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.

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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