Macro / Close Up (2021)

An amazing mix of images and subject material for this month’s theme. Thank you to all the members who entered images and congratulations to our winners! Many thanks to our judge Eileen McCausland.

Winners of the People / Portrait / Candid / Environmental Competition 2021

Congratulations to the winners of our third club POTY competition of 2021: ‘People / Portrait / Candid / Environmental’. There was a good mix of styles and interpretations on the theme. Thank you to all the members who entered images, and congratulations to our winners!
Capture the personality of a person or group of people. Includes traditional portraits fine art environmental candid and street.
Many thanks to our judge, Pauric McGroder.

Winners of the Still Life competition

Congratulations to the winners of our second club competition of 2021: Still Life. Well done to all KPS members who took part. Still Life is the depiction of inanimate subject matter. Old style masters or a more contempory approach. Includes tabletop and food.

With so many superb images on display our judge Annie Given had her work cut out! We’d like to thank Annie for an entertaining and thorough critique on each and every entry. Annie’s judging fee was donated to the Capucin’s Food Bank in Kilkenny.

Congratulations to our winners in the Black & White / Mono competition.

Congratulations to the winners of our first monthly competition of 2021, kicking off the 'KPS Photographer of the Year' competition. Thanks to all members who took part to make the entries as rich and varied as they were, and a big thank you to Eric O’Neill who judged...

Winners ‘Reflection’ POTY Competition

Congratulations to our winners in our January POTY competition ‘Reflection’

Winners ‘Open’ POTY Competition 2019

Congratulations to our winners in the ‘Open’ POTY Monthly Competition for October 2019

Presentation to MacDonagh Junction

John Hughes, Chairman of Kilkenny Photographic Society, presenting a photo of Grace’s Castle (Old Courthouse) by photographer Amanda Burke LIPF, to Marion Acreman, Manager of MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.

MacDonagh Junction was the venue for another very successful Photographic Exhibition during the Arts Festival. Thanks for your hospitality and support.

This week at the club

This week, 13th September, is the hand – in for our first monthly competition. The theme is Biodiversity – Flora & Fauna of Kilkenny, People of Kilkenny and Landscapes/Cityscapes of Kilkenny. It’s a print competition and prints should be mounted 20″x16″. Members may enter 3 prints if they wish for this competition. For other competitions you may enter just 2 prints or files.

We will also have a portrait night so bring your camera and props along to the meeting.

October’s competition is “OPEN” projected and the closing date is 21st October. You will get instructions on where to upload or send your files later on.

Programme of Events

The Programme of Events for September and October is now published on the website. Go to KPS Events Calendar and select Monthly Calendar from the Drop down menu.

Digital Printing Workshop

The Permajet PRINT ACADEMY IRELAND in association with Barker Photographic Equipment & Supplies are hosting a Digital Printing Workshop by Michael O’Sullivan FIAP (former president of IPF) in 2 venues in Ireland – Cork in October and Dublin in November.

More details here:

First Monthly Competition

Just a quick reminder that the first monthly competition of the new year (2018/2019) is a bit earlier than usual and closes next Thursday 13th Sept. It is a print competition and you can submit up to 2 images on any of these themes

Kilkenny Flora & Fauna

Kilkenny  Urban / Landscape

People of Kilkenny

KPS AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Kilkenny Photographic Society will be held in the Pembroke Hotel on Thursday, September 20th, at 8:00pm. This is our annual AGM and is open to members only.

In advance of the AGM we’re asking you to submit any proposals or motions that you wish to have discussed during the meeting. You should submit these by next Thursday, 6th Sept to ensure that they can be circulated in advance and included on the meeting agenda. See attached documents that can be downloaded.

Next Club Meeting

The next club meeting of KPS will be held in the Pembroke Hotel on Thursday, 6th September at 8.00pm. On the night we will discuss our 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition, get updates on the Biodiversity Project and PicLogger, the Shield Competition and our upcoming AGM.

