Local camera club is best in Ireland
DROGHEDA Photographic Club were the big winners in The All Ireland Club Pho to g r aph y Championships held in Athlone, scooping the overall award to be crowned All Ireland Photographic champions 2010.
The standard of national club photography gets better every year and it is great testimony to the local snappers that they continue to win this prestigious award.
The Drogheda club were represented in true style by Ruth Kelly, John Butler, Eric O' O'Neill, Des Clinton, Fiona Connell, Adrian Parkinson, Dick Walsh, Joe Curtis, Colin Bell, Gerry Fitzgerald and Judy Boyle.
Individual awards for top images were awarded to John Butler and Des Clinton.
To add to the Drogheda success last weekend, Vincent Doyle was awarded his licentiate distinction for his lovely panel of flower images.
Over 20 of the top photography clubs in Ireland took part with each having to submit panels of colour and monochrome images of members work for assessment.
The event was held over two days and with international judges from Italy and San Marino assessing the images.
The monochrome photographs were judged on the Saturday and four clubs Tallaght, Celbridge, Drogheda and Dublin topped the table with less than 20 marks out of 1000 separating the club. All now hinged on the colour panels on the Sunday and with all the Drogheda photos consistently getting very favourable comments and very high marks from the assessors, the club scored over 80 marks higher than any of its top rivals and ended up clear winners of the event.
The award-winning Drogheda colour panel can be viewed at the Drogheda Barbican Centre for the next three weeks as part of the Fringe Arts Festival.
To complete a magnificent weekend for the Drogheda club, four of the Drogheda winning monochrome panel images belonging to John Butler, Des Clinton, Judy Boyle and Adrian Parkinson were picked to represent Ireland at the World Pho to g r aph y Mon o ch r om e International to be held next month in Vietnam.