The Maureen Dunne Natural World Competition.
This annual competition is held in memory of our former member Sr. Maureen Dunne, who was a keen nature and landscape photographer, and who passed away suddenly in July 1998. Her family kindly donated a cup to be presented to the winner of this annual competition. The theme, 'Natural World', can include animals, flora and fauna. It may also include man-made elements in a minor way, but the image should be in essence depicting the world of nature. More details about the Competition can be found below.
Judging: Entries are judged by an external judge in the three sections, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.
There will be a winner in each section and the trophy will be awarded to the best overall image submitted.
Former winners are asked to send us copies of their winning entries for the Club’s archives and website.
This year (2021) all our entries were online (because of COVID-19 restrictions), and the competition was judged by Kenny Goodison from Wexford Camera Club. Kenny specialises in nature and landscape photography and so he was well placed to give very constructive comments on the images entered this year.
There were a total of 53 images from 17 photographers this year, broken down as follows:-
Novice Section - 12 images from 5 photographers.
1st place – 20 points – 'Wings of Howth' by Rod Kehoe,
2nd place – 19 points – 'Fury' by Andrew Hennessy Behan,
3rd place – 18 points – 2 images shared 3rd place – 'Royal Hospital Gardens' by Rod Kehoe and
'Keeping Watch' by Ruth McConigly.
Intermediate Section – 20 images from 5 photographers.
1st place – 20 points – 'Grumpy' by Mick Clemenger,
2nd place – 19 points – 'Morning Dew' by Dominic Gaffney,
3rd place – 18 points – 2 images shared 3rdplace – 'Catching some sun' by Louise Skelly
and 'Night Fox' by Brendan Kneafsey.
Advanced Section – 21 images from 7 photographers.
1st place – 20 points – 'Singing in the Rain' by Suzana Radic,
2nd place – 19 points – 'Constable comes to Kildare' by Liz O'Neill,
3rdplace – 18 points – 2 images shared 3rd place – 'Heron Reflection' by Gillian Delahunty
and 'Hellebore' by Nora Sleator.
The overall winner was chosen from the winners of each of the categories and it was 'Singing in the Rain' by Suzana Radic, a lovely image of a male Reed Bunting captured in our local Corkagh Park.
Congratulations to Suzana and to all who entered this annual competition.
Images to follow shortly on the website.