Club Exhibition At Cork Airport

Blarney Photography Club is proud to have an exhibition of work at the Cork Aiport Terminal Building. We hope you get a chance to view the exhibit. Members represented with work include, Barry Lane, Catherine Daly, Catherine Duggan, Cian O’Mahony, David Triglia, Donncha O’Caoimh, Eileen Casey, Frances Lynch, Freddie Murphy, Ger O’Halloran, Gerry Walsh, Henry O’Brien, Irena Mamyko, Jim Linehan, Jim Rocks, John O’Halloran, Mark Gorman, Michael Lynch, Michael Strapec, Niall Punch, Pat Good, Paul Reidy, Ray Shanahan, Ron Giesbers, Rory O’Connor, Seamus Howell, Seamus Mulcahy and Tadhg Hurley.

Founded in 2010, Blarney Photography Club is made up of a group of interested amateur photographers who enjoy getting together to talk about their hobby and of course, take photographs, and enter competitions. The club caters for all competency levels and runs tutorial classes each season to assist beginners to improve their skills and it also serves as a useful way of helping new members to integrate into the club.

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Genius Loci ‘spirit of a place’

Last week we had a very special Guest Speaker in. Inaki Hernandes-Lasa. Inaki is a well-known Architectural photographer. Spanish by birth he has been living in Ireland for nearly 20 years now, originally in Dublin and for the last 10 years in Limerick. He is currently a member of Limerick Camera Club and was at one time a member of the Cork Camera Group. He is a multi-award winning photographer and while his family background is steeped in Architecture he himself is a linguist but his photographic interests reflect his own background and upbringing. He is the holder of a Fellowship from the IPF (2012) after which he took a break from photography for 4 years before pursuing a Fellowship from the RPS with a totally different panel and which he was recently awarded. Uniquely for us in Blarney he was able to present both his “F” panels in what was a stunning presentation interspersed with a unique insight into what drives him as a photographer. His earlier IPF panel was architectural and featured lots of blues and yellows and while not mono, as many Architectural panels are, was very much in the tradition of the genre. Inaki calls his treatment ‘Genius Loci’ the Roman religious  term for the protective spirit of a place.
His latest panel, however in which all the images were captured in the Guggenheim Museum in his native Bilbao, was a stunning piece of fine art photography and well worthy of the award. Inaki’s explanation of its origins and how he composed it made for a riveting presentation.  The large attendance showed their appreciation at its conclusion with loud and sustained applause.


On The Podium for ‘The Shield’ 2019

Last week we celebrated the rather unexpected success of our 3rd place finish at the IPF National Shield in Kilkenny. The slide show attached has some great images from the day and after at the club night celebrating a great result.
On the following club night we had  a most entertaining presentation from the winning contributors and they were formally presented with their prints behalf of the Club. Well done to all the members who had printed selected and to the selectors especially Select Chair Seamus who put a lot of work into getting the club to this brilliant new high. All pix by Henry O’Brien.

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Blarney’s Henry Does the Business!


Fota Wildlife Park opens its first photography exhibition at Cork Airport featuring the winners and runners up from their summer photography competition

• Best photograph by a camera club photographer- Winner – Henry O’Brien from Blackrock, Cork of Blarney Camera Club
Runner Up – Heather Rice of Mountrath, Co. Laois, of Mountrath and District Camera Club

• Best photograph by a professional photographer – Winner – Claudio Amazio of Cork City
Runner Up – Pawel Curylo from Cobh, Co. Cork

  • Best photograph by a non-club/non-professional photographer-  Winner – Chris Martin of Douglas, Cork – Runner Up – Michael Allshire from Coachford, Co. Cork
  • Best photograph using a smartphone/tablet- Winner – Carol Daly from Cloyne, Co. Cork Runner Up – Joy Burniston from Glengarriff, Co. Cork
  • Best photograph by an Under 16-  Winner – Aurora Clancy-Stokes aged 10 from Oola, Co. Limerick – Runner Up – Kinga Koscielniak aged 9 from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork
  • Best photograph by an International visitor- Winner – Robin Williams from Missouri, USA  – Runner Up – Thomas Carter from London, UK

The photography exhibition is open to the public during the month of October at Cork Airport landside terminal building (opposite Bank of Ireland). The 2020 pictorial calendar will be available from Fota Wildlife Park mid-October.

BPC Open Night

We had a fantastic “Open Night” on Thursday 19th with lots of visitors viewing the work of the members and adding some new names to the club. Here are a few shots taken by the in house reportage photographer Henry O’Brien…just a taste of the atmosphere. Thanks to all the members who showed up and contributed with work for display, and especially Eileen who wowed all with the club’s coffee house experience!

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Blarney POTY 2019

Blarney Photography Club Photographer of the Year 2019

Winner Seamus Mulcahy · Runner up Tadhg Hurley · 3rd Des Daly

Grade 1 –  Best Colour Print

Winner Tadhg Hurley · HM Seamus Mulcahy · HM Des Daly

Grade 1 – Best Monochrome Print

Winner Seamus Mulcahy · HM Fergal O’Callaghan · HM Michael Strapec

Grade 1 – Best Projected

Winner Tadhg Hurley · HM Michael Strapec · HM Jane Thomas · HM Seamus Mulcahy


Grade 2 –  Best Colour Print

Winner Niall Punch · HM Niall Punch

Grade 2 – Best Monochrome Print

Winner Pat Kelleher · HM Ray Shanahan · HM Catherine Daly

Grade 2 – Best Projected

Winner Niall Punch · HM Pat Kelleher

Grade 2 Overall

1st Pat Good · 2nd Pat Kelleher · 3rd Niall Punch


Grade 3 –  Best Colour Print

Winner Barbara Kowalewska · HM Barry Bridgeman

Grade 3 – Best Monochrome Print

Winner Seamus Howell · HM Barbara Kowalewska x2

Grade 3 – Best Projected

Winner Seamus Howell · HM Barry Bridgeman · HM Fran Lynch

Grade 3 Overall

1st Barbara Kowalewska · 2nd Seamus Howell · 3rd Barry Bridgeman



Fergal O’Callaghan AIPF


Fergal Bowling Pane

As Blarney’s first ever Licentiate, Fergal presented his Associateship panel for assessment in Mullingar on Saturday May 11th and there was sustained applause from the audience when the panel was declared successful and this turned out to be the start of a very successful weekend for Blarney Photography Club. 

The panel is a fabulous and unique body of work that documents the sport of road bowling and is something that Fergal should be forever proud.

Fergal’s successful panel and the stories behind the images and preparation of the panel will no doubt be part of a great night photographic discourse. Well done Fergal.


The Rebels are 1st & 3rd!

A weekend to remember at the National Club Championships

Blarney takes on the “Big Boys” at the National Club Championships and brings the Colour Title back Blarney for the first time in the club’s short history. The Colour Title has been the preserve of clubs who have won the FIAP World Cup for Clubs and to take the title ahead on any of those was an amazing feat of photography which was greeted with very genuine applause and cheering from the large attendance and which is testament to the dedicated photographers who submitted images, to Competition Officer, Mao. and his selectors and the popularity of Blarney Photography Club within the IPF. 

Blarney also came 3rd overall out of the 27 participating clubs. This is the first time that Blarney finished in the “Medals”. Something that every member should be very proud of. 

In the individual awards Bill Power was awarded a “horrible mention” for his colour print, while Strappo took the top piece of “scrap metal” in the same competition. This was Blarney’s first ever individual Gold medal at these championships. Congratulations both.

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Bill Power “The Tower”


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Michael Strapec “Follow your leader”