We look forward to see you there.

Exhibition Sponsors 2018

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our many sponsors who have made the 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition a huge success. Without your continued support this would not be possible. 

Also a big thank you to the members of our finance committee and others for their trojan work in sourcing the sponsorship. It is well worth the effort and we invite you all to visit us during the Arts Festival to view the wonderful exhibition of photography.

35th Annual Photographic Exhibition

A large crowd of members and invited guests attended the launch of our 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition in MacDonagh Junction last night at 7pm. With about 50 members exhibiting it is one of the largest displays yet.

Exhibition Form 2018

The information form that’s required for your display during our Annual Photographic Exhibition can be downloaded from the website. Go to MEMBERS AREA then DOWNLOADS and it’s the first item on this list.

Preparing for our Annual Photographic Exhibition

I would like to wish the very best to all members who are exhibiting in our exhibition from the 10th to the 19th August .As you all know a lot of work has gone into the setting up of our exhibition by the exhibition committee, for it to continue to run smoothly over the next number of weeks members are requested to contribute. i.e.

KPS Exhibition and Biodiversity Project

Next week, Thursday 26th, we will be meeting in the Pembroke at 8pm to discuss  our upcoming exhibition in MacDonagh Junction and hopefully allocated spaces for exhibitors.  And while the good weather stays with – remember to take some Biodiversity images.

Outing to Hook Lighthouse

This week, 12th July, we will be heading to the Hook Lighthouse. We will meet up at Woodies at 6pm to car pool. (leaving at 6.10pm). Bring your tripod, a torch and a light jacket and a cap as we will be doing some wire wool spinning.Hope to see you there.

KPS will hold its 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre during Kilkenny Arts Festival from 9th to 19th August 2018. Space will be allocated to exhibiting members in the coming weeks. Please check in with our website and Facebook Page for updates.

Monthly Competition Themes 2018 – 2019

Here are the themes for the monthly competitions for 2018 – 2019.

September: Kilkenny Urban/Rural/People – Print – Closing date 13/09/2018 and judging on 27/09/2018

October: Open – Projected – Closing date21/10/2018 and judging on 01/11/2018

November: Form/Shape – Projected – Closing date 25/11/2018 and judging on 06/12/2018

January: Nature – Projected – Closing date 06/01/2019 and judging on 17/01/2019

February: Sport – Projected – Closing date 03/02/2019 and judging on 14/02/2019

March: Portrait/Body – Print – Closing date 28/02/2019 and judging on 14/03/2019

April: Photo Travel – Projected – Closing date 31/03/2019 and judging on 11/04/2019

May: Creative ——- details to be announced in January 2019

Please note that dates could change due to unforeseen circumstances. Check website and KPS Facebook Page for updates.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 30th June: Closing date for registering for 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition

Tuesday, 3rd July:  Trip to Dungarvan Camera Club – Park Hotel, Dungarvan at 8pm. Please contact Derville at if you are interested in going.

Thursday, 5th July: Summer Social Evening. Venue to be confirmed later

9th August – 19th August: KPS 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition in Mac Donagh Junction.

KPS Annual Photographic Exhibition 2018

KPS will hold its 35th Annual Photographic Exhibition in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre during Kilkenny Arts Festival from 9th to 19th August 2018.

So far 43 members have registered to exhibit. You must be a fully paid member for 2017-2018 to participate. The closing date for expressing your intention to participate is 30th June. The space allocated to members exhibiting will be determined by the final number of members registered on 30th June.

