Seascape Competition – 05/02/2019

Much of our group's activity in January focused on seascape photography and, following on from photoshoots at Youghal and Ballycotton and a presentation by local seascape photographer Paul Flynn AIPF, the first of our 6 competitions of 2019, themed "Seascape", took place at our meeting on 5th February at the Midleton Park Hotel.

This was a printed competition and we were delighted to welcome local photographer, John Finn AIPF ARPS, on the night to judge the 22 entries. Once the winners in each grade were announced, John gave a critique on each image, giving valuable insight and advice from his wealth of experience.

John went on to discuss the process he undertook in achieving his Associateship with the IPF and RPS with his wonderful panel of inverted reflections in the River Lee. With distinctions becoming a major interest for many of our members this was an inspiring discussion, and we look forward to meeting up with John again soon.
Winners on the night as follows,

Grade A 1st - Andrew Corkbeg
Grade A 2nd - Dave Harris, Joe Moroney
Grade A 3rd - Kevin Day

Grade B 1st - Noel O'Keeffe, Niall Sharkey
Grade B 2nd - Paul Stack
Grade B 3rd - Jim Curtin, Ray O'Connell

Grade C 1st - Kevin O'Brien
Grade C 2nd - Richard Hennessey
Grade C 3rd - Rosanne Donovan

Click here for the competition gallery

Click here for more photos from the night.

- Anthony O'Connor, LIPF



Great Result for ECCG at IPF Nature Competition

A great result for East Cork Camera Group at the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year competition in Carlow last weekend, along with Eileen Upton who won a gold medal for her image “Blasket Seals”, Kevin Day picked up 2 Silver medals and 2 honourable mentions.
Below is one of Kevin’s winning images of a jumping red squirrel.

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Mark Condren Launches New Book On The NYPD

Photographer Mark Condren, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sgt. Johnny Moynihan (NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force), at the launch of Mark's photo book 'NYPD' - Behind the scenes with the men and women of the New York City Police Department. Picture: Caroline Quinn

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, officially launched a new book by award-winning photographer, Mark Condren, in the 1837 Room at The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin on Monday evening last, 10th December 2018.

As its name suggests, the book, entitled NYPD - Behind the scenes with the men and women of the New York City Police Department, documents the day-to-day activities of New York's Police Department. The photographs are candid and close up featuring a wide range of activities from community policing to armed actions and took Mark over two years to compile while embedded with the various units of the Department.

Gaining the requisite access to the world's biggest Police Department began in 2011 when Mark published his first book, The Guards - behind the scenes with the men and women of An Garda Síochána, a photographic documentary of the Irish Police Force. Sold out within weeks of publication, this was a phenomenal success and became Mark's business card when he floated the idea for the NYPD book to  NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neill.

“I showed him the book I did on the guards in Ireland and he said that we had to do one of those for the NYPD.  He was totally supportive of the project and what I needed to do to get it done,”  said Mark. So, with the door fully opened to him, Mark made sixteen, two-week trips to the Big Apple over the following two years gathering the imagery that fills the magnificent work that is his latest book.

A native of Castletownroche, Co. Cork, Mark worked with 'The Corkman' before moving to the 'Sunday Tribune' and then to his present position with 'Independent News & Media'. He won his first P.P.A.I. Press Photographer of the Year award in 2009 and followed it up with two more wins in 2011 and 2013. In 2016, he took the title for a staggering fourth time which speaks volumes for the esteem in which his work is held.

Mark has been a good friend to East Cork Camera Group over the years and we wish him well with his new book which is already showing signs of the success of its predecessor. The new 208-page, full-colour book is an enthralling photographic work and can be bought at



Success at the IPF Distinction Sitting at Thurles on 24/11/2018

Eileen Upton LIPF, Kevin Day AIPF, and Noelle Lowney LIPF

There was a strong showing from East Cork Camera Group at last Saturday's Irish Photographic Federation Distinction Sitting in Thurles, Co. Tipperary with six members seeking Distinctions.

Kevin Day, Dave Harris, Fidelma Read, and John Tait were seeking Associateships while Noelle Lowney and Eileen Upton were seeking Licentiateships.  With a capacity entry, judging began at 10 am accompanied by the expected apprehension and expectation of those being assessed.

Kevin, Eileen, and Noelle were all successful while Dave, Fidelma, and John narrowly missed out but lived to fight another day. Well done to all.

- Anthony O'Connor