How quickly this gala event seems to come around, neatly placed between the BAFTAs and the Oscars, this brownish-carpet event is an evening of celebration and gaiety.
O’Donovan’s Hotel was the venue for the delicious 3-course dinner plus tea or coffee. Geoff, our chairman, hosted the evening and gave a witty and entertaining speech that not only summarised some of the club’s and members’ achievements but also how as a group we exemplify what it is to be a club – caring, sharing and sociable with a bit of photography thrown in for good measure!
The awards presented this evening included the Photographer of the Year (POTY) for 2018, Most Improved Photographer, Club Person of the Year, Most Enthusiastic Member and the Liz Doyle Memorial Award for Innovation.
Nicholas was the winner of two of these awards. Firstly the Liz Doyle Memorial Award given for his work with a camera-phone and associated software and spending a year Tweeting out a photo a day. (@coopernich). Nicholas also won the POTY award for his 3 portraits on the subject of the Seven Deadly Sins one of which can be seen below.
The runner-up in this year’s POTY was Kathleen and Geoff took third place. More details on the competition will appear in a later post.
Joe won the Club Person of the Year award, not solely for the fabulous chicken wings and garlic bread that he provides at our annual BBQ but also for his willingness to assist in organising club outings, sharing his knowledge of things photography and attending almost every meeting and excursion.
John took out the Most Enthusiastic Member award. In a similar vein to Joe, John happily shares his knowledge, sits on the committee, organises events such as the collaboration with the Psoken Wrod group and attends events such as SCAR taking photos. If only he had supplied chicken wings…….
Dermot took out the Most Improved Photographer award. A well-deserved winner. Dermot has a great eye for light, colour and tone and often takes photos from a different perspective to the more obvious one. Here is a fine example of Dermot’s work.
Congratulations to all this year’s winners and thanks to the committee and our chairman for organising a terrific evening.