Friday 19 July 2019

Making magic with the lens

Mallow Camera Club Photographer of the Year

Bill Browne

Although well used to creating magic through the lens, members of the Mallow Camera Club surpassed their usual exceptionally high standards for their 2019 Photographer of the Year competition.

For the competition, entrants submitted four mono and four colour prints presented as a single panel and scored across four grades, with grade four being the most advanced. 

Each panel was reviewed by a three-strong panel of highly experienced judges: Judy Boyle (FIPF FRPS EFIAP/Gold), Pauric McGroder (FIPF ARPS AIPPA) and Brian Hopper (FIPF ARPs EFIAP/d1).

Club PRO Neil O'Mullane thanked the judges for taking the time to score each of the 23 entries and for providing valuable and constructive feedback on the individuals' images and panels.

"It was hugely appreciated by all of the entrants to have such quality feedback from these highly qualified and respected photographers," said Neil.

"The standard of entries was, as usual, very high something that was reflected in some of the comments made by the judges, who variously described some of the winning panels as 'superb', 'stunning' and 'perfect'," he added. 

The winning photographers were presented with their awards during a ceremony held in the Mallow GAA Complex. 

The Overall Photographer of the Year 2019 was awarded to Janusz Trzesicki LIPF, who also took home awards for Grade 4 Best Overall Colour Panel and the Best Colour Panel, Photograph of the Year, 1st Place Colour Panel and 2nd Place Mono Panel.  

"This is the third year in a row that Janusz has won the Overall Photographer of the Year incredible achievement, especially when one considers the very high level of talent in the club. Congratulations Janusz and well deserved," said Neil. 

"Congratulations to all the winners and better luck next time to all the other entrants." Neil thanked all of the club members who helped organise the competition. 

"Our competitions are such an important aspect of what the club has to offer members in terms of stretching their photography from outside of their normal comfort zones and at the same time encouraging members to build up their own portfolios. Our competitions team for the past three years, Viv Buckley, Competitions Secretary, and Lisa Egan, Assistant Secretary, have brought a fantastic contribution to the development of the club," he said. 

The club meets  each Monday from September through the following May at the Mercy Centre in Mallow and new members are always welcome. For more information on the club, please see their website or Facebook page, or message them on Facebook.