In February 2011 Portlaoise Camera Club was born. A group of enthusiastic photographers came together to form what has become a vibrant and very active society.
The club and its members have achieved many benchmarks from building up a very active social networking page, running workshops, organizing field trips to hosting a yearly exhibition and even winning in a national photography competition.
Our aim is for every member of Portlaoise Camera Club to further their photographic learning.
Our members are all keen to learn new aspects of photography and expand on their current knowledge.
Portlaoise Camera Club supports our members to achieve their photographic goals.
Our club meets in the Parish Centre every Wednesday night from 8pm-10pm from September to June.
Monthly, we have guest photographers that showcase their talents and give a Q&A session on their work.
We run a digital image competions where members post their images into categories and guest judges critique the images.
Our weekly classes range from themed worshops,field trips, to post-production classes in lightroom and photoshop.
This year we included a professional workshops,a vintage theme model photoshoot in Kerdiffstown house,trips to Glendalough, the people's photography exhibition in Dublin, local school historical shoot and a sunrise shoot in Wexford to name just a few.
Every year we hold club exhibition in Portlaoise town, this year the parish centre hosted our members images and local celebrity Pat Critchley gave an inspiring speech on our opening night of the exhibition.
As a club we partake in the IPF national competitions during the year.
We've had great success since 2011 with our members winning gold ,silver and bronze medals as well as honoured mentions in the national ,regional and individual IPF competitons and salons.
A great achievement for our club only this month in Cork coming 5th place in the IPF club national shield.
Club member Evita Elksne winning bronze for her image "Daddy's boy"within one of our club panels.
December we will hold our own club "Photographer of the year" competition. Each member submit images in 6 categories with the chance to win the overall title.
The 11th of January 2017 starts our weekly beginner photography classes for 5 weeks from 7pm - 8pm in the parish centre.Full details are on our facebook page.
Portlaoise Camera Club is aimed at people who are passionate about photography, whatever their skill level.
New members are always welcome!!
Contact details for the club are below.