Congratulations to Con Doyle on landing the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year title. Con beat off some stiff competition to claim the award. His panel of six images were described by the Judge as being of “exceptional quality”. Con will be presented with the Paddy Joe Ryan trophy at an event later in the year.
The event, held on Wednesday May 16th at the CDP Centre, attracted an amazing turnout of club members. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is sponsored by P.J. Ryan. This was the first competition of the season and it created a great buzz of excitement. The competition is in its third year and this edition proved to be the most successful to date. Ten members participated each displaying a panel of 6 wildlife photographs. The standard was very high and reflects very positively on the contestants and also on the club itself. What was particularly nice to see was the camaraderie of the members. The contestants arrived early and helped each other with the last minute preparations of the panels. Advice was sought and given regarding final presentation. It is very heartening to see such great teamwork even though it was an individual competition. It really is a case of “All for One and One for All”. This ethos has been a hallmark of the club, particularly this year.
The competition was judged by National and International award winning Photographer and Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) Judge Ita Martin. She had the unenviable task of deciding upon a winner. She gave a detailed critique of each and every image. She gave some very insightful and practical tips on how to make improvements. All contestants agreed that this was particularly helpful. After her deliberation she announced that Con Doyle, was the 2018 APS Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Ita, who also judged the 2017 competition, commented to say that it was brilliant to see such a huge increase in the number of contestants. She was also very complimentary of the work of the club in attracting new and younger members.
Ita then proceeded to give an outstanding talk and presentation of her award winning photography. The event was very well attended, it was a most enjoyable evening. We owe her deep gratitude for giving of her time and knowledge and to making the event such a wonderful success. We look forward to having Ita back to our club in the near future.
All photos courtesy of Peadar Doogue
Below are each of the ten entries;