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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


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.

POTY 2020, results.

This year’s Photographer of the Year (POTY) competition was an open theme with members submitting any three images taken over the past year. With 20 entries the competition was wide open and congratulations go to Nicholas for his win. His 3 winning photos are shown below.

Geoff placed second  in the competition and Siobhán came in third. Their photos are in the gallery below.

Continue reading POTY 2020, results.

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.

Second and third places went to Geoff and Susanne respectively. Geoff for his black and white study of a fern and Susanne for her close-up photo of a hover fly.

In his critique, Mike discussed issues relating to composition of the photographs, how to best place and frame the subject to gain the most attention and also how to achieve balance in an image. Mike also discussed the need to ensure correct colour balance and and how to make use of light and dark to guide viewer’s eye. In particular he felt that in a number of cases the subject would benefit from being lightened to lift its appearance in the frame.

Mike was able to show us how he would make these changes in Photoshop by sharing his screen during the meeting. A terrific addition to the critique. Members can view a recording of this by following this link.

Once again, many thanks to Mike for providing us with a detailed appraisal of each photo and advice on how we might improve going forward. Thanks also to John and Susanne for arranging the meeting and coordinating the competition.

The remaining entries can be seen in the gallery below.

Johnny Creedon Nature POTY 2020

In addition to his personal website linked above, Mike has two further photography interests Platform 3 Photo and a new venture Mike Brown Photo Training. Click on the links to visit the respective sites.