PORTLAOISE Camera Club will launch an exhibition of their members work this weekend. The launch will take place at 8pm on Friday November 23 in Portlaoise Parish Centre.
This will be the club’s third exhibition in their short existence and the group are very happy with the progression of their work during that period. The exhibition will be launched by journalist John Drennan and will include a wide variety of work including portraits, landscapes and table top from both home and away.
The club were involved in a national competition last weekend in Ballyfermot Community Centre. The National Shield, won by Malahide Camera Club, is organised by the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF).
This was the club’s second year in entering the competition and showed a marked improvement on last year. In particular their mono panel did very well. A large number of members travelled on the day and learnt a lot from the experience.
As well as their upcoming exhibition, Portlaoise Camera Club will be hosting (in association with the IPF Mid-West Region) the regional qualifying rounds for the IPF National Print and Projected Images competition.
This competition will be held on Saturday December 1. Details on how members of participating clubs can enter and the location of the competition will be made available this week. Those looking to find out a bit more on this competition can visit www.facebook.com/portlaoisecameraclub for details.
The club currently has 50 members with photographic experience ranging from near beginners upwards. We do our best to have content to suit everyone with our meetings including tutorials, workshops and both indoor and outdoor photo shoots. A friendly atmosphere is a priority within the club.
The year so far has been a successful one and included an exhibition in The;Space in Portlaoise Shopping Centre. The public voted on their favourite image during the exhibition and this was won by John Murphy.
Members also travelled to the Saltee Islands in Wexford in June. This was a great day out and they captured some wonderful photographs of puffins, cormorants and razorbills in their natural environment.
During the year three of the club’s members gained national recognition with IPF distinctions. Carl Cutland submitted a stunning panel of 15 images of liquid collision drops and the adjudicators unanimously awarded him his Assoicatship. Ciara Drennan submitted a visually compelling panel of ten images consisting of childrens portraiture, creative table top photography and live music photography and again was unanimously awarded her Licentiate Distinction.
Gerard Ryan submitted a panel of ten images that strongly represented his varied skills as a photographer with a range of sports photography, portraits, landscape and abstract images. Again Gerard received an unanimous vote from the adjudicators and was awarded his Licentiate.
The club is still very young with their second birthday taking place in February next year and they are hoping that 2013 will see Portlaoise Camera Club to continue to improve. Check out the club’s website or visit their page on Facebook for more information.