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Clonakilty Camera Club welcomes new members throughout the year.

Spring competition

A message from Susanne, our competition secretary;
“The times we’re living in are hard and stressful, and at least I try to cherish every moment that brings some calm, joy and serenity. 
To me, such moments can be when I learn something new on the guitar, when I go for a walk in good weather and feel the smell of the Irish nature that is alive although it’s January, sip an extra good whiskey or when I suddenly on an otherwise cold January day feel that the sun warms my face. Now more than ever, the little things in life are important and that little moment of joy they give can brighten up our day.”


Patricia R
What kind of moments give YOU joy and serenity? Seek out the good moments this spring. Capture one of them in a photograph. Or, if you don’t want to run for the camera when you’re in that moment, photograph an object or place that represents it.
We will be discussing these images on the 28th of April on Zoom. 
– 1 photograph per person and in .jpg format
– Editing software may be used to adjust the image to your liking
– Deadline 11th of April 2021

Spring and summer challenge

Spring and summer challenge


  • Choose a plant in your garden (or near you if you don’t have a garden). You will follow the development of this plant over the spring and summer until autumn. It can be a bulb, a shrub, a tree, a wildflower.. – anything that changes over the year.
  • Create a photo of this plant once a week – or as soon as you see a new development. Make it a challenge to capture the beauty of spring.
  • Choose a few photos that are your favourites and that best represent the development of your plant. Send these photos to me not later than the 3rd of May. On the following Wednesday we will share our photos in a Zoom meeting.
  • After this meeting, continue to follow and photograph your plant over the summer. Try to capture the most beautiful moments from different angles, and your plant’s development until autumn. In early autumn we’ll share our second set of photos in a Zoom meeting. I don’t have a date yet for this meeting.
First deadline – 3rd of May.

Johnny Creedon Nature Photographer of the Year, 2020.

The judging for this year’s competition was a little different to previous years in that Mike Brown appeared virtually rather than in person. Yes, yet another Zoom meeting. However the critique and commentary by Mike was exceptional and much appreciated by all.

First up, congratulations to Patricia R for her winning photo of a rook on the sea wall in Rosscarbery. The detail and colour in the bird’s plumage has been captured skillfully and Patricia’s use of depth of field gives us a tantalising glimpse of the gull in the background. Excellent.

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Seven Ages of Man

Our Summer Challenge for the past couple of months has to been to complete a photographic essay/interpretation of the Seven Ages of Man which appears in William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, Act II scene vii.

You can see the entire speech at the end of this post. To summarise, the seven ages are

  1. The infant
  2. The whining school-boy/girl
  3. The lover
  4. The Soldier
  5. The Justice
  6. The lean and slipper’d pantaloon
  7. Second childishness

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