Bill Power, F.I.P.F. visits ECCG


Bill Power, FIPF addresses the ECCG membership at The Midleton Park Hotel

East Cork Camera Group was delighted to welcome Bill Power FIPF, to their regular meeting at the MIdleton Park Hotel on 4/11/14. As current chairperson of both Mallow Camera Club and the Southern Association of Camera Clubs and having only recently achieved his Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation, we were eager to see his work and hear his views on the current trends in photography

Bill began with his panel with which he gained his Licentiateship of the IPF and then moved on through his Associateship and Fellowship panels, explaining how each image came about, the technical aspects of them and what the Distinctions judges said about them. Bill finished with a selection of fine art nude images of a variety of professional models.

Following his talk, Bill went on to speak about a recently initiated benevolent fund set up by the SACC for which they were appealing for assistance from camera clubs and photographers in general from across the country. Chairperson of ECCG, Denis Barry, said that ECCG members were more than happy to assist with the fund and had already supplied the SACC with a number of images for their recent fundraising sale. Denis then presented Bill with a cheque for the fund on behalf of ECCG.


ECCG Chairperson presents a cheque for the SACC benevolent fund to SACC Chairperson, Bill Power, FIPF.

Bill's wonderful and insightful presentation was, in effect, a masterclass on preparing for, shooting for and presenting winning Distinctions panels and ECCG wish to thank him for coming to our meeting and for his thoroughness and willingness to share his knowledge and expertise.




Fidelma Read L.I.P.F.

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Fidelma receiving her award from Michael O'Sullivan FIPF FRPS, President of the IPF.

Congratulations to ECCG member, Fidelma Read who attained her Licentiateship of the Irish Photographic Federation at the November sitting in Thurles on Saturday last.

Absolutely well deserved Fidelma, well done.



ECCG Awards Night 2014

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John Finn ARPS with ECCG Photographer of the Year 2014, Karen Fleming

ECCG members and their families and friends gathered in The Midleton Park Hotel on Friday 21/11/14 for the annual awards night. With competitions throughout the year feeding into the prestigious Photographer of the Year award, the build up to this night was palpable in recent weeks.

Photographer of the Year was not the only award on offer on the night however, as best in Grades A, B and C, best in Category, best Panel, best New Photographer and Club Person of the Year also had to be revealed.

Judging was carried out by Mr. John Finn, ARPS, Travel and Portrait photographer, Mr. Rowan Thornhill and pictures editor of The Evening Echo, Mr. Brian Lougheed.

Following a fine meal expertly provided by the staff of Midleton Park Hotel, the formal proceedings were opened by secretary, Anthony O'Connor and, following short speeches by chairman, Denis Barry and special guest, Mr. John Finn ARPS, treasurer, Kevin Day and PRO, Mervyn Daly announced the prize winners which went as follows:

Panel 1st - Adrian Newcombe
First: Adrian Newcombe

Panel 2nd - Anthony OConnor
Second: Anthony O'Connor

Panel 3rd - John Tait
Third: John Tait

Best Landscape - Denis Barry
Best Landscape: Denis Barry

Best Seascape - Denis Barry
Best Seascape: Denis Barry

Best Portrait - Fergus Kenneally
Best Portrait: Fergus Kenneally

Best Nature - John Tait
Best Nature: John Tait

Joint Best Sport - Denis OFlynn
Best Sport (joint): Denis O'Flynn

Joint Best Sport - Jim ONeill
Best Sport (joint): Jim O'Neill

Best Macro - Karen Fleming
Best Macro: Karen Fleming

Best Archictecture - Anthony OConnor
Best Architecture: Anthony O'Connor

Best Travel - Anthony OConnor
Best Travel: Anthony O'Connor

Best Black & White - Lorna ODwyer
Best Black and White: Lorna O'Dwyer

Best HDR - Anthony OConnor
Best HDR (High Dynamic Range): Anthony O'Connor

Best Reportage_Documentary - Denis Barry
Best Reportage/Documentary: Denis Barry

Best Open Category - Adrian Newcombe
Best Open: Adrian Newcombe

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Best in Category Winners: l-r: Denis O'Flynn - Sport, Denis Barry - Landscape, Seascape, Reportage/Documentary, John Tait - Nature, John Finn - Competition Judge, Anthony O'Connor - Architecture, Travel, HDR, Fergus Kenneally - Portrait, Karen Fleming - Macro, Lorna O'Dwyer - Black and White, Adrian Newcombe - Open, Jim O'Neill - Sport


Grade A

Grade B

Grade C

Best New Member of the Year: Trevor O'Connell

Best Club Person of the Year: Susan Meaney

Photographer of the Year (POTY)
First: Karen Fleming
Second: Finbarr O'Shea
Third: Denis Barry

Photographer of the Year - Winning Portfolio - Karen Fleming


Congratulations to all award recipients and especially, Karen Fleming, Photographer of the Year, 2014. Well done too to everyone else who entered as a point or two given in another direction would have seen some of these in the prizes, such was the closeness of the final scores.

A big thank you goes to the three judges who did a stellar job. While the important task of awarding points was their main function, their feedback is equally important as it is vital that everyone gets an objective assessment of their work which can be factored into the fine tuning for the future.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors (click on the links to visit their websites) for the night and also to The Midleton Park Hotel for providing a beautiful meal and surroundings for a memorable night.

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All images from the Awards night by Finbarr O'Shea and Fidelma Read.

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Presentation to East Cork Rapid Response

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Pictured at The Midleton Park Hotel at the presentation of 25 mounted images by East Cork Camera Group to East Cork Rapid Response were: (l to r) Anthony O'Connor, ECCG, John O'Donnell, ECRR, Denis Barry, ECCG and Eoghan Healy, ECRR - photo by Finbarr O'Shea

In conjunction with the launch of our 2015 Calendar, East Cork Camera Group presented East Cork Rapid Response with 25 12"x8" mounted images which they will use as a fundraiser for their vitally important Pre-Hospital Emergency Service in the East Cork area.

We would like to acknowledge the generous assistance of Owenacurra Pharmacy and Wilkie's Fine Art Framing Studio, both of Main St. Midleton, in the project.


The East Cork Camera Group's 2015 Calendar is now on sale at Hurley's Supervalu, Midleton, McCarthy's Newsagent, Midleton, Owenacurra Pharmacy, Midleton, Al's Newsagent, Market Green, Midleton, Day's Eurospar, Whitegate, Murphy's pharmacy, Mill Rd, Midleton and from any member of the Group.

Great value at only €5!