Star of the County Down

Hugh Wilkinson explains to Club Chairman Mark Gorman that ‘ 2 Birds on a stick is worth 1 in the bush! ‘

A fabulous evening of wit, charm and oh yes….photography from Hugh Wilkinson. Now a Master of The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain since May 2018 ( One of only 4 on the Island of Ireland ) and previous winner of the Photographer of the Year from the IPF and Photographer of the Year from The NIPF in the same year ( I think that is unique achievement? )  Hugh wowed a packed room at the Blarney Golf  Resort with a stunning set of images. He brought along his Masters Panel as well as his IPF panel and cases of individual award-winning photographs. Never to shirk a question Hugh generously answered all questions with openness sharing tricks of the trade and personal views on many aspects of photography.

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Photographer of the Year 2018

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The high point of our annual exhibition night is along with the League Awards the Photographer of the Year Awards. This year judged by IPF president Dominic Reddin and SACC Photographer of the Year Winner Seamus Costello.

Grade 3 

Best Colour Print Barry Bridgeman

Best Monochrome Print Nora O’Callaghan

Best Projected Nora O’Callaghan

Grade 2

Best Colour Print Jim Linehan

Best Monochrome Print Jim Linehan & Catherine Daly HM

Best Projected Jim Linehan

Grade 1

Best Colour Print Fergal O’Callaghan & Paul Reidy Joint

Best Monochrome Print Michael Strapec

Best Projected Seamus Mulcahy & Paul Reidy Joint

Grade 3 Overall

1st Barry Bridgeman

2nd Nora O’Callaghan

3rd Ray Shanahan

Grade 2 Overall

1st Jim Linehan

2nd Joe Hayes

3rd Pat Good

Grade 1 Overall

1st Paul Reidy

2nd Michael Strapec

3rd Danny Foley

Chairman’s award

Catherine Daly


2018 Club League

As part of the celebrations for the 2018 Club activities medals for the Blarney Photography Club league were awarded last night at the annual POTY and Exhibition at the Castle Hotel Blarney. The league was a hard fought campaign for all and well done to all the winners and to all who entered, the league images were a major part of the clubs success during the 2018 season.

League 2018 Advanced

1st Place Danny Foley
2nd Place Seamus Mulcahy

3rd Place Michael Strapec

League 2018 Intermediate
1st Place Joe Hayes
2nd Place Mike Lynch
3rd Place Jim Linehan

League 2018 Novice

1st Place Jane Thomas
2nd Place Nora O’Callaghan

3rd Place Ray Shanahan



A fantastic result for the Blarney Club at this years IPF Interclub in Mullingar with our first podium place for joint 3rd with Drogheda for Colour Print and 4th in the Mono Print giving us 4th position overall. Congratulations to Catchlight, Dundalk and Drogheda 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Fantastic work done but lots to do! The solid work achieved at the SACC regional Interclub with our 1st place gave a tremendous jumping off point for the National Competition. Here is looking forward to greater success in 2019!!


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Celebrations at Blarney HQ!

1O7A2076To celebrate Blarney Photography Club’s victory in the 2018 SACC Interclub a special fixture was added to the regular Thursday club night. The Clubs unofficial HQ, The back bar in The Castle Hotel ( Johnnies ) was the venue for a great night of spirited celebration for the club. Have a look at slideshow below and you can see what a great night it was. Special Thanks to Henry for all the great photos.

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Blarney Win SACC Interclub 2018

Blarney Photography Club won the Southern Region Inter Club for 2018. This was our first time ever winning the overall award, having come 2nd in the previous two years. This is a great result for a club which was only formed in 2010.
Competitions would like to acknowledge and thank our selectors, Paul Reidy, Eddie Kelly, Des Daly, Bill Power, who gave of the expertise, and time to create this memorable occasion.
To all the members who submitted images for selection, a big thank you. It goes without saying that there would not be panels without you.
It was great that this win took place in Blarney. Thanks to the Southern Association of Camera Clubs Mark Gorman, Tadhg Hurley, Henry Obrien, and Ger O’Halloran, for their work in bringing the event to Blarney. Thanks also to Catherine Duggan for all the scoring.

Below are the winning panels.
Well done everyone involved and congratulations to the other award winners
2nd place Cork Camera Group, and 3rd place Mallow Camera Club.

Congrats also to Bill Power on his individual awards.

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Left: SACC Chairman Mark Gorman presents Seamus Costello with the POTY and Seamus Scullane Award.

Right: SACC Chairman Mark Gorman presents Pakie O’Donoghue with the SACC NPOTY Award.

Nature Photographer of the Year SACC
Saturday Jan 13th: To a delighted and packed Cabragh Wetlands Trust Building the winner of the 2017-2018 Nature Photographer of the year was announced. Pakie O Donoghue from the Blackwater Photographic Society picked up the award. Pakie was shocked at receiving the award but it was truly deserved. Pakie also picked up a Gold Medal for the Open Print Catagory. There was about 100 people in attendance and special thanks go to the Wetland Trust and to Thurles Camera Club for helping make it a fantastic event. Blarney Photography Club did the SACC proud running an excellent event and once again congratulations to all the winners and Pakie. Seamus Mulcahy, Eddie Kelly and Kevin Day won several awards.

Photographer of the Year
The previous Month on December 3rd in the Horse and Jocky Hotel The Photographer of the Year was played out with a terrific attendance and a huge entry 100’s of images were put through their paces by the judges and the final winner Seamus Costello took the POTY  Seamus Scallane trophy. Seamus had won 2 golds and a bronze on the day and was a worthy winner. Other notable winners in the Advanced Catagories were Bill Power and Morgan O’Niell both of whom won several Medals and Awards.

For all the results see