Camera club gala night drew huge numbers
THE Fermoy Camera Club members must be hugely satisfied with the very large turn out of people from the town as well as from all the outlying districts to view their work of the past year, with each club member putting his/her best work on display at the Grand Hotel on last Friday night,
The display was very well worth a visit - every picture on display was a real beauty.
With the river so much a part of the Fermoy scene it is only natural that the river featured in so many photographs, but still many of the members took off to lonely woods and places of peace and quietness to maybe spend several hours in complete stillness in order to capture that one shot in a million which makes the difference for the taker and of course for the viewers afterwards.
We saw many varied shots of nature in its many facets on view, as were some new views of old beauty spots. We saw some sporting action on the hurling fields of Cork etc, and one local man was spotted doing his usual early morning Barnane walk, (now we believe him).
Running adjacent with the camera club show, the local branch of Cope Foundation displayed photographs by their own members and this also attracted the attention of the huge attendance.
Again the standard of the shots on display here was top class, so much so that by the end of the evening many of their special shots were all bought up by visitors.
Entertainment was also provided by the Castlelyons Gospel Choir and the Fermoy Concert Band Quartet, and refreshments in the form of finger food was also readily available during the display.
Early visitors to the show were treated to a cheese and wine reception and later on one of the special guests for the evening, Mr Maurice Gubbins, who is the well known editor of the Evening Echo, announced his verdict after judging all the pictures on view.
Maurice picked one which may never again be produced and that was one submitted by Kilworth man Michael Walsh which showed the River Blackwater under ice and taken during the very bad spell of weather about two years ago.
His choice was loudly acclaimed by all present
Michael Walsh's overall prize was the only one presented on the night; the club will decide in the near future on the results of their own club competitions and will announce them in due course.
Overall it was a great night out for all. It was a great advertisement for the camera club, who are sure to be gaining some more new members.