Sunday 20 January 2019

Fermoy Camera Club members spring into action

Ger Dorgan’s winning image of her niece, Erika Dorgan
Ger Dorgan’s winning image of her niece, Erika Dorgan
George O’Keeffe’s stunning image of an Orange-tip Butterfly

Bill Browne

After a long and hard winter, spring finally sprang, with members of the Fermoy Camera Club taking full advantage of the improving weather to put their stamp on the club's latest competition.

Simply entitled 'Signs of Spring', the competition set members the challenge of taking images that captured the essence of the season.

More than 30 members entered the competition, with members of the Mallow Camera Club tasked with casting their eyes over each of the photographs before selecting the best. 

First overall and Grade One winner was Ger Dorgan for her uplifting photo of her niece. The photo was taken at Ballyhannon Woods near Midleton, with Majella O'Neill's close-up of a caterpillar in second place and the Grade Three winner.

George O'Keeffe took third place with his close-up of an Orange-tip Butterfly. It was taken at Knockananig Reservoir.

Helen Arnold's landscape shot of purple lupins taken in New Zealand was fourth overall and the Grade Two winner. Club PRO Helen Arnold thanked Neilly Curtin, Pat O'Meara, Neil O'Mullane and Jim McSweeney from the Mallow club for judging the competition. 

"They put in a lot of hard work and their excellent critiques, which are really valuable to members and give an understanding of how others view their photos," she said. 

The theme of the Fermoy club's next printed competition will be 'Land Or Sea, Up To Me', with digital copies of images to be sent to the competition secretary by Friday, June 22. 

"New members are always welcome, so come along to our fortnightly meetings at the Community Centre in Fermoy, meet our members and find out how to become part of this vibrant club," said Helen.

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