Sunrise Shoot at Ballycotton – 30/01/2016

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Pushing the club's 'Seascape' theme for January to the limit, we turned out for our fifth sunrise/seascape shoot of the month, on Saturday 30th, at Ballycotton in East Cork, a veritable treasure trove of photographic opportunities and a regular stomping ground for ECCG. With the sunrise due at 8.22am and high tide in just under an hour later we approached the fishing village with great hope as the clear skies appeared to be in keeping with the good forecast.

The beach at the pier faces in an easterly direction which, at dawn, renders the islands and lighthouse in silhouette as the sun rises beyond them. The good swell invited getting in close to and onto the rocks to capture the running streams and breaking waves as the tide filled around them.

With a low band of cloud obscuring the horizon, it took ten minutes or so for the sun to break into clear skies making shooting conditions difficult with the increasing brightness. Nevertheless, Ballycotton yielded yet another fruitful morning and, as the sleepy village began to stir awake, we made our way home happy with our morning's work.

See a full gallery of images from the shoot here. Enjoy!

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Press Photographer of the Year 2016 – Mark Condren


For the fourth time in a few years, Mark Condren was, last night, named as the Press Photographer of the Year, 2016.

A native of Castletownroche, Co. Cork, Mark worked with 'The Corkman' before moving to the 'Sunday Tribune' and then to the 'Irish Independent' where he currently works. An award winning photographer and published author, Mark won his first P.P.A.I. Press Photographer of the Year award in 2009 and followed it up with another win in 2010, came second in 2011 and won it again in 2012. Considering that this competition is open to the top press photographers from the thirty-two counties makes this a staggering achievement and speaks volumes for the esteem in which his work is held. Well done Mark!

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ECCG was delighted to host Mark in 2014 when he visited one of our meetings and gave a great presentation of his work - a highlight that is often recalled since.

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The Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) exhibition will be going on tour around the country in the coming months so make sure you get to see it. Check the PPAI website for details.