PORTLAOISE Camera Club member Paul McDoughall recently won second prize with his ‘Careful Mother’ image in the intermediate category at the annual Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) Print and Projected Image competition last month.
Sponsored by Canon Ireland, the competition was open to camera clubs around the country. The national which recently took place at the Athlone Institute of Technology was a culmination of a series of four regional rounds, with close to one thousand images reaching the finals.
Paul said that photography is his passion and he has been immersed in it since 16 years of age, with travel as a big inspiration. Paul joint owns a safari business in Kenya running photographic safaris to the National Reserves and Parks of East Africa, leading tours througout the year. He is also operations manager for PixiFoto in Ireland.
He loves wildlife photography, especially big cats and his passion and patience paid off with his winning photo. Paul has been part of the Portlaoise Camera Club since last year and recommends anyone with an interest in photography to join the club. Paul’s photograph was taken in Maasai Mara in Kenya on a safari he was leading. “To capture this actual image took about two hours of watching and waiting, to begin with the mother was sleeping under the tree and the cubs were playing, then she woke up and came and picked them up in her mouth to move them, I took three frames and was lucky to capture one with her looking straight at me”, Paul said, after six weeks of watching and waiting.