Photographer of the​ Year

SACC Photographer of the Year Competition


This competition, (previously known as the SACC Print & Projected Image Competition), is the SACC regional qualifying round for the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition. It is usually held in November followed by the IPF national finals in February. The best overall image in SACC region is awarded the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy. This competition is open to individual members of all affiliated SACC clubs. There are 6 categories available to enter: 3 open and 3 themed. See link below for full details.

Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017

Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co.Tipperary

Click here for details and online application

Chasing the light-night!


Marek Biegalski portrait, nature & landscapes photographer visited the club last night. A slight delay due to unforeseen circumstances just served to whet our appetites for a superb night chock full of amazing images. Born in Poland in early 70’s, he has lived in Ireland since 2006. He is a self-taught photographer. His work captures sublime moments of light and surrounding, which is a result of meticulous planning and preparation.
Marek is an artist who seeks out patterns within the landscape and the hidden link between reality and the imagination. This approach also spills over into his fine art images and portraits. He went through his latest work from Lofoten and some portraits as well award winning and Irish landscapes. Marek has established a Photography Tour company that shares the knowledge marek has built up over the years. A big thanks from Blarney Photography Club. For further information check out his website at

Going from strength to strength

Blarney Photography Club managed to get a 4th place position in a challenging competition of 25 clubs in the IPF Shield. Henry O’Brien was awarded an honorary mention for his Colour Print. This represents significant progress for the club. The selection committee put in a lot of hard work selecting and organising printing and finishing  the works. The members who supplied images including all those who didn’t make the final selection did a great job. To jump 14 places from last years 18th to be just a few points outside the top 3 is brilliant. With 1st place going to Dundalk and 2nd Palmerstown and 3rd place to Offshoot from south county Dublin Blarney had to fly the flag for outside The Pale! Special thanks goes to Fergal, Cian and Charlie who helped with the selection Rory and Paul for additional duties including setting the files to print. Ger who kept us all on the straight and narrow.  Next year it’s a podium place!!




Continuing our steady club progress at all levels we had a medal winner in the Non-Advanced (formerly Intermediate) Section of the SACC Creative when valued member Henry O’Brien  took Bronze in the projected image section. Henry’s beautiful portrait
and successful image was of another member, none other than Frank Lyall. We think that counts as 2 for the price of 1!



Driving the Celtic Challenge

Our club Chairman won best Colour Print at the Celtic Challenge in Portcawl, Wales year and Ireland won the event for the first time in seven years. This annual event is a Print & Projected competition between the Photographic Federations of Celtic nations. There are entries from the Welsh Photographic Federation, the Scottish Photographic Federation, The Cornwall Photographic Alliance, Isle of Man Photography, the Northern Ireland Photographic Alliance and the Irish Photographic Federation. Each Federation is represented by three panels of 10 images (Colour, Mono and Projected) and the winner is the federation with the best aggregate result from their three panels. As well as winning the overall award this year the Irish Photographic Federation took the award of the best Colour Image, which was our own Paul’s “The Reading Room”. reading-room

Model Village!

The club night on Thursday was a beautiful affair with Ina, Laura, Orlagh & Dan drafted in for modelling duties by Paul for a terrific shoot night with Studio Lights. Fergal, Mark and Henry set up 3 areas and we shot the night away. Of course it went far too quickly but hopefully some great images were captured. Thanks to Rory for technical assistance and keeping the show on the road. Paul was on hand for creative input. Photo’s thanks to Tadhg Hurley.

Viv Buckley Adventures!


Vivien Buckley a member of Mallow Camera Club visited our club and gave a varied and terrific presentation. Vivien has  gained photographic distinctions a Licentiate, and an Associateship of the Irish Photographic Federation, and an AFIAP distinction Artiste de la Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique. She was also included in the “The Irish Times Top 100 Photographers” in 2012 and in 2013. 

Vivien told us about real life adventures and adventures in her creative process with a no holds barred account on all fronts demonstrating techniques and showing prints finishing with a superb demonstration. Read More.