Please contact Andy Magan if you wish to register. Please use this email address:


Today at the new FIAP approved exhibition centre at the Dublin Camera Club, 36 Irish photographers received their FIAP distinctions.  Kilkenny Photographic Society received 4 of these distinctions – Artiste FIAP. The 4 members are as follows:

Results of “Dystopia” Competition

There was a large and diverse entry for the final monthly competition of the year. The theme was “Dystopia” and it was a projected competition. The judge was Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF EFIAP/G FBPE of Catchlight Camera Club. Thanks to all the members who entered and congratulations to the winners:

NOVICE – Margaret Moylan LIPF, INTERMEDIATE – Carla Ennis, ADVANCED – Hugo Reidy AIPF
Many thanks to our Competitions Secretaries – Andy and Ned – for all their hard work during the year.

This week in the club

show their panels from the recent distinctions sitting in Mullingar. We will also be showing the club’s black & white and colour panels from the recent National Club Championships also held in Mullingar. Our results were as follows

The Colour Panel got joint 6th place

The Monochrome Panel  9th place

The overall standing of the Kilkenny Photographic Society is 7th place out of 24 Clubs.

Well Done to Catchlight Camera Club who were the overall winners for the second year in a row.

8 Day Kenya Photography Safari

Pascal Lee of Blarney Photgraphic Club is running a trip to Kenya in September to photograph wildlife and the local people.The trip is restricted to 10 we have members from Blarney, Cobh and the Blackwater clubs travelling.We have two places left and Pascal wants to know if any member of Kilkenny Photographic Society is interested in going. If interestedyou can contact Pascal at  0860637093.The trips isf from the 10th to 18th September and the cost is €1850 flights included. Please visit our website for the full itenerary.

Evening Trip to Kells Priory and Mill.

This week at the club is an outdoor trip. Could those intending to travel meet up in Woodie’s car park to leave at 6.30pm for Kell’s Priory and Mill. The light should be good until 8.30pm and remember to capture a few images for the Bio Diversity project. Also remember the closing date for the last competition of the year “Dystopia”(projected) closes on Sunday 13th May.
See you there on Thursday evening.

An Taisce – Biodiversity Walks

To celebrate biodiversity week in May, An Taisce will celebrate wildlife in rural north Kilkenny with two walks that focus on Woodlands and Hedgerows.

Jenkinstown Wood: Thursday, May 17th 6.30 p.m.

Hedgerows at Mothel Lane: Saturday May 19th 11 a.m.

Check our website for more details.

This week at the club

This Thursday Julie Corcoran AIPF from Breffni Camera Club will be our guest speaker. Julie will be showing us images from her Dreamscapes panel and other projected images.

The winners of the Transition Year Photography Competition are on display for the next few days in the Book Centre window.

Don’t forget that the closing date for the “DYSTOPIA” competition is Sunday, 13th May. Make sure your entries are properly sized. Check out members area if you are unsure of how to do this. Also have your entries in on time. The deadline is midnight on the 13th.

Proposed Weekend Trip to the Burren

Some members of KPS are investigating a weekend trip in June to the Burren area in Co. Clare. The accommodation will be in local hostels so the weekend will depend on availability. The trip will involve overnight stays on the Friday and Saturday of the chosen weekend. I have attached links to the hostels and to places of interest in the area. Accommodation can be single, twin or group rooms. If the trip goes ahead all costs will have to be paid upfront with no refunds.

Everything is still up for discussion so if you’re interested in a weekend away in June please let club member, Stasia, know. You can contact her by email ( or at the club next Thursday night. In order to book accommodation for June a final decision of numbers travelling will have to be made this week.

Awards Night – TY Photography Competition

This Thursday night the club will hold the Transition Year Photography Competition Awards Night in the Springhill Court Hotel at 7.30pm. Now in its 8th year the winners of this year’s competition will be announced on the night. Ten schools entered over 130 photos for the competition which was judged by Emmanuelle Galisson and Terry Conroy of Portlaoise Camera Club.

The main prizes were sponsored by Canon Ireland, White’s Photo Centre and Kilkenny Photographic Society. The best 3 photos from each school and the top 4 overall will be on display on the night. Both judges will be present to give feedback to the students.

