Success at the IPF Distinction Sitting at Thurles on 24/11/2018

Eileen Upton LIPF, Kevin Day AIPF, and Noelle Lowney LIPF

There was a strong showing from East Cork Camera Group at last Saturday's Irish Photographic Federation Distinction Sitting in Thurles, Co. Tipperary with six members seeking Distinctions.

Kevin Day, Dave Harris, Fidelma Read, and John Tait were seeking Associateships while Noelle Lowney and Eileen Upton were seeking Licentiateships.  With a capacity entry, judging began at 10 am accompanied by the expected apprehension and expectation of those being assessed.

Kevin, Eileen, and Noelle were all successful while Dave, Fidelma, and John narrowly missed out but lived to fight another day. Well done to all.

- 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.

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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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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.



Michael O’Sullivan – Photographic Artist

Michael O'Sullivan addresses ECCG

Michael O'Sullivan addresses East Cork Camera Group

ECCG recently invited Cork photographer, Michael O'Sullivan to address the Group. The air of anticipation was evident in the large attendance who were eager to pick up some morsel of expert knowledge that might make the difference in making their 'next great photo'. He did not disappoint.

As he prepared beforehand, it appeared that he had brought along a veritable collection of his work as he created stacks of his mounted images in readiness for his presentation.

Michael thanked the committee for the invitation to talk to the Group and complimented the great atmosphere he always found among the members of ECCG whenever he attended.

He said his involvement with photography went back a long time and there are very few areas of it that he hasn't experimented with at one time or another. Despite this, he has become known for certain types like landscapes, portraiture and 'dark stuff' etc. because of various panels he has produced over time to gain distinctions from the Irish Photographic Federation and Royal Photographic Society (Michael holds Fellowship Distinctions from both organisations).

Photography for him is an ongoing journey and the day he gets bored with it or comes to a state of stagnation is the day he will quit it, he said. While he does quite a lot of portraiture and PR work, landscapes are his 'hobby'. He likes nothing better than to go off into the wilds of West Cork and immerse himself in the natural beauty of the place regardless of weather conditions.

He said that too often photographers get stuck in a rut, see a photo they like and try to emulate it instead of wondering how they can apply what they like in the photograph to their own photography and give it their own expression. Landscapes aren't new, portraiture isn't new but when you're trying to gain distinctions, you must show that you are pushing the boundaries in your work to communicate your vision and show the judges something they haven't seen before. There are varying views on how that should be - some people are all about the vision while more are all about technique. There's a balance to be struck. Michael then showed his images, one by one, and spoke about the inspiration and execution of each finishing off with his 20-image panel with which he was successful in attaining his Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

Several hours later, after Michael had exhausted his audience with mythology, superstition, famous painters, photographic technique and exquisite photography in his trademark fast and humerous delivery, ECCG chairman, Tom Tattan, normally not one to be stuck for words, declared his mind blown, which was, in a nut shell, an accurate assessment of Michael's rich and knowing presentation.

Michael stayed on for quite a while afterwards answering questions and talking photography to the members who were all suitably impressed and inspired by this modern-day photographic artist.

See more of Michael's work here.