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.