Updated 01-01-2017







Colour  (Open is Mono)

 5th Oct 2016

Machine parts


Mono  (Open is Colour)

 9th Nov 2016



Colour  (Open is Mono)

 1st Feb 2017



Mono   (Open is Colour)

 1st Mar 2017

Open sections are in blod and in (brackets).

The Judging will be around two weeks after entry night subject to the judge 

David Lawlor


I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has added photographs to the Competition Folder, and thanks to those who helped and gave advice on the panel thats going forward to tomorrows SACC Interclub Competition at Cork

It's not an easy process to pick a panel of images when you have a small number of images to work with. To pick ten images for a panel we should ideally have 50-70 images to work with. For our next competition later in the year we will need Colour and B&W panels so please keep adding you favourite photos to the folder.

Best of luck to all members that have photos in tomorrows panel 



We had a great evening with judge Danny McCaughan for the final round of our Photographer of the Year competition. From the five finalists he picked Brian Matthews as the winner – congratulations, Brian. The other four were Jenny McCullough, Shirley Kelly, Joe Rattigan and David Fitzgerald. In an interview afterwards the judge said “All were fantastic. It was difficult to pick a winner”. Brian now appears on our Honours Roll page.

Last night "Travel" was drawn as the topic for Round 3. This led to some discussion as to what would constitute a travel photograph, so I decided to do a bit of browsing …

Wikipedia quotes the Photographic Society of America: "a travel photo is an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations". National Geographic has a page of travel photography tips, which may help but they do assume you have travelled before making your images, whereas for the PSA's definition you don't actually need to go abroad, nor even to Belfast – you could take pictures in Dublin Street that express the feeling of time and place. I'll pass the PSA definition on to the judge.

You could spend many hours on the internet looking at travel photographs, but if you have only time for a few, take a look at these 10 in the Guardian Newspaper's October Travel competition, with a sub-theme "Faces".

Since this competition was introduced a few years ago we have seen some really great photography being entered. This year 25 of our members submitted their 1o images for the first round, and judges Joe Conroy (Mountmellick) and Ciara Drennan (Portlaoise) were full of praise for the quality of the pictures. They judged them separately, and their marks were then combined to produce 5 entrants (Jaroslav Pavlinec, Shirley Kelly, Roger Jones, Nuala Grogan and Jenny McCullough) who would go through to the final.

The finalists printed 5 images from their initial 10 – without knowing how the judges had marked them in the 1st round – and we saw the stunning sets of pictures last night when the judges came to see the prints. They had difficulty choosing between them, as evidenced by the time it took them. Their subsequent comments on the pictures were most instructive, while the finalists had to sit nervously waiting for the outcome. Close second was Roger Jones with some fantastic wildlife prints, while the winner was our hard-working Secretary Nuala Grogan.

Congratulations Nuala, Photographer of the Year, and congratulations to the other finalists and to all who entered.