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.

Rules

  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;
https://www.fiap.net/docs/definition/DefNat-en.pdf

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.