FIAP Distinctions Holders Exhibition Invitation

The Irish Photographic Federation in association with the Eddie Chandler Gallery, will host an exhibition of images by successful FIAP Distinction Holders. The Gallery is located at 10 Lower Camden Street Dublin 2.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 9th, June 2018 at 3pm. The presentation of the 2018 pins and certificates will take place as part of the opening reception. All successful FIAP Distinction applicants for 2018 will be entitled to submit some of their images and these will form the exhibition. The exhibition will then be on show for the month of June. This is a change to our normal practice and it is felt that by organising this exhibition we will be able to give better recognition to our successful international photographers.

Club Member James Mahon will receive an AFIAP Distinction at this event. All club members are invited to attend.

Con Doyle crowned 2018 Wildlife Photographer


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.

Con Doyle with his winning panel

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.

Peadar Doogue, Chairman of APS with Winner, Con Doyle, Judge, Ita Martin and Sponsor, Paddy Joe Ryan

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.

Some of the large attendance at the event.

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;

Paddy Joe Ryan Wildlife Panel Competition 2018

The third edition of the Wildlife Panel Competition generously sponsored by our own Paddy Joe Ryan will take place on Wednesday next May 16th in the Athy CDP. Paddy Joe has been the foremost Wildlife photographer in the club for many years and has produced a wonderful collection of outstanding images. It is hoped that as many members as possible will participate. Even if you are not competing, the event is normally one of the highlights of the club calendar and you are encouraged to be present.

The hall will be open from 7pm. Contestants should have their panel erected and ready for judging by 7.45pm at the latest. Judging will commence at 8pm. The competition will be judged by Ms Ita Martin of Malahide Camera Cub.


  1. Entry restricted to current members of Athy Photographic Society.
  2. Each panel will consist of 6 (six) A4 sized mounted photographs.
  3. Images may be Colour or Monochrome or a mixture of both
  4. There are no restrictions to as when any of the photographs may have been taken
  5. We will adhere to the rules of Wildlife Photography as recognised by the Irish Photographic Federeation (IPF). The following is a summary of the most relevant rules ;

Wildlife Images are defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Wildlife photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

The following are allowed

  1. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
  2. Colour images can be converted to monochrome.
  3. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
  4. Techniques that remove elements added by the ea, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.

The following are not allowed

  1. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
  2. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, farm animals or mounted specimens are ineligible.
  3. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Stitched images are not permitted.
  4. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  5. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo, game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible

The full rules may be accessed at;

If you are doubtful of any image prior to the competition please contact Committee for clarification. If you require help or direction about printing, mounting or any issues please feel free to contact the Committee also. While this is an individual competition, the ethos of the club is to help one another.

Midland Photography Group Magazine – Volume 51

All the latest  news from the member clubs of the Midland Photography Group is available in this months magazine. It includes a number of images from Athy members. Peadar Doogue is the Athy representative on the Group. Please forward him any photos or articles for next months edition.

Midland Photography Group Magazine – Volume 5151.MPG Magazine April 2018

Club outing to Rock of Dunamase – May 2nd 2018

On Wednesday evening the 2nd May 2018 members headed off in convoy to the spectacular Rock of Dunamase. It is only a short distance from Athy, located just off the Stradbally to Portlaoise road in Co. Laois. Armed with Cameras, Tripods, Filters and great expectations, we hoped to photograph the sun setting behind the far off Slieve Bloom Mountains. However the weather had other ideas and it to be a disappointing night for photography. Undeterred members did however managed to capture the sunset. We also got some fine images of the ruins, including some spectacular silhouettes of the ruins against the night sky.

We will arrange another trip later in the year when hopefully we will be blessed by better weather and lighting conditions.

Photos courtesy of Naoise Kelly

Boat Trip on the River Barrow – April 21st 2018

The community of Athy are very fortunate to have the River Barrow and the Grand Canal flowing through the tow. The Barrow and Grand Canal meet just south of the town it’s a very beautiful and interesting area.

On Saturday April 21st members took a three hour river cruise on the River Barrow with the Athy Boat Tours. This gave us a chance to enjoy the natural beauty and an opportunity to capture some images. With cameras at the ready we managed to get a few wildlife and landscape shots. It wasn’t quiet the Amazon, however it was just as beautiful and at least we didn’t have to paddle our own canoes.

We must acknowledge Chris & Margaret our pilot and guide on the Day.
We would highly recommend taking a river trip, either for photography or just a relaxing out of the ordinary experience. Boat Tour details are available here

Photos courtesy of Peadar Doogue, Paddy Joe Ryan, Aisling Hyland and Willie Quinlan

Biodiversity Photographer of the Year

Photo Competitions

Are you are a keen amateur photographer that loves to capture striking landscapes, migration spectacles or dramatic close-up images of birds and mammals? Would you like to win up to €500 in cash prizes? Then we have the competition for you.

Nothing captures Ireland’s beautiful natural environment better than photograph, so as part of Ireland’s Biodiversity Week 2018 we have 2 photo competitions underway. Our ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to the general public and our ‘Young Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to secondary school students.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity’. The challenge is to capture an image that reflects an aspect of biodiversity in Ireland.

It could relate to: how action for Biodiversity has changed over the past 25 years, the achievements of actions taken in the past 25 years, reflecting on the past 25 year to develop new action goals for Biodiversity, develop an understanding of the importance of sustainable goals, traditional practices or knowledge relating to Biodiversity, developing people’s understanding the importance and/or fragility of Biodiversity threatened over the past 25 years, and celebrating Biodiversity in all its forms.

All photos must be taken in the month of May and must be submitted by midnight on the 31st May 2018.

The winner will be determined by a judging panel whose decision is final. Judges include Frank Millar, Picture Editor of the Irish Times.

Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition

Please complete the following form to enter:

The winner will receive €500, with second place receiving €200 and third place €100.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

Young Biodiversity Photographer of the Year: Schools Competition
Please complete the following form to enter:

The winner will receive €200, with second place receiving €100 and third place €50.

Get snapping – we look forward to receiving your entries!

Please read the *Terms and Conditions thoroughly before sending in your entries.

The Times Ireland – Photo Submissions

The Times, Ireland edition, is calling on Ireland’s photographers, professional and gifted amateur, to send us their best recent work for consideration in our pages.
From landscapes to weather, animals to the arts, events to street photography, we carry the best work produced by Irish photographers.
Please email your work to for consideration.
[Specs: jpegs, no bigger than 5mb, preferably with caption and contact info embedded in the metadata]
We look forward to seeing your pictures from around Ireland.
The Times, Ireland edition, is in print and online at six days a week, with The Sunday Times at weekends.

Portrait Lighting and Off Camera Flash Workshop by Mr Seamus Costelloe

Photographer Mr Seamus Costelloe from Kilkenny demonstrated off Camera Flash techniques to the members of the Athy Photographic Society at the April 18th meeting. Seamus was ably assisted by our own member Tara. The Athy members were delighted to welcome members of the South Kildare Camera Club (Newbridge) and also members of Portarlington Camera Club to the event. It was a very informative enjoyable and social evening. Hopefully we will see the results of people putting their new found knowledge in to practice.

Photos courtesy of Peadar Doogue