ECCG Awards Night 2016

ECCG members, their families and friends gathered in The Midleton Park Hotel on Saturday 26/11/15 for the annual awards night. With over fifty shoots done and six internal competitions throughout the year feeding into the prestigious Photographer of the Year award, the final results were eagerly awaited.

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

Judging was carried out by Mr. John Hooton, Ms. Vivian Buckley and Mr. Neily Curtin from Mallow Camera Club.

Following a fine meal expertly provided by the staff of Midleton Park Hotel, the formal proceedings were opened by Competitions Secretary, Anthony O'Connor and ECCG chairman, Denis Barry, the award winners were announced as follows:

Best Website Gallery
Grade C: Keith Johnson
Grade B: Noelle Lowney
Grade A: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF

Best Panel
Third Place: Denis Barry LIPF
Second Place: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
First Place: Kevin Day

Best in Category
Landscape (J): Zane Llewellyn LIPF
Landscape (J): Anthony O'Connor LIPF
Seascape: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
Portrait: Denis Barry LIPF
Nature: Kevin Day
Sport (J): Noelle Lowney
Sport (J): Denis O'Flynn
Macro: John Tait LIPF
Architecture: John Tait LIPF
Travel: Kevin Day
Black and White: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
Black and White: Anthony O'Connor LIPF
HDR: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF
Reportage/Documentary: Kevin Day
Open: John Tait LIPF

Best in Grade
Grade C
Third Place: Jim Curtin
Second Place: Keith Johnson
First Place: Eileen Upton

Grade B
Third Place: Jim O'Neill
Second Place: Noelle Lowney
First Place: Zane Llewellyn LIPF

Grade A
Third Place: Denis Barry LIPF
Second Place: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF
First Place: Anthony O'Connor LIPF

Best New Member: Zane Llewellyn LIPF

Club Person of the Year: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF

Photographer of the Year
Third Place: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF
Runner Up: Anthony O'Connor LIPF
POTY: Zane Llewellyn LIPF

Congratulations to all award winners and especially, Photographer of the Year, 2016, Zane Llewellyn. Well done too to everyone else who entered as scores were close in many competitions and a point or two given in another direction would have seen some of these in the prizes.

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 O'Leary's Camera World, Oliver Plunkett St, Cork and Art and Frame, Model Farm Rd, Cork and also to The Midleton Park Hotel for providing a beautiful meal and surroundings for a memorable night.

Click here to check out all the images. Enjoy!

Click here for all the results in detail..

All images from the Awards night by Finbarr O'Shea LIPF.

If your are interested in photography or would like to know more about East Cork Camera Group, contact us by using the link above.



Movie Night at East Cork Camera Group


As you can see from the movie poster above, Michael Moore said of the film, "Finding Vivian Maier", "Amazing...This should be seen with other people, in the dark, on a big screen!" and this is exactly what ECCG did recently at its final, regular meeting of the year at The Midleton Park Hotel. East Cork Cinema Club set up a cinema, complete with big screen and stereo sound, in the boardroom of the hotel for a private screening of this compelling documentary.

The true story is about the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of over 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers of all time.

The website IMDb charts the plot as follows:
Real estate agent John Maloof explains how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a history book about his neighborhood, resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives. John goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he is by the quality of the images, becomes quickly determined they are not reverent to his project and just puts them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time shooting. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images. Written by Lane J. Lubell of

See the Official Movie Trailer  below:

East Cork Cinema Club meets monthly, upstairs at the Cobh Community Centre on the second or third Monday of the month (see facebook page for more details), from the end of August to May of each year. Doors open at 7.30pm and screenings are at 8pm. They screen a great selection of International films and are part of the Access Cinema Group who are funded by the Arts Council. Their upcoming screenings will be the French comedy, 'Marguerite' on 28th November and 'Double Indemnity' on 12th December next. Admission includes: Wine, Tea, Coffee, Home Baking and a little Finger Food!

Thanks to John and Ben for all their hard work setting up and breaking down the gear and for a marvellous evening's entertainment.



Minister picks up his ECCG 2017 Calendar


Minister of State for Justice, Mr. David Stanton TD, gets his copy of ECCG's 2017 Calendar. Pictured with Kevin Day and Denis Barry of ECCG.

Minister of State for Justice, Mr. David Stanton TD, was one of the first to pick up a copy of ECCG's 2017 Calendar.

Featuring scenes of Cork, the calendar is always a popular choice with many copies finding their way to various parts of the world in time for the New Year.

The calendar is now on sale for only €5 at McCarthy News, Hurley's SuperValu, Al's Newsagent, Market Green, Owenacurra Pharmacy and Murphy's Pharmacy, Mill Rd - all in Midleton. It's also available at Day's Eurospar, Whitegate. A portion of the proceeds every year goes to local charities with East Cork Rapid Response, My Place, Midleton and Ballycotton Lifeboat being the latest to benefit.

A fantastic stocking filler for Christmas, with each purchase comes an entry form to enter our free draw to win a family membership to Trabolgan Holiday Village for the 2017 season.

Get your copy now!



Marty Backs ECCG’s 2017 Calendar

enterprise-town-2016-2 RTE personality, Marty Morrissey, was in Midleton this evening for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event at the Christian Brothers Secondary School.

The personable presenter from the West Clare village of Mullagh, was delighted to be among the Cork people and took a particular shine to our 2017 Calendar which was just launched today.

This year's calendar features images from Cork and also includes a free draw for a one years family membership to Trabolgan Holiday Village near Whitegate in Co. Cork. They will be on sale at various venues around Midleton and at only a €5 each, they're the best value in town!