Internal Club Competitions

Going forward, each year we will run a league where Members are asked to submit up to 4 entries in each of three categories, Colour Images one month and Monochrome Images and Projected Images on the alternate months.  The Projected Images Competition may have up to 4 images (colour or mono, in any mix, e.g 4 mono, or 3 colour and 1 mono, or 2 colour and 2 mono etc.) 

 This will be reviewed in January 2022 when Printed Images may be re-introduced.

Additionally only Novice Members may submit a Colour Image that has previously entered into a monthly Competition and has been converted to Monochrome, but must inform the Competition Secretary accordingly.

The Members are divided into 3 levels of expertise and experience, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.  On the third Tuesday of the month (normally) we invite an experienced judge from another club to discuss the images submitted, and award points out of 20 for each of the images.  

The points scored are added to a league and the winners each section are awarded Shields, medals and certificates at the end of the season.  The judges are carefully selected to ensure that they give constructive criticism, designed to help the Members improve their photographic and post processing skills.

How to submit images to Competitions

Here we will explain how you go about submitting images to the monthly competitions.

First, catch your chicken!!  Decide on what images you want to submit.  Then examine them for anything a judge will find fault with - crooked horizons, dust spots, bright or distracting parts of the image.  Use you post processing software to crop and clean up the image.  If in doubt, ask the Members for advice and help.  We don't bite!

Then when you have prepared the images for submission, make sure to re-size them to less than 2mb - see separate notes on how to do this in our Techniques page.

Upload them to the appropriate folder on the Club's Competition Google Drive - Members should have a link to these folders.  Make sure to name your images as below - Your Grade_Your Membership Number_Image title - for example I_8802_Heron in Flight means Internmediate Grade, my Membership Number, and the title of the image.  Try to use meaningful titles, not Image 1, Image 2, etc.

The Competition night is (normally) the third Tuesday of the month, so submission night is 1 week before that, so the second Tuesday of the month.  Note that because of the short month in December, the submission day is the first Tuesday of the month and the Competitons are on the second Tuesday.

Good Luck with your entries.

Mono Images Competition and
Projected Images Competition 10/21.

Mono Images Competition October 2021 results.

There were 63 Images from 18 authors in this Mono Images Competition.

There were 14 images in the Novice section, from 4 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – Stephens Green Shopping Centre by Andrea Acosta,

2ndplace – 19 points – Open Wide by Darren Hanlon,

3rdplace – 18 points – Rare Isolation nu Andrea Acosta.

There were 20 images in the Intermediate section, from 6 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – Floyd by Louise Skelly

2ndplace – 19 points – Gone with the Wind by Louise Skelly

3rdplace – 18 points – Shapes by Ruth McConigy.

There were 29 images in the Advanced section, from 8 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – Defeated by Paul Keegan,

2ndplace – 19 points – Maynooth by Night by Eddie Mallin,

Joint 3rdplace – 18 points – Big Bird by John Turner, and Corkagh Jetty by Liz O'Neill.

Projected Images Competition October 2021 results.

There were 62 Images from 17 authors in this Projected Images Competition.

There were 16 images in the Novice section, from 4 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – Oliver by Gabrielle McGrath

2ndplace – 19 points – Waterford Walls by Darren Hanlon

3rdplace – 18 points – Birdie by Gabrielle McGrath

There were 22 images in the Intermediate section, from 6 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – Keeping Watch by Mick Clemenger

2ndplace – 19 points – Mam by Barbara Fitzgerald

Joint 3rdplace – 18 points - Bird Man by Rod Kehoe, and Mind Your Fingers by Dominic Gaffney

There were 24 images in the Advanced section, from 7 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – My Nephew by Paul Keegan

2ndplace – 19 points – Spirits Rising by Brian McKeown

Joint 3rdplace – 18 points – Inferno by Liz O'Neill and White Umbrella by Paul Keegan

The judge was Helen Hanafin FIPF, eFIAP Gold from Dublin Camera Club.

The next Competition will be Colour Images and will be held on November 16thwith the hand in a week earlier on 9thNovember. Watch the website and Facebook page for updates.

The winning Images to follow shortly.

Mono Images Competition 10/21. 

The winning First, Second and Third placed images are below.

Colour Competition 09/21.

Here are the results of the Colour Images Competition held on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

There were 68 images in total from 18 photographers.

The competition was judged by Clodagh Tumilty, AIPF, from Dundalk Photographic Society.

Clodagh, and her husband Brendan, joined Dundalk Photographic Society in 2009, and were initially a bit overwhelmed by the high standards of the Society, and frightened by all the jargon associated with photography. However, they persevered and learned about the various aspects of photography, and Clodagh gained her LIPF distinction in 2011, and her AIPF in 2014. She is now working on images for a FIPF submission.