We will hold a raffle on the night and thanks to our other sponsors: Hennessy Sports, The Book Centre, The Office Centre, Paul Campion Framing and Amanda Burke Photography.

We hope to see you there to lend your support to the students and schools involved.

This week at the club

This week at the club we are having a Portrait night. Bring in your camera and if you can -some props to make the image your own. I.e Hats, scarves & accessories for a female.

Dungarvan Camera Club Annual Photographic Exhibition

Dungarvan Camera Club will hold its Annual Photographic Exhibition at Garvey’s SuperValu Display Gallery, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan from 19th to 25th April. The Official Opening, with special guest Mr. Liam Power, takes place this Thursday, 19th April at 7pm.

Members of Kilkenny Photographic are invited to attend the exhibition.

Winners of the Street / Urban Competition

Last night in the club the winners of the Street/Urban competition were announced. The competition was judged by Paul Lanigan AIPF and he gave a very comprehensive critique on each of the entries. The winning photos are below.

The next competition is “Dystopia” (projected) and the closing date is Sunday, 13th May. We were also treated to a very relaxing and at times entertaining glimpse of bush life in South Africa by member, Dieter Rowe-Setz. The panesl from our recent entry to the SACC Interclub competition were also on display. We achieved 2nd place in the projected and mono sections and were placed 4th overall. We will also have panels in the final of the Interclub competition to be held in Mullingar in May so if you have any photos for consideration please let a member of the selection committee know within the week.

Congratulations to the winners of the “Street/Urban” competition and their winning entries are below:

This week at the club

This week at the club we will have the results of the Street/Urban competition. Dieter will be showing us some images from his recent trip to South Africa. Also we will be reviewing the panels from last week’s SACC interclub competition. See you all there.

SACC Interclub Results

Well done to Kilkenny Photographic Society on our results in the SACC Interclub Competition held in Blarney on Sunday. We entered 3 panels – COLOUR, B&W and PROJECTED.

We came 2nd in the B&W, 2nd in the Projected and came in 4th place overall. While we weren’t placed in the TOP 3 there was only a 2 point difference between KPS and 3rd place and 4 points between us and 2nd place.

Well done to all the members who submitted photos for selection and to the selection committee who put in long hours in the selection process, printing and mounting.

We will have another chance at the finals in May.

Dystopia Theme

The theme for our 8th monthly competition is DYSTOPIA. Please note the following changes. The closing date is the 10th May and the judging will be on the 24th May. This is now a projected competition and not print as earlier advertised.

SACC Interclub Competition 2018

The SACC Interclub Competition 2018 will be held in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney, Co. Cork on Sunday 8th April.  Following is the timetable of events for the day:

The Art of Street Photography Exhibition


This will be our fourth Street Photography Group Exhibition in Dublin and a chance for your members to Exhibit with some of the best Street Photographers in the World: Jill Freedman – Dougie Wallace – Richard Sandler – Gabi Ben Avraham – Tisch Murta to name a few…

Still time to submit your best three images in BW or Colour for consideration for this amazing Street Photography Exhibition Sponsored by Birmingham Cameras Dublin & Panasonic Lumix taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballroom Powerscourt Centre Dublin.

Members Area

Just a reminder that the MEMBERS AREA of the website is where you will find documents relating to constitution, competition rules, forms etc. Two documents have been added this morning, courtesy of the Competitions Secretary.

How to resize your entries for the monthly projected competitions. This is a step by step guide with graphics to make to process more user-friendly. 
PRINTING WORKFLOW. This is a step by step guide in doing your own printing. The workflow is based on the Canon Pro 1000 printer but the steps are transferable to other printers.
Both documents are in PDF format.

Upcoming Events

The club was to be closed this Thursday, 29th March for Easter but in view of the recent success of distinction applicants we are going ahead this Thursday with a display of the successful panels. Congratulations and well done to Anne Dowling LIPF, Margaret Moylan LIPF, Lukasz Piatkowski LIPF and Brian Deering AIPF. We look forward to viewing your successful panels.

