Congratulations Helen

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018

NPOTY 2018

Helen McQuillan  receiving her Honourable Mention Certificate from IPF President Dominic Reddin

at the Nature Photographer of The Year (NPOTY) finals in Carlow today.

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Programme January 8th – March 26th 2018

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018

Jan 8th                 Photo League. Open.          My Christmas.

Exercise: Extraordinary/Ordinary, creative in the house, for Jan. 22nd.

Jan 13th          SACC / IPF Nature Regional Rround, Cabragh Wetlands Centre, Thurles 

Jan 15th           Photo League.  Open.

Lens perspective, practical. Richard Park. Bring cameras.

Jan 22nd        Photo League: Theme High Key / Low Key.

                        Bring back Extraordinary/Ordinary, creative in the house.

Exercise: Red  for February 5th. 

Jan 29th          Photo League.   Theme, Candid unposed photo.

Black &  White in Photoshop, practical.

Feb 5th            Photo League. Open.

Bring back Red.

                        Exercise: Motion Blur for February 26th.

Feb 12th           Photo League, Black & White (Mono) only.

                        Composition presentation by Maria O’Brien

Feb 17th/18th    IPF Photographer of the Year and Nature Photographer of The Year, Talbot Hotel, Carlow. 

Feb 19th           Guest Speaker  Chris Copley AIPF.

Feb 24th           Distinctions Workshop, Millmount, Drogheda. 

Feb 26th           Photo League, Open.       Bring back Motion Blur.

                         Exercise: Texture for March 12th. 

March 5th        Photo League. Theme, Rain.

                         Practical: Understanding the camera. Bring camera, lens, Flashgun etc..

March 12th       Photo League. Open. Announce Spring Trail.

                         Bring back Texture

March 17th – 19thth          Shoot Spring Trail. 

Mar 24th          Distinctions, Dumamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. Ls & As only.        


March 26th       Spring Trail Judging.                              

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IPF Nature Group Workshop Feb 10th 2018

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017

IPF Nature Group

The IPF Nature Group is delighted to announce that its latest nature photography workshop is scheduled for Saturday 10th February, 2018 in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles, from 10.00 until 16.30. There will be four experienced presenters, Jack Malins ARPS, John Fox, Ita Martin LIPF, and Malcolm McCamley FIPF ARPS, and the topics covered will include all aspects of Bird, Flora, Fungi, Insect and Mammal photography. The workshop will be suitable for all levels of experience and will include an explanation of the FIAP Rules for Nature Photography as they now stand.

The cost of the workshop is €20 for Nature Group members and €35 for non-members. The latter will automatically become members of the Nature Group without charge until 31st Dec. 2018.

Morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the price and free car parking is available at the hotel. Lunch will be at attendees’ own expense.

Attendance is limited, on a first come basis. Out recent similar workshops in Athlone and Enniscorthy were heavily subscribed, so early booking is advised (go to ).

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Nature Photographer of the Year (NPOTY)

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017

The SACC Regional Round of the IPF Nature is now open for entries  2017/18.

Entries must be completed online at

This year, the finals weekend will be held on 17th of February in the Talbot Hotel in Carlow.

Do you want to win the title of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2018?

Well, get your entries prepared, the online entry is open until midnight on Sunday the 7th of January.

The format, sections, fees, and rules will remain the same as last year.

Nature Photographer of the Year Sections:

  • Print – Open
  • Print – Theme – Flora & Fungi
  • Projected Image – Open
  • Projected Image – Theme – Irish Wildbirds & Wildlife
  • Projected Image – Open – The Natural World

Entry fee structure listed below:

  • One Section: €15
  • Two Sections: €20
  • Three Sections: €25
  • Four or more Sections: €30

Closing Date:

Midnight on Sunday the 7th of January, 2018

Regional Competition  

Saturday January 13th 2018

The Cabragh Wetlands Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

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Clare Birdwatch Ireland Invitation

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

On Friday 12th of January internationally renowned wildlife/bird artist,
author, photographer and genuinely entertaining speaker Killian Mullarney
will give a presentation at the Templegate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm.

Killian is famous for his artwork in the Collins Bird Guide/other
publications, nature artwork on our postage stamps, artist in situ with
Eamon de Buitléar on TG4, RTE and BBC programmes and leading wildlife tours
throughout Europe.

This a one off opportunity to see him in County Clare. Part of his
presentation discusses artwork illustration versus photographic
illustration. There will also be and opportunity to join in the discussion
during a question and answer session at the end. Some of Killian’s artwork
and publications will be on display.

Everybody is welcome to attend.

Thank you

Tom Lynch
Secretary Clare Birdwatch Ireland.

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Shannon / Ennis Camera Clubs Showdown

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017

This weekend October 28th-30th shoot your images of or in Ennis Town only for the great showdown between Ennis Camera Club & Shannon Camera Club. Return your 5 or 6 best images, on a memory stick,  to the club on the night of November 6th, when the best 20 will be chosen for The Showdown on November 27th in The Oakwood Hotel.

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Posted by on Oct 23, 2017

Congratulations to Yvonne Acheson the National Champion in the IPF National Audio Visual Championships yesterday. Yvonne took the Gold Medal in the Advanced Section & also Gold as the Overall winner. We are delighted that the The Kieran O’Loughlin Memorial Trophy for the best AV in the show is back to Shannon again for another year.

Congratulations too to Maria O’Brien for getting an Honourable Mention in the Intermediate section & to Sheamus O’Donoghue for getting an Honourable Mention in the Advanced.

Five Club members had six entries in National Championships .

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Yvonne with judges Andrew Gagg, left & Richard Brown   Yvonne with  Dominic Reddin IPF President .

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