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.
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:
First: Adrian Newcombe
Second: Anthony O'Connor
Third: John Tait
Best Landscape: Denis Barry
Best Seascape: Denis Barry
Best Portrait: Fergus Kenneally
Best Nature: John Tait
Best Sport (joint): Denis O'Flynn
Best Sport (joint): Jim O'Neill
Best Macro: Karen Fleming
Best Architecture: Anthony O'Connor
Best Travel: Anthony O'Connor
Best Black and White: Lorna O'Dwyer
Best HDR (High Dynamic Range): Anthony O'Connor
Best Reportage/Documentary: Denis Barry
Best Open: Adrian Newcombe
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.