Medals galore for Fermoy Camera Club

It’s been a very busy week for members of Fermoy Camera Club (FCC).  At Tuesday night’s meeting we were treated to a viewing of her excellent and successful ‘L’ Panel from Máire Corbett who recently attained LIPF accreditation. She outlined the week she put into it and shared tips and hints for anyone of us in the process of putting together our ‘L’ panel. Máire also treated us to an amazing collection of photos taken on her recent travels around the world from Singapore to Australia and several stops in between. We were left a little jealous but very impressed.

Donagh Cronin very generously shared his Blackwater Fishing Huts project with us – took us on a wonderful journey along the beautiful Blackwater river and gave us a rare glimpse into the lives and activities of the Blackwater fishermen. Many of us were amazed that such hidden gems are on our door step !

Ten FCC members travelled to The Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC) regional rounds of The Nature POTY competitions held in the Cabragh Wetlands Centre, Thurles, on Saturday.  The standard was very high and FCC was very proud to come away with a number of medals.  Sinéad Hickey won a Gold and Silver Medal in the SACC NPOTY 2017/2018 Natural World category, and a Gold medal for Projected Themed and another Gold for Projected Open. Well done Sineád ! Well done also to Basil O’Sullivan took a Bronze for the Projected Open and to Mark Heffernan took Silver for the Projected Themed.  So a huge Congratulations to Sinéad, Basil and Mark who received medals, and to the rest of the members that have qualified to go onto the Nationals which will be held in Carlow on the 17th of February.

Our next club meeting is competition night on Tuesday 23rd January @ 8pm in Fermoy Youth Centre. The theme is ‘Winter on The Street’ This is a printed competition. Entries must also be emailed to FCC Competitions by Friday night 19th.  Sure to be another night of fun with photography.

Winter on the Street for FCC

There was much anticipation as we arrived for our January Competition night. Winter on the Street was the Theme and members had been using over the previous 2 weeks out taking photos and searching the archives to find their best picture.  In all 28 wonderful images were on display, across all three grades – images of the local area in recent weeks or previous winters when we had a covering of snow and some images came from faraway places with snow being the icing on the cake!

The competitions team headed up by George O’Keeffe have done a huge amount of work on the new voting system over the past few months. Everybody agreed that the best photo’s won so well done to Finbarr, Louise and Deirdre who collated all the marks on the night. The first rosettes of  2018 go to: Grade 1 & 1st overall Tom Quish who is keeping up the high standard he set in 2017. Grade 2 and 2nd overall is Louise Howard with a stunning image from a trip to the USA a few years ago. 3rd overall was Finbarr O’Hanlon who gave us a few tips on how he achieved his lovely image. Grade 3 winner was Deirdre Casolani who acknowledged the ‘dodge and burn’ advice from the ever helpful Helen at Frank Morgan Photography. The photo of the presentation of rosettes took place in front of our new backing board – thanks to Deirdre Casolani for designing and organising the printing.

In a new departure there was a critique from the four POTY judges by chairman Mark Heffernan. This is another very positive development for our club members and we can all learn from the comments and suggestions of our colleagues.

Our next club meeting will be on 13th February when we have a visit from Paul Reidy, renowned Portraiture photographer from Cork who recently facilitated a workshop for club members. Paul will give us an insight into how he approaches portraiture and some tips on processing those images.  

The national finals of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year takes place on 17th February in Talbot Hotel, Carlow. A number of members have qualified and if anyone is interested in going along to support them please contact the outings committee who will be arranging car pooling.

Our annual Macro Workshop took place on Sunday 21st January with over 20 members participating.  A special word of thanks to those who brought exhibits and demos which ranged from old dolls to sea shells, pears to flowers and clinking wine glasses to dropping fruit.

Our next club competition is on 27th February and the theme is ‘Your Choice’ this is a projected competition so now’s your chance to let us see your style and surprise us with your favourite image. Another opportunity to have fun with photography.

Tom is Photographer of the Year 2017

 At the end of another year of great challenges and superb photographs, Fermoy Camera Club finished off the year with the 2017 Awards Night last week.  A large number of members assembled to see who would be the winner of the Jim Bartley Photographer of the Year Cup and the various grade winners. Kelly & her team had (deliberately) not published the recent POTY tables, so the suspense was high right to the last moment.

The well deserving overall winner was Tom Quish from Hospital, Co. Limerick who has been a member of the club for only a short few years. Tom’s talents have really shone true the various images that he has shared with us during the year.  His interpretation of themes is always interesting and the execution of his ideas superb.  “How did you do that Tom ?” is a question he is regularly asked.  Well done Tom - keep snapping and looking forward to seeing your images in 2018. 2nd place overall for FCC Photographer of the Year was Ger Dorgan from Bartlemy, 3rd Place was Noreen Lucey from Mogeely and 4th Sinead Hickey, Castlelyons.. Best New Member was Dale Thomas from Conna.

Other winners on the night:  Grade 1; Tom Quish (1st), Ger Dorgan (2nd), Monica O’Brien (3rd). Grade 2; Lorna O’Dwyer (1st), Michael Walsh (2nd), Ruth Howard (3rd). Grade 3; Donagh Cronin (1st), Louise Howard (2nd), Louise Daly (3rd).

Hugh thanks to Kelly Condon and the two Louise’s , our hardworking competitions team for 2017 - now it’s over to George O’Keeffe our competition secretary for 2018   We were honoured to have our President Jim Bartley in attendance on the night. Thanks Jim for sponsoring the wonderful Cup and your kind encouraging words.

Following the usual cup of tea, a wonderful side show of photos from some of our outings during the year was shown, accompanied by ‘suitable’ audio tracks. Many thanks George. The fun-filled evening continued in a local hostelry where music was provided by Noel O’Keeffe and the sing song led by our hard working chairperson Una Finn. Happy Christmas to all members and looking forward to more fun with photography in 2018.

Our Committee

Chairperson - Una Finn

Vice Chair - Catherine Sheehan

Secretary - Sinéad Hickey

Assist Sec - Ger Dorgan

Treasurer - John Meade

Assist Treasurer - Catherine Spillane

PRO's - Battie & Helen Arnold

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