On 5th April we have husband and wife team, Catherine and Scott MacBride, with “A Family Celebration of Two Fellowships”. They are Dublin based and they both specialise in  creative photography.

Our next monthly competition is “Street/Urban” (projected) and the closing date is 1st April. Judging of this competition will take place on 12th April.

On 26th April we will hold the Awards Night for the Transition Year Photography Competition in the Springhill Court Hotel at 7.30pm

Distinctions Success

Today was another memorable day for Kilkenny Photographic Society with four of its members having success at today’s distinctions sitting in the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise.

Anne Dowling, Margaret Moylan and Lukasz Patkowski were successful and were awarded their Licentiate (LIPF) and Brian Deering was awarded his Associateship (AIPF). The judges commented on the very high standard of the panels in each case and in general throught that the standard at Licentiate level was exceptionally high this year.

Congratulations to Anne, Margaret, Lukasz and Brian on all their hard work and their achievements. We look forward to viewing their panels in the club in the near future. They received their parchments from Dominic Reddin, President of the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF). Photos courtesy of Andy Magan LIPF.

This week at the club

hursday 22nd March is a members night. If you would like to share your photos with the members please bring them along on the night on an USB key.

The next monthly competition is “Street/Urban”. It’s a projected competition and the closing date is Sunday, 1st April.

Winners of Long Exposure Competition

On Thursday last we recieved the results of the Long Exposure Competition. The judge was Barry Walsh AIPF who is no stranger to the club. The standard of entries was extremely high and the competition was very keen. No easy job for Barry to pick the eventual winners. After the results were announced Barry shared his AIPF panel with us. We were all truly amazed with the quality of his panel on architectural buildings and his ability to paint light and darkness on buildings to emphasise a shape or part of the structure. 

This week at the club

This week we are holding a table quiz in Billy Byrne’s Pub, Upper John Street, starting at 8pm. Table of 4 (€5 per person) – bring along a friend or two.

The selection committee are also looking for images for the IPF National Club Championship. If you have images for consideration please bring them on the night on a USB key. Tiff or large Jpgs only.

Meeting cancelled

This week’s club meeting is cancelled due to the weather. Our guest speaker, Julie Corcoran, will not be travelling from Cavan because of the weather. She has rescheduled to 3rd May. In the interests of safety the meeting of 1st March is cancelled.

Upcoming Events

This week 22nd March is a members night. If you have any work/photos you would like to share with the members please bring them on an USB key for projection.

On Thursday, 1st March, Julie Corcoran AIPF from Breffni Camera Club will be our guest speaker.Julie received her AIPF in September 2017 for her Dreamscapes panel.

On 8th March we are holding a fundraising table quiz night in Billy Byrne’s, John Street. Tables of 4 cost €20. Members and friends welcome to form teams. More details of this in the club and will be posted next week.

Don’t forget that the next monthly competition is “Long Exposure” – projected, and the closing date is the 4th March.

Winners of the Environmental Portrait Competition

There was a large attendance at the club last Thursday night for the judging of the Environmental Portrait Competition (Projected Competition). The judge was Mark Sedgwick  FIPF, EFIAP, ESFIAP who is a member of Celbridge Camera Club and former Chairman of Distinctions with the IPF.

The winners are as follows:

Novice: 1st Michael Joseph , 2nd Moira Fulton, 3rd Richard Dore

Intermediate: 1st Bernie Kelly, 2nd Ted Hughes, 3rd Stasia Clancy and Petr Petr

Advanced: 1st Derville Conroy LIPF, 2nd Patrick Quinn LIPF, 3rd Pauline O’ Brien LIPF

This week at the club

This Thursday, 8th February, Amanda Burke LIPF will bring us on a Photographic Journey with a presentation of her work. The following Thursday we will have the judging of our February Competition – Environmental Portrait.

