Mark Heffernan for his magnificent photograph of a stag charging through water during the rutting season in Killarney National Park. Second place went to Geraldine Dorgan for her unique and quirky study of a young girl dreaming of being an adult.   . First place and the person who gets the immense honour of being the first name on the stunning “Frank Morgan Memorial Cup” was  Terence Rumley who produced an evocative photograph of the mighty Ballard Waterfall near Mountain Barracks, Kilworth.   .

It was a night of mixed emotions as members reminisced about Frank telling stories and recalling incidents of the many great years we shared since 2010. The one common thread that came through all the stories was the “Fun with Photography” which everyone shared while in Frank’s company.

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