Thursday 20 June 2019

Fermoy Camera Club's members search the globe to get that perfect image

The National Convention Centre in Dublin, taken by Tom Quish
The National Convention Centre in Dublin, taken by Tom Quish
The Bordeaux Wine Museum, taken by Kay English

Bill Browne

Members of the Fermoy Camera Club have travelled far and wide for their latest challenge - capturing stunning images of iconic buildings from across the globe. 

Competition judges from the Blarney Camera Club were charged with the task of judging nearly 30 entries for the August 'Architecture of the World' competition - with images from Singapore, the US, Germany, France, Italy and, of course, Ireland in the mix. 

Despite the global theme of the challenge, it was Tom Quish's moody image of the National Convention Centre in Dublin that impressed judges the most, scooping the Grade One and overall winner prizes. 

Conor McCarthy won the second overall prize with his evocative image of the Hohenzollern Bridge and world-famous cathedral in Cologne, and Kay English won third overall for her stunning picture of Bordeaux's wine museum. 

The grade two prize went to Donagh Cronin for his picture of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, with Mary Thornhill the grade three winner with her dizzying image of the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan. 

Entries are now being accepted for the club's September competition, entitled 'Perfect Timing', and the final date for electronic copies of printed images is Friday, September 21. 

"Members are reminded to pay particular attention to theme, as this is a very important criteria in judging," said club PRO Helen Arnold. 

"Our 'Four Days of Summer' challenge will be judged on Tuesday, September 11, so get your best four seasonal pics together and give it a go," she added. 

Helen said it has been a very good summer for club members, with organised trips to locations around the country, including Spike Island, Holycross, the Rock of Cashel and Araglin Animal Centre. 

Next up will be the big trip abroad to Nerja in Spain in mid-October. 

"Huge thanks to Monica O'Brien and her team for all the work they put into planning the club outings, and to Helen Coughlan, who coordinates our Weekend Wanders. These trips and outings are a great way to get experience of taking photos in new locations and picking up tips and tricks from other members," said Helen.

"A new WhatsApp info board has been set up to facilitate the sharing of images and information about previous and planned outings. A number of our members are preparing for their Licentiateship distinction with the Irish Photography Federation (LIPF), and we wish them all the best," she added. 

The club is always open to new members, with people invited to come to the fortnightly meetings at the Community Centre in Fermoy.  

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