The next monthly competition is “Long Exposure” which is projected and the closing date is 4th March.

The finals of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year and the IPF Photographer of the Year competitions will be held in the Talbot Hotel, Carlow, on the 17th and 18th February. Live judging of the Nature Competition takes place on the 17th and Photographer of the Year on the 18th. Some members of the KPS will be represented in those competitions.

Oscailt – IPF Newsletter

Please check the KPS website for the latest edition of OSCAILT, the IPF newsletter. It features an article on the January events at the club.

My Top Ten Photography Books

This Thursday, 1st February, Ian Doolan will give a presentation on his “TOP 10 Photography Books” and on the following Thursday, 8th February, Amanda Burke LIPF will bring us on a Photographic Journey. Both events take place in the Pembroke Hotel at 8pm.

Members’ Night at the Club

This week at the KPS is Members Night – a chance for club members to show what they are doing. Bring your images (jpegs) in on a USB stick. You can show them anonymously or talk about them and also if you like – ask for some advice or constructive critique.

Also below is some information on a workshop which might be of use to members interested in obtaining an IPF Distinction in the future. 

Results of the COLOUR Print Competition

Our meeting of 18th January was full to capacity for the judging of the “COLOUR – You Pick One” print competition. There were over 70 prints entered for the competition covering the three categories of Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The judge on the night was  Emmanuelle Galisson who is chairperson of Portlaoise Camera Club. This was not her first time to judge for KPS and she was again full of praise for the quality of the images on display.

Emmanuelle gave a detailed critique of each entry giving generous praise to the photographers for their work and some very useful tips for suggested improvements. She praised the quality of the printing and the selection of papers used by the photographers. She had the unenviable task of picking the winners as the competition was very stiff indeed.

The winners are: Novice – Richard Dore, Intermediate – Bernie Kelly, Advanced – Denis O’ Reilly

January 2018

This week on 18th January we will have the judging of the “Colour” Competition which is a print competition. On the 25th January we will have a MEMBERS NIGHT. This is an opportunity to display and share your work (either prints or projected) with the members and to get some feedback or not. This can be an invaluable exercise in your progess as a photographer.

This week at the club

This Thursday, 11th January, is the closing date for the “COLOUR” print competition. Membership labels will be available on the night. All prints must be mounted. 20X16 mounts are recommended.

Our guest speakers on the night will be Lilian Webb and Alan Lyons of Celbridge Camera Club who will speak on AV Presentations.

OSCAILT – IPF January Newsletter

Kilkenny Photographic Society’s Personal Project Initiative is featured in the January edition of OSCAILT, the IPF  Newsletter. Read it here

Caving in Papua, New Guinea

Our weekly club meetings will resume on Thursday, 4th January after the Christmas break. The theme for the night is “Caving in Papua, New Guinea – Cave Photography and More” and Jack Healy will give us a visual presentation of his exploits. Also in attendance will be Dr. Liam Lysaght, Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre who will speak about “Biodiversity Projects and Photography”.

Revised closing dates for Monthly Competitions

These are the revised dates for the monthly competitions. This information is correct and up to date. Themes and closing dates are subject to change so please check website and Facebook page for updates.

Presentation of Awards

John Hughes, Chairman of Kilkenny Photographic Sociey, presenting members who had success in the recent in-house and national competitions with their medals and certificates. Photos courtesy of Mark Desmond Photography

Winners of the CREATIVE Competition

The winners of the CREATIVE competition were announced last night. This was a projected competition and it was judged by Vivian Buckley AIPF, AFIAP who is a member of the Mallow Camera Club. You can see her work on

Well done to the winners and to all those who entered the competition.

We also had the presentation of medals to the KPS members who were successful in the recent SACC Regional Round of the “Photographer of the Year” competition. Their winning entries will go forward to the National Photographer of the Year Competition that will be held on the 17th & 18th  February 2018. The following are the member who were awarded medals and honourable mentions.

