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POTY 2022 – Summer competition

We were delighted to welcome Niamh Whitty as the judge for our POTY Summer Competition.  There was a healthy level of submissions, including entries from some of our newest members.  

The focus of the competition was to create three images for a book cover.  A wide variety of titles was given, ranging from the imaginative ‘Midnight in the garden of good and evil’ to more traditional options such as ‘The Bee garden’ and ‘The Wild Garden’.  It was interesting to see what a wide range of titles were selected and fascinating to see the variety of images used to illustrate a single title. 

Niamh talked us through the photographs, giving detailed and instructive feedback.  Niamh’s observations on the images were invariably constructive and complemented by general advice on ways to make images work harder.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening spent looking at a great selection of member photographs.

Congratulations to our winner, Patricia Ronan.

2nd place, Eamonn McCarthy

3rd, Geoff Greenham

The 660 Challenge

Competitions are fantastic for focusing the mind and for encouraging us to produce our best work.  But it’s also good to have challenges beyond competitions.  

When you look up photography challenges, they tend to range from the intensity of 30 photos in 30 days to 12 in 12 months.  We thought we could reduce it a little more; hence the idea of one photo in 60 days (roughly!) and six across the year. 

One of the ways we can use these images is in our ‘Critique and Chat’ evenings, the first of which is scheduled for the 22nd February.  Using that as our deadline, we have four months to produce two images each that we are pleased with.  In this way, over the next year we can expect to increase our bank of photographs for exhibitions, competitions and club sessions.

Fundraising Photographic Exhibition

It was wonderful to see you all at the return of our annual exhibition after two years online.  The Opening Night took place in the Round Tower in the Celtic Ross Hotel which offered their kind support of the evening once again. 

Fundraising Photographic Exhibition 2022

The exhibition was opened by Caroline Murphy, owner of West Cork Eggs, who spoke compellingly about the importance of the Irish Community Rapid Response©, our chosen charity for this event.  This was highlighted by the real-life experiences shared by, and on behalf of, those who had directly benefited from their services.  We heard how a young girl in her early twenties had suffered a heart attack sitting in the garden of her family home and was revived a number of times before being taken to CUH at incredible speed.  Another told how a day out with a group of lads sightseeing on the coast turned into a serious incident when one fell down the cliff and lay, badly injured and unable to move, in a spot where normal manoeuvres were impossible.  The final experience was shared by one of our members whose 8-week-old grandniece was found unresponsive in her crib by her mother. The actions of the ICCR meant the baby arrived at CUH twenty minutes after the initial call and is now a happy 18-month-old running about and giving joy.

The exhibition continues in the Celtic Ross with all works produced by members of the Clonakilty Camera Club.  Photographs are mounted and have a plain, black 20×16″ frame.  You’ll find an attractive range of styles and a wide variety of subjects, many of them local.  Photographs are for sale at a cost of €75, of which a minimum of €50 goes to the Irish Community Rapid Response©.  The sale of one photograph can purchase a stethoscope or breathing and airway equipment for two children.   

Fundraising Photographic Exhibition 2022

A number of photographs were bought on the opening night but there is still plenty there for you to enjoy.  When you’re next visiting the Celtic Ross, call in to look at our photographs and, if one takes your fancy, talk to Reception who will be happy to arrange the sale for you.  

Find more information about the Community Air Ambulance at:

Rosscarbery Surf Turf n Tar 2022

On the 14th of May, The Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar race in Rosscarbery was back, after 2 years of cancellations because of Covid-19.

Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar is a multi-terrain race, running on roads, beaches, forests and trails. For participants, there are two distances to choose from, 10K or half marathon. This year’s race was the fourth. 209 runners finished the half marathon, while 408 runners finished the 10K race.

A few camera club members were there to photograph the event. You’ll see some of the photos in the gallery below. Click on the first image to open each gallery and you can see the photos in a larger format.

John Hughes

Patricia Ronan

Dave Sheehan

POTY 2022 – Spring competition

The format of the Photographer of the year competition has been modified for 2022, to consist of four different seasonal competitions, all with different themes. The spring competition took place in early April and had the theme “Celebrate the West Cork coast”.

18 members participated in the competition, which was judged by Charlie Lee.

Below are the top 3 entries:

Winner – Nicholas Cooper

2nd place – Kathleen Hayes

3rd place – Patricia Ronan


A warm evening on the Long Strand

A dozen of us gathered on the Long Strand on Wednesday the 4th of May.  It was a beautiful evening with sunny spells, a light wind and sand warm enough for bare feet.  The tide was on its way in with lots of movement around the rocks to create interest.    

Apart from a couple of fishermen positioned a little further up the beach it was pretty quiet.  Later in the evening, a couple of tourists approached to ask “Why are you all taking photographs of the ocean!” Later, a cheery group with a dog passed by laughing and asking whether we wanted them to pose on the rocks.

Though the sunset was less impactful than we had hoped, there were ample subjects to focus on and we all left with loads of images after a happy evening spent catching up and chatting.  A selection of these is below. Click on the images to open the gallery and see them in a larger format.