It's worth noting that the IPF are holding a Distinctions sitting by Zoom this coming Saturday 25 September. You need to formally apply via their website to join this session. Here's the link -https://irishphoto.ie/sept-2021-distinction-audience-attendance/

Clodagh made the point that it takes bravery, for Novices especially, to present their work for judging by a more experienced external judge but that in 99.9% of the cases, the judges comments are meant to be constructive and helpful. You should always shoot in RAW which preserves all the image information, and take an active part ion your Club's or Society's meetings, classes, outings etc. Dominic has already distributed the score sheets to the Club's WhatsApp members with scores and judges comments.

Novice Section – there were 20 images from 5 photographers.

1st Place – 20 points – “Five More Minutes” by Darren Hanlon,

2nd Place – 19 points – “Feathers” by Darren Hanlon,

3rd Place – 18 points – “Artist” by Gay McGrath.

Intermediate Section – there were 26 images from 7 photographers.

1st Place – 20 points – “Barn Owl” by Mick Clemenger,

2nd Place – 19 points – “The Last of the Summer Sunshine” by Mick Clemenger,

3rd Place – 18 points – “Gannet in Flight” by Louise Skelly.

Advanced Section – there were 22 images from 6 photographers

1st Place – 20 points – “Cinnabar on Ragworth” by Brian McKeown,

2nd Place – 19 points – “On the Edge” by Brian McKeown.

3rd Place – 18 points – 3 mages shared third place – “Damsel Fly” by Gillian Delahunty, “Into the Blues” by Brian McKeown and “Bee” by John Turner. Well done Brian on a First, Second and Third placing in this Competition.

Congratulations to all those who entered the Competition and especially the winners.

Next Month we will have the Monochrome Images Competition. Hand in is on 12 October and the Competition will be on 19 October.

April 2021 Colour Results

CCC April 2021 Colour Competition.

Here are the results of the Colour Images Competition held on Tuesday 13 April 2021.

There were 60 images in total from 16 photographers.

The competition was judged by Julie Corcoran, AIPF, AFIAP from Boyne Valley Photographic Club.

Novice Section – there were 22 images from 6 photographers.

1st Place – 20 points – “Yellow and Green” by Ruth McConingly,

2nd Place – 19 points – “i-Phone Witnesses” by Andrew Hennessy-Behan,

3rd Place – 18 points – “Early Morning Calm” by Ruth McConingly.

Intermediate Section – there were 15 images from 4 photographers.

1st Place – 20 points – “Boffin Bliss” by Louise Skelly.

2nd Place – 19 points – 2 images shared second place – “Robin” by Brendan Kneafsey, and

Blissfully Floating” by Louise Skelly.

3rd Place – 18 points – 2 mages shared third place - “Mothers Day Flowers” and “Passing Spring”, both by Dominic Gaffney.

Advanced Section – there were 23 images from 6 photographers

1st Place – 20 points – “Tulip” by Nora Sleator,

2nd Place – 19 points – 2 images shared second place – “Nowhere to go” by Pat Kehoe, and “Smiling” by Paul Keegan.

3rd Place – 18 points – 2 mages shared third place – “Clockwork Oranges” by Liz O'Neill and “Millie” by Paul Keegan.

Congratulations to all winners.  Images to follow.

This was the last of the monthly competitions for the league for the 2020/21 season.

The next league will start after the summer recess in September 2021.


March 2021 Projected Images Competition.

Results for March 2021 Projected Images Competition. (All images were colour images).

There were 46 images from 13 authors in this competition broken down as follows:
Novice Section - 14 images from 4 authors,
1stplace – 20 points – 'Balloons' by Ruth McConigly,
2ndplace joint winners – 19 points – 'Sand Patterns' by Gay McGrath and
'Flower Basket' by Andrew Hennessy Behan,
3rdplace – 18 points – 'Anxiety' by Andrew Hennessy Behan.

Intermediate Section – 14 images from 4 authors,
1stplace – 20 points – 'Blue tit on Mahonia' by Brendan Kneafsey,
2ndplace – 19 points – 'Abstract Urban Lights' by Louise Skelly,
3rdplace joint winners – 18 points – 'Fruit Bowl' by Brendan Kneafsey,
and 'Abstract Rose Petal' by Mick Clemenger.

Advanced section – 18 images from 5 authors.
1stplace – 20 points – 'Mr. Robin' by Liz O'Neill,
2ndplace – 19 points – 'The Collectors' by Pat Kehoe,
3rdplace – 18 points – 'Spring Evening at Grange Castle' by Liz O'Neill.

The Competitions were judged by Bob Morrison FIPF, ARPS from Mullingar Camera Club.

Images to follow.