IPF December Newsletter

IPF December Newsletter

Creative Competition Results

This Thursday, 7th December, we will be announcing the results of the CREATIVE competition – Projected. Also there will be a presentation of medals and certificates to the club members who were successful in the recent SACC Qualifying Round of PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION.

Hugo Reidy AIPF, who recently was successful in his AIPF Distinction application, will display and discuss his panel.

KPS Success at SACC Photographer of the Year Competition

Great news for Kilkenny Photographic Society from the SACC round of the Photographer of the Year Competition. Seamus Costello was awarded “The Seamus Scullane Trophy” for the IPF Photographer of the Year. He was also awarded a Gold Medal in the Colour Print Themed (Advanced). He also received a Gold Medal in the Mono Print (Advanced).

KPS are IPF National Shield Champions 2017

It was a dream result! Waiting for the judges to deliver their verdict went on forever but once the announcements were made the realisation that KPS were in there with a very definite chance of honours took hold. First the individual honours were announced and KPS members figured prominently – Dieter Setz Rowe (Honourable Mention in the Colour Panel), Denis O’ Reilly (Bronze Medal in the Colour Panel) and Richard Dore (Silver Medal in the Colour Panel).  The signs were good and Kilkenny Photographic Society were announced winners of the Best Colour Panel 2017.

Could things get any better? They did! Kilkenny were announced as the Most Improved Club 2017. Dare we dream of the ultimate prize? Why not? When Bill Power proclaimed Kilkenny as the IPF National Shield Champions 2017 the KPS contingent exploded with sheer euphoria and pride. What a Day in Limerick! 

Hugo Reidy AIPF

Congratulations to KPS member, Hugo Reidy, who has been awarded his AIPF distinctions at today’s sitting in LIT Thurles. A great achievement Hugo and well done.

Hugo Reidy AIPF

Congratulations to KPS member, Hugo Reidy, who has been awarded his AIPF distinctions at today’s sitting in LIT Thurles. A great achievement Hugo and well done.

Christmas Party 2017

 The date for our Christmas Party is Thursday, 14th December. We will meet in the K bowl is 7-30 pm for a 7-45 start. Afterwards we will adjourn to the Home Rule Club at approx. 9pm for finger food.There will be spot prizes and maybe a table quiz. The cost of the evening is €15 pp.

As we need to know the numbers for the food and seating you will need to confirm your attendance.There will be a sign up sheet at the weekly meetings.

IPF National Shield 2017

The IPF National Shield 2017 will be held in the Castletroy Court Hotel, Limerick, this Sunday 26th November. A full account of the programme can be found here

Personal Projects Plan

White’s Photo Centre, in conjunction with Olympus, is holding a promotional event this Thursday, 23rd November, in the Ormonde Hotel at 6.15pm. After this event we are convening downstairs in the Pembroke Hotel for a brainstorm session regarding the recently announced Personal Projects Plan. This is an ideal opportunity for all members to bring along their ideas to express their creativity in any photographic medium they desire. This can include iPhoneography, film Photography, AV or any other visual image making with a camera or even a scanner.

Winners All!

Here are the winners of the first two monthly competitions – Open – Portrait. The OPEN competition was projected and the PORTRAIT  was a print competition. Photos courtesy of Mark Desmond AIPF

Paul Reidy LIPF, AFIAP

This week’s guest speaker at the club will be Paul Reidy LIPF, AFIAP who will speak about PRINT AND PROJECTED PRESENTATIONS. Paul is a member of Blarney Camera Club and was crowned IPF Photographer of the Year 2017 for his gorgeous image ‘Autumn Queen’.

Join us in the Pembroke Hotel this Thursday, 16th November at 8pm for what promises to be a another great night at the club. There will be a cover charge of €5.

