Members of the Portlaoise Camera Club took home the plaudits at the recent national photography competition, with gold medals aplenty in recognition of the artistry contained within the frames of their snaps.
The club hosted the midwest regional finals of the IPF (Irish Photography Federation) competition, which took place in the Maldron Hotel on January 23, with club members winning five gold medals, one bronze and two honorary mentions.
Club member Ciara Drennan took the title of overall IPF midwest regional winner with her ‘Tears are Coming’ image, garnering a top score of 27 points.
Other winners of the club were Emmnuelle Galisson, gold medal; Michael Carroll, gold medal; Pat Guilfoyle, gold medal and honorary mentions; Terry Conroy gold and bronze medals; and Seamus Rowan, gold medal.
Pat Guilfoyle only joined Portlaoise Camera Club in the last two years after doing the club's yearly photography beginners course.
Pat went on to receive two honorary mentions in the finals of the IPF Photographer of the year and Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2015/2016 that took place on Sunday February 21 at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.
This was an amazing achievement for Pat and for the club.
Portlaoise Camera Club is now only five years old. The club meets every Wednesday night in the Portlaoise Parish Centre from 8-10pm for the months of September to June.
They welcome all new members and like-minded individuals any time to their vibrant and active society.