I’ve moved the Interesting Places page from the Members’ Menu to the renamed How and Where to do stuff Menu (it was simply Education – not terribly eye catching), changing its name in the process to Some Photogenic places. It is a map with about a dozen markers, showing places that photographers visiting Carlow might like to visit for a few photographs.

But there are probably another dozen or so other places that might be added to the map, so please take a look, and if you don’t see one that you think you should, add a comment on the page and I’ll update the map.



Carlow Photographic Society’s open night is on Wednesday the 5th of September.

We look forward to welcoming back regular members and openly welcome new members.

We are a group of people who are passionate about photography. We enjoy sharing knowledge and experiences while encouraging each other to continuously develop our photographic skills.

We meet every Wednesday night in the Seven Oaks Hotel from 8pm, September – May, with members continuing to meet up for social photo opportunities over the summer period.

We have regular guest speakers, photo workshops, outings and competitions. We also have an annual exhibition which allows members the opportunity to display their photography to a wider audience.

Images courtesy of: Joe Rattigan LIPF, Liam Beattie AIPF, Gilbert Smyth and Michael Russell.

All members have access to the CPS website’s albums, where they can post their photos for others to see. Those who also use facebook can post their pictures in the CPS Group there, so which to use? Both have advantages and disadvantages.

  • Ease of Posting: It is probably a bit easier to put a picture on our website, as you can upload up to 20 pictures at a time
  • Visibility: Only CPS members can see pictures posted in our group on facebook, while anyone can see pictures posted in the albums, unless you (or the administrator) specifically restricts them
  • Discussion: With the latest album system, it is easy for members to rate or comment on a photo, and if you have several you would like opinions on, the website is easier. There is, or will be, a mechanism for exchange of comments between the website and facebook
  • Picture quality: You will generally get higher quality results in pictures on the website
  • Organisation: Everyone gets their own album in the gallery and there are generally separate albums for various projects. Within their album members can create sub-albums, so pictures can be organised into various categories. In the facebook group all the pictures go into one big album (generally).
  • Permanence: Facebook isn’t. The webpage is.

If you had pictures in our previous Gallery system and would like them transferred to your new album, let me (Austin) know. It is a simple operation but does require admin rights.

Lots have things have changed with facebook since we first set up so that posts here would be echoed to our facebook group, and various settings had fallen into disrepair. To get it going, it seemed simplest to start from scratch, so today’s question is – are we there yet, Sabrina?

The dream team!!

The Irish Photographic Federation of the Year finals today, who, without the help of those in the background, none of it would have been possible.

A huge Thank You to all the Carlow Photographic Society members who helped out over the weekend, many of whom are missing from this photo.

A great success by all and a big thank you to all in the Talbot Hotel Carlow for such great hospitality.

A thank you to all who shared our posts in the lead up to it, it was greatly appreciated #LoveCarlow #CarlowTourism

Congratulations to all winners over the last two day

Below are the overall two winning images

IPF Photographer of the Year 2018

IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2018

This years finals of the Nature Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year competitions

Well be held by the Irish Photographic Federation in the Talbot Hotel Carlow 

If you or anyone you know has an interest in photography please come along as this event is open to the puplic. Veiw all the photographs over the two days you wont be disappointed. 


The Nationalist 13 February 2017