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


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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Kevin Day is ECCG’s Photographer of the Year 2017

ECCG Chairman, Anthony O'Connor presents the perpetual Photographer of the Year trophy to our 2017 winner, Kevin Day.

At ECCG's annual awards night at the Midleton Park Hotel recently, Kevin Day emerged as the outright winner in the Photographer of the Year competition for 2017. A deserving winner, this was Kevin's latest accolade for 2017, having already achieved his Licentiate of the Irish Photographic Federation as well as scooping several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and several Honourable Mentions at local and national competitions.

This night was the culmination of the year's activities including multiple shoots and six internal competitions and the anticipation for the final results was palpable.

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 Ms Niamh Whitty FIPF ARPS (Chair), Mr Seamus Costelloe FIPF ASIFGP and Ms Brid Coakley AIPF.

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

Best Website Gallery
Grade C: Andrew Foley
Grade B: Noelle Lowney
Grade A: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF

Best Panel
Third Place: Denis O'Flynn
Second Place: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
First Place: Gráinne Davies AIPF

Best in Category
Landscape (J): Noelle Lowney,  Joe Moroney LIPF
Seascape (J): Kevin Day LIPF, Noelle Lowney, Joe Moroney LIPF
Portrait: Joe Moroney LIPF
Nature (J): Kevin Day LIPF, Mark Dullea
Sport: Kevin Day LIPF
Macro: Kevin Day LIPF
Architecture: Anthony O'Connor LIPF
Travel: Joe Moroney LIPF
Black and White: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
HDR: Anthony O'Connor LIPF
Reportage/Documentary: Kevin Day LIPF
Open: John Tait LIPF

Best in Grade
Grade C
Third Place: Paul Stack
Second Place: Miriam Keogh
First Place: Andrew Foley

Grade B
Third Place: Jim O'Neill
Second Place: Noelle Lowney
First Place: Eileen Upton

Grade A
Third Place: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF
Second Place: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
First Place: Kevin Day LIPF

Best New Member (J): Paul Stack, Miriam Keogh

Club Person of the Year: Eileen Upton

Photographer of the Year
Third Place: Finbarr O'Shea LIPF
Runner-Up: Zane Llewellyn LIPF
POTY: Kevin Day LIPF

Congratulations to all award winners and especially, Photographer of the Year, 2017, Kevin Day. 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.

Thanks 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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ECCG Shoots 2017 Competition – 06/06/2017

ECCG's fourth internal competition of the year was for images taken during any of the Group's shoots held during 2017. With no other theme to focus the entries, they were indeed varied as can be seen in the competition's gallery.

While the best picture overall was the brilliant portrait above taken by Noelle Lowney at last weekend's Innishannon Steam Rally, there were some great battles across the grades as the votes were counted.

When the final tally was recorded the spoils were divided as follows:

In Grade C, Paul Stack took first place with a winning margin of seven points from Miriam Keogh with Andrew Foley taking third.

Noelle Lowney had a very comfortable win in Grade B, a full 68 points ahead of Jim O'Neill in second place while Keith Johnson took the third spot.

Grade A saw the tightest of margins with Denis Barry holding onto a one point lead from Michael Hickey to win the Grade while Kevin Day was only another eight points adrift in third.

In the overall scores, Noelle Lowney had a thirty point cushion in first place with Paul Stack and Miriam Keogh taking second and third places respectively.

Well done to all twenty entrants.

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

See also:
How I took that Shot - Michael Hickey
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Paul Stack
Competition Gallery
Winners Presentation Photos
Competition Results and 2017 League Table


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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