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Event Date Venue
IPF AV Championship October 21st & 22nd 2017 Áras Chrónáin, Clondalkin, Dublin
IPF Distinction Sitting November 25th 2017 LIT Thurles, Tipperary
IPF National Shield November 26th 2017 Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
IPF NPOTY Final February 17th 2018 Talbot Hotel, Carlow
IPF POTY Final February 18th 2018 Talbot Hotel, Carlow
IPF Distinction Sitting March 24th 2018 Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
IPF Distinction Sitting May 19th 2018 Mullingar Arts Centre, Westmeath
IPF Club Championships May 19th & 20th 2018 County Buildings, Mullingar, Westmeath

In criticizing images there are two elements that affect the photographer’s work, 1 the score and 2 the comment.  I would hope that while the comment aims to give a fair and realistic portrayal of my impression of the image in an instructive and supportive fashion, the score is definitive in terms of the overall placing of the quality of the image within the club’s total submission.  Generally I feel giving very low marks does little to raise the buoyancy of the photographer’s enthusiasm; it must be measured against the spread of quality and experience within the membership of the club.  I would hope that photographers would be astute enough in their own judgement while composing, selection of settings on camera and post processing work to act as judges of their own images, and that it would to a large extent reflect their personal judgement.  12 points I feel would be considered a base line score, and one that would separate the acceptable from the unacceptable.  12 would be awarded to an image that has no significant technical flaws, but likewise has no significant strengths.

10 would be a 12 if not for a significant flaw.  The flaw might be for example, over or under exposure by 1 stop, or a subject that might be out of focus when it needed to be in focus.

14 is a good solid image.  An image towards which every member should be striving as a minimum, such an image is technically correct and more.  It exhibits at least one element towards which photographers who are working at polishing their craft would be aiming.  Examples are showing knowledge of the importance of a choice of subject, of good lighting, of dramatic composition, of handling DOF.  If there are flaws they are minor.

16, this is a strong image.  Technically correct and much more.  The elements must work together; the flaws if they exist are difficult to see.  And in general do not impact visually.  If rules are broken they are broken for impact.  Examples are images taken in difficult exposure situations.  Effective use of selective focusing and DOF, as well as other advanced photographic techniques.  The images exhibit SEVERAL elements towards which those who are working at polishing their craft should strive.  The difference between 14 and 16 is how strong the image is.

18 is an exceptionally strong image;  i.e., true photographic excellence, maybe not totally perfect, but very strong.  It is technically correct and much more.  The elements of the image must work together to form a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts.  There should not be any obvious flaws.  18 scoring images can break rules for impact.  Difficult exposure is overcome; effective use of selective focusing and DOF as well as other advanced photographic techniques are common in such images.  The image exhibits many elements towards which those working at polishing their craft should be striving.

20, for all of the above, but used to separate those who exhibit that something else that makes the  particular image unique.

Congratulations to JJ Rattigan on winning the Clubs Photographer of the year competition tonight. (great images over the year) Also well done on all he Members who sent images over the year to be judged. I look forward to next years competitions.   

First of all I would like to thank all members that took part in the league over the past seven months.

It has been a great competition with some great photos on show 


The results are in and with only ten points between 5th and 1st

Liam Beatte 5th          124 Points.

Michael Russell 4th     126 Points.

Joe Rattigan  3rd         132 Points.

Maria Martin 2nd         133 Points.

Michael Blade 1st        134 Points.

Congratlations  Michael you are our League winner for 2015-16 Season. 

See results below 














please remember this Wednesday we need images for the Club Shield. 8 images in digital format to be submitted within a folder with your membership number as the folder name. Each file should have a unique name

e.g. My folder is 03-019

       My images are; "Lake View", "The Road Ahead", etc.

Best of Luck and may the best member win!

Mike the Secretary

Contact Sheet For SACC interclub compettition 13-03-2016 web

DLP_4620 web

This is our panel we put forward to the sacc interclub competition in cork's old water works building on lee road

Although we did not do well in the competition over all. It was great to see all the clubs photographs that were on show and hear all the judges’ comments on each panel.  All members that had photos in the panel and had comments made toward there photos have been given there comments. I think members should attend these competitions to see how the competition is run and see the quality of all the work on show.

Going forward:

For our club to do well we need to be entering all three competition (Colour Print Monochrome Print, and projected Images as it’s an overall score that decides the winners.

We have another competition coming up in May and we would like to enter Colour  Monochrome Print panels so please add your photos to the competition folder. 

David lawlor