Fermoy snappers have that special human touch
The human side of amateur photography was very much to the fore for members of Fermoy Camera Club who were tasked with capturing the perfect portrait for the club's March monthly competition.
Human Portraiture in mono print was the focus of the challenge, with almost 40 club members entering a selection of stunning and inventive images.
The standard was, as usual, exceptionally high giving the judging panel of Karen Fleming, Basil O'Sullivan, Carmel Finnegan and Thomas Walsh the tough task of having to select the winning entries.
After much deliberation Karen's image of a child in a thoughtful pose scooped both the grade one and overall top prizes, with Tom Quish winning second overall, Terence Rumley winning third overall and grade two and Sheena Hanrahan winning grade three.
This month members have been given the opportunity to test their camera skills and imaginations in the aptly entitle 'Wow' competition.
"We will be looking for those extra special photos with that wow factor that instantly make people sit up and take notice of them," said club PRO Helen Arnold.
Entries for the competition will be accepted up until Friday, April 20. As part of its ongoing education programme for members the club recently held a skills enhancement evening.
"Members brought along their computers and there was a general sharing of knowledge," said Helen. "We all learned something or had processes demystified. The expressions 'photoshop', camera raw' and 'noise reduction' don't seem as daunting now," she added.
The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 24 at 8pm at the Fermoy Community Youth Centre on Ashe Quay, with new members welcome.
For more information about the club and its activities visit www.fermoycameraclub.ie or the club's dedicated Facebook page.