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”

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