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.

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: https://goo.gl/forms/8dP7nrUOjvh8nf3Q2

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: https://goo.gl/forms/KkAC4b9a3VfxM1RB2

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 pictures@the-times.ie for consideration.
 
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We look forward to seeing your pictures from around Ireland.
 
The Times, Ireland edition, is in print and online at http://www.thetimes.ie six days a week, with The Sunday Times at weekends.