Winners of the Portrait Competition

Congratulations to all our winners in the second monthly competition – Portrait – which was a print competition. The next competition is the CREATIVE competition and the closing date is Sunday, 19th November. This is a projected competition. Please check the updated rules and regulations for the Monthly Competition. Check them here

Monthly Competition Rules Updated

The Rules for the Monthly Competitions have been updated. Please familiarise yourself with the updated version.

Upcoming Events in November


9th November – Judging of the Portrait Competition (Print)

16th November – Print and Projected Presentations – Paul Reidy LIPF, AFIAP – Blarney Camera Club

19th November – Closing date for CREATIVE competition (projected)

23rd November – OLYMPUS PRESENTATION in association with White’s Photo Centre (change from original calendar). This was originally advertised as an ANSEL ADAMS presentation by Ian Doolan. This has been postponed until January 2018

MacDonagh Junction Presentation

Following on from a very successful 34th Annual Photographic Exhibition in MacDonagh Junction during the Arts Festival, John Hughes, Chairman of KPS, presented Marion Acreman Manager of MacDonagh with an image by RUE PHOTOGRAPHY.

The image is titled “Nur Jahan” and is the work of Rue Ahmed who is a member of Kilkenny Photographic Society.

Michael O’ Sullivan FIPF, FRPS

Michael O’Sullivan FIPF, FRPS, former president of the Irish Photographic Federation, will be our guest speaker tonight at 8pm in the Pembroke Hotel.

He was also in attendance in White’s Photo Centre, High Street, from 12 noon. He was on hand to help professional and prosumers alike and to answer questions regarding Canon camera gear. He conducted a photowalk around Kilkenny focusing on urban portraits and many members of KPS joined him.

Post Processing Workshop with Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP

Kilkenny Photographic Society will host a workshop on post processing with Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP from the Wexford Camera Club. Barry’s area of interest is seascapes and architectural photography. He recently visited the club to judge the “Architecture” themed competition and was very generous in sharing some post processing tips and techniques. He will cover beginner and intermediate level processing both on Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.

The workshop will take place in the Berkeley Room, Pembroke Hotel on Saturday, 4th November from 09.30 to 13.00. The cost is €20. If you’re interested please contact Derville Conroy –

You will need to bring your own laptop with Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC

IPF Photographer of the Year – SACC Qualifying Round

Please note that the closing date for the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition is 30th November and not the 18th of November as per the previous post.

IPF Photographer of the Year 2018 – SACC Qualifying Round

The SACC qualifying round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2018 will be held on Sunday, 3rd December in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Tipperary. The closing date for entries is 18th November. This competition is open to all individual members of SACC affiliated clubs and is the Southern Regional Round of the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition 2018. Entry details and themes are on the IPF website –

Michael O’ Sullivan FIPF, FRPS

Michael O’Sullivan FIPF, FRPS, former president of the Irish Photographic Federation, will be our guest speaker on Thursday, 2nd November at 8pm. His topic will be Studio Lighting.

He will also be in attendance in White’s Photo Centre, High Street, THE SAME DAY from 12pm until 6pm in connection with Canon – Ireland. He will be on hand to help professional and prosumers alike to answer questions regarding Canon camera gear. He will be overseeing a photowalk around Kilkenny focusing on urban portraits and everyone is invited to join him.

Winners of the OPEN competition

The winners of the first monthly competition which was OPEN projected were announced at this Thursday’s meeting. The theme was judged by Joe Doyle of Malahide Photographic Society and in each category there were some difficult decisions with more than one member achieving the top score of 20.

Salon Success

Congratulations to club members Derville Conroy and  Łukasz Piątkowski  on their recents salon successes. Derville won gold and silver for her entries.  Łukasz received an Acceptance and an Honorable Mention.

IPF Newsletter

Read all the latest news from the IPF here

Wide Angle lens for sale

 Wide Angle Lens for Sale Sigma Lens (Canon fