Another successful Annual Exhibition

Athy Photographic Society held the opening night of their annual Exhibition on Friday October 19th. 2018. The venue was the Athy Community College. The night was well attended and it proved to be a very enjoyable event. We were delighted to welcome members from other nearby Camera Clubs. The event was officially opened by Ms Lucina Russell, Arts Officer with Kildare County Council. We were also honoured to have the IPF President Mr. Domnic Reddin in attendance.

Sixteen members exhibited approximately 120 images which were very well received by those in attendance. We were delighted to have six members exhibiting for the first time. We have been very lucky in recruiting new members in the last year which has brought fresh dynamism and enthusiasm to the club. The exhibition continued until Sunday October 21st.  The following is a list of participating photographers;

Larry Connell, Peadar Doogue, Con Doyle, Cynthia English, Frank Fanning, Pat Fleming, Brian Flynn, Martin Germaine, Aisling Hyland, Jimmy McCarthy, James Mahon, Eamon Murphy, Tara Pedreschi, Paddy Joe Ryan, Willie Quinlan and Nicholas Walsh

Here are just a sample of the photos that were on display

Willie Quinlan
Tara Pedreschi
Paddy Joe Ryan
Martin Germaine
Jimmy McCarthy
James Mahon
Frank Fanning
Aisling Hyland

Frank leads the way in Durrow

The members of  Athy Photographic Society wish to congratulate Frank Fanning on winning the  Durrow Scarecrow Senior Photography Competition 2018. This annual photography competition is a popular event in the festival. It attracts entries from throughout the country and is of a very high standard. It involves competitors submitting a maximum of 3 printed photos. This is Franks second year for entering the competition, he came second last year.

Frank’s entry consisted of a stunning still life, a beautiful sunset at Kilberry bog and a moody shot of the Rock of Dunamase. 

Field Trip to Castledermot and Ducketts Grove

On Wednesday 20th June eight members of participated in a  field trip to two different locations in Kildare and Carlow. The first stop was Castledermot Abbey where the magnificent arches and walls of the ruins presented some great photo opportunities . The nearby graveyard and Round Tower were also explored. Our member Willie Quinlan imparted his impressive knowledge of the area, specifically the High Crosses and various archaeological points of interest.

The next location was Duckett’s Grove in Co. Carlow. Members were rewarded with a beautiful Sunset, where the clouds in the sky became illuminated in a variety of colours, which made for great photographs with the impressive Gothic mansion making for a great foreground subject.
 All in all it was a great evening with lots of excuses to utilise our camera equipment, learn from each other whilst also enjoying ourselves and the wonderful conditions at the same time.
Thanks to Naoise Kelly for the report and Paddy Joe Ryan for the photos

Field Trip to Kilberry Bog

For the summer months rather than holding indoor meetings the Club organises field trips. Making the most of the good weather Club members went to Kilberry Bog on June 6th. The bog is located just off the Athy to Monasterevan Road.

On the night eleven members attended and were delighted to get up close with the magnificent and beautiful Bog Cotton. An added bonus was the amazing and spectacular sunset. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip and looks forward to the next one. What better way to learn, than to listen and learn from each other, team bonding at its best at Athy Photographic Society

Thanks to Tara Pedreschi for filing the report and also for sharing some of her images from the night.

Distinctions Update

Delighted to report that two Club members recently received Photography Distinction Awards. First up was Naoise Kelly. Naoise has been awarded a Licentiate distinction granted by the Societies of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers (SINWP)

Naoise has only been a member of the SINWP since April 2018. He was required to submit 20 images which were scrutinised by four assessors. The images were deemed to be of the required quality. Commenting on his future plans he says he “hope to apply for a Licentiateship with the Irish Photographic Federation, either this year, or by May 2019 and also an Associateship in time with the SINWP.” Naoise also paid tribute to fellow club members and especially James Mahon and Peadar Doogue for the help and support I’ve received in gaining the award.

James Mahon has been awarded an AFIAP distinction. Earlier this month, at an event in Dublin organised by the Irish Photographic Federation, he was presented with an AFIAP Certificate, Pin and FIAP Card by Domnic Reddin (National President President of the IPF) and Paul Stanley (IPF FIAP Liaison Officer).  

FIAP (Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique) is one of the two major governing bodies of world photography, the other being the PSA (Photographic Society of America. The distinction “Artist FIAP” (AFIAP) is the first artistic distinction that can be obtained. It is awarded to photographic artists whose artistic qualities, technique and production of work have been acknowledged through the participation in international salons under FIAP Patronage.

The candidate for this distinction must:

  1. Have taken part with success in international salons under FIAP Patronage for at least 1 year.
  2. Have taken part with success in at least 15 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 8 different countries
  3. Have obtained at least 40 acceptances with at least 15 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.
  4. 10% of the required acceptances in salons under FIAP Patronage have to be gained in “Print” salons,

Speaking after the event James said “It was a great day and I was delighted to have one of my images chosen to be exhibited. My sincere thanks to all who have helped me achieve this milestone, most especially my family and fellow members in the Athy Photographic Society. It is now upwards and onwards to achieve the next distinction level of EFIAP which hopefully should be next June”

We wish both Naoise and James continued success in their photographic endeavours. 


Go Naoise Go

Our member Naoise Kelly has been honoured by Harvey Norman for his sensational landscape images. On Wednesday evening May 24th one of Naoise’s photos was on display at the Harvey Norman store in Naas. The event which hosted by Canon Ireland featured professional photographer and Canon specialist David Newton. David gave a presentation on his amazing photography work and passing on lots of helpful advice and tips. It proved to be an incredibly informative and inspiring evening. A number of other photographers also had their work on display and it was wonderful achievement by Naoise to have his work chosen. We wish him continued success. Here is Naoise’s outstanding image.

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.