March 2021 Mono Images

March 2021 Mono Images Competition

There were 48 images from 15 authors in this competition broken down as follows:
Novice Section - 16 images from 5 authors,
1stPlace Joint Winners – 20 points – 'Deep in Love' by Caroline Long, and
'Out for a Run' by Gabrielle McGrath,
2ndplace – 19 points – 'So Cold' by Rod Kehoe
3rdplace – 18 points – 'Morning Solace' by Rod Kehoe.

Intermediate Section – 11 images from 4 authors,
1stplace – 20 points – 'Looking for Angles' by Dominic Gaffney,
2ndplace – 19 points – 'Mother and Child' by Dominic Gaffney.,
3rdplace – 18 points – 'Covid Scabious Seedhead' by Brendan Kneafsey.

Advanced section – 21 images from 6 authors.
1stplace – 20 points – 'The Anti Mask Protestor' by Liz O'Neill,
2ndplace – 19 points – 'Adolphe's Amazing Musical Machine' by Liz O'Neill,
3rdplace – 18 points – 'Killiney' by Eddie Mallin.

The Competitions were judged by Bob Morrison FIPF, ARPS from Mullingar Camera Club.

Images to follow.


Feb 2021 Colour

Feb 2021 Colour – text

February 2021 Colour Images Competition Tuesday 16 February 2021.
This Competition was judged by Graham Cashell from Greystones and the results are as follows:

Novice Section - there were 19 images from5  authors in this section.
1st place – 20 points – Fury by Andrew Hennessy Behan,
2nd place – 19 points – Chill Time by Ruth McConigly,
3rd place – 18 points – Autumn Bloom by Rod Kehoe.

Intermediate Section -  there were 16 images from 4 authors in this section.
1st place – 20 points – Watch the Birdie by Dominic Gaffney,
2nd place – 19 points – Dublin Quays by Night by Louise Skelly,
3rd place – 18 points – Swan by Dominic Gaffney.

Advanced Section =  there were 29 images from 8 authors in this section.
1st place – 20 points – Winter Worn Trees by Brian McKeown,
2nd place – 19 points – Litterbug by Liz O'Neill,
3rd place – 18 points – Ice Eye by Paul Keegan.

Judge Graham Cashell told us he scored the 20 points as follow - 4 points each for each of the following -
Technical details, Composition, Content, Impact - the WOW factor - and Preference - the judge's choice.
Graham's subjects include Landscapes, Portraiture and Art Nude.  His work can been seen on his website - here's the link - https://www.grahamcashell.com

Images to follow.


Jan 2021 Projected

Jan 2021 Projected 

Results for January 2021 Projected Images Competition. (All images were colour images).

There were 53 images from 14 authors in this competition broken down as follows:

Novice Section - 8 images from 2 authors,

1stplace – 20 points – 'Tarsier of PHP' by Rod Kehoe,

2ndplace – 19 points – 'Between the trees' by Ruth McConigly,

3rdplace – 18 points – 'It's cold out there' by Ruth McConigly.

Intermediate Section – 20 images from 5 authors,

1stplace – 20 points – 'Blue to Blue' by Brendan Kneafsey,

2ndplace – 19 points – 'Reflections on Santa' by Brendan Kneafsey,

3rdplace – 18 points – 'Covid Ivy' by Brendan Kneafsey.

Advanced section – 25 images from 7 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – 'Robin' by Suzana Radic,

2ndplace – 19 points – 'Constable comes to Kildare' by Liz O'Neill,

3rdplace – 18 points – 'Anna' by Paul Keegan.

Combined there were 106 images from 17 different authors, 12 of whom entered both competitions.

The Competitions were judged by Joe Doyle EFIAP from Malahide Camera Club.

Images to follow.

Jan 2021 Mono

Jan 2021 Mono – text

Results for January 2021 Mono Images Competition.

There were 53 images from 16 authors in this competition broken down as follows:

Novice Section - 14 images from 4 authors,

1stPlace – 20 points – 'What lies behind the door?' by Caroline Long,

2ndplace – 19 points – 'Gabrielle” by Caroline Long,

3rdplace – 18 points – 'Escape from darkness' by Rod Kehoe.

Intermediate Section – 13 images from 4 authors,

1stplace – 20 points – 'Bridge over smooth waters' by Mick Clemenger,

2ndplace – 19 points – 'Old ruin in forest' by Mick Clemenger,

3rdplace – 18 points – 'City Skyline' by Dominic Gaffney.

Advanced section – 26 images from 8 authors.

1stplace – 20 points – 'Google' by Pat Kehoe,

2ndplace – 19 points – 'Brigid's day' by Eddie Mallin,

3rdplace – 18 points – 'Extinction Rebellion' and 'Olympic Medal' shared 3rd place, 

both images by Eddie Mallin.

Images to follow.