Thursday 20 June 2019

Making magic with the lens

Fermoy Camera Club's images come in all shapes and sizes

Photo: George O’Keeffe
Photo: George O’Keeffe
Monthly winners Michael Walsh, George O’Keeffe, Lizadra Paludetti, and Helen Arnold

Bill Browne

Members of Fermoy Camera Club took the opportunity to let their creative juices flow, producing a stunning collection of images for their monthly May competition.

The theme of the competition, 'Shapes and Curves', gave members licence to experiment with their cameras and take a trawl through their collections, giving the guest judging panel from the Dundalk Photography Society the difficult task of choosing the winners from the large number of entries.

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"The competition threw up a wonderful mix of colourful images in all shapes and sizes and we would like to thank the judging panel for the detailed critique they gave each of the photographs. We all learned something from their welcome insight," said club PRO Helen Arnold.

After much deliberation the panel selected George O'Keeffe's photograph of a ladybird climbing a fern as the joint grade one and overall winning image.

Michael Walsh's stunning image of a snow covered Glenseskin Wood near Kilworth came second overall ahead of Sinead Hickey's colourful photo of a proud peacock.

The grade two prize went to Helen Arnold who captured a colourful snapshot of street art during a trip to Franschhoek in South Africa, with new member Lizandra Paludetti winning the grade three category with he skyscraper study.

The theme of the next competition is 'Action', with entries to be emailed before Friday, June 21.

The club's next meeting will take place next Tuesday, where, amongst other things, Kate Murphy will be showing some projected and printed images from her recent world-wide travels.

A busy few weeks have seen members take part in field trips, with plenty more planned for the summer months.

"In the autumn we will be running a special poetry themed competition, inviting members to pick a line or verse from a favourite poem and match it up with an image they have captured. It will be fascinating to see how people get on," said Helen.

"In the meantime new members are always welcome, so come along to one of 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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