ECCG ‘Cork’ Competition – 06/03/2018

The image above, by Noelle Lowney, was the overall highest scoring image in our recent competition whose theme was 'Cork' and by a clear margin of 33 points to boot!

With another good entry of 29 images, the competition was intense but when the final votes were counted, this is how the top three in each Grade looked:

It was an outstanding performance in Grade B with the top two overall points going to Noelle Lowney and Remi Boron respectively. Grade C also was an interesting finish with Neil O'Carroll taking first place for the second time on the trot while a newcomer to the Group, Jim Corbett,  took second place with a very interesting 'mini world' image.

Well done to all our winners and everyone who entered, especially to those entering for the first time.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the competition. Enjoy!

See also:
How I took that Shot - Kevin Day
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Neil O'Carroll
Winners Presentation Photos
Competition Results and 2018 League Table

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ECCG ‘Vacation’ Competition – 05/09/2017

With summer already fading from memory, the first ECCG meeting of the autumn, held at the Midleton Park Hotel on 5th September last, featured the fifth internal competition of the year with the theme Vacation. In a departure from the usual projected competitions, entrants were required to enter prints for this competition. With twenty-three entries, competition was close across all grades but in the end, the image above by Noelle Lowney, got the best overall score at 566 points. The rest of the top-three places across the grades went as follows:

In an extremely close contest, John Tait won Grade A by just two points from Fidelma Read while Anthony O'Connor took third only three points adrift.

Noelle Lowney was first in Grade B with 566 points, the highest score of the competition with four points separating Remi Boron and Eileen Upton at 545 and 541 respectively.

Miriam Keogh had a a 43 point winning margin in Grade C from Andrew Foley,in second with 498 points and Paul Stack in third with 480 points.

The overall placings were Noelle Lowney (566), John Tait (557) and Fidelma Read (555),

Well done to all twenty-three entrants.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the competition.

See also:
How I took that Shot - John Tait
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Miriam Keogh
Winners Presentation Photos
Competition Results and 2017 League Table


Ballycroneen sunset – 26/02/2017

Bad weather forced postponement of our planned shoot to Fota Wildlife Park on 26th February. However, with the forecast showing a break in the weather in the late afternoon, Ballycroneen was selected as the location for a sunset shoot.

While the group have visited this location for sunrise regularly in recent years, this was our first sunset shoot at this location in a while, and 10 members of the group turned out.

With high tide at 5:30pm and sunset at 6:10pm, conditions were ideal with good colour in the sky, and the large swell left by Storm Ewan gave plenty of wave action. 

Check out our gallery of images from the shoot here.

- Anthony O'Connor


An Eventful Twelve Months for ECCG


Apart from completing the normal hectic schedule of over fifty shoots, twenty club meetings, several competitions, a beginners' photography course and a one-month exhibition of fifty framed images to name just a few, the last twelve months has truly been an eventful period for East Cork Camera Group.

Finbarr O'Shea LIPF

Finbarr OShea LIPF

Back in March 2016, Finbarr O'Shea went to the Irish Photographic Federation Distinction (IPF) Sittings in Portlaoise where his panel was successful and gained him a Licentiate of the Irish Photographic Federation (LIPF).

Click here to see Finbarr's successful panel.


Zane Llewellyn LIPF

Zane Llewellyn LIPF

In September 2016, Zane Llewellyn went to the IPF Distinction Sittings in Celbridge, Co. Kildare and he too entered a successful panel and was awarded an LIPF.

Click here to see Zane's successful panel.

At the IPF Distinction Sittings at Thurles, Co. Tipperary the following November, Gráinne Davies became the first ever member of East Cork Camera Group to be awarded an Associateship of the Irish Photographic Federation (AIPF) which was the cause of great celebration for Gráinne and the club. Also at this sitting, Anthony O'Connor and Denis Barry were both successful and were awarded LIPFs on the day.

Click the links to check out Gráinne's, Anthony's and Denis's successful panels.

Kevin Day 2

Gold Medal Winner - Kevin Day

To round out the year, Kevin Day went to the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC) Qualifying Round of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 in January this year and scooped one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals and three Honourable Mentions. This fantastic result qualified Kevin to go forward to the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 earlier this month where he won one Gold and two Bronze medals as well as one Honourable Mention for his Red Squirrel studies.

You can see Kevin's impressive winning images here.

All in all, a very successful year and 2017 is already as busy as last year and who knows what more good fortune the year will bring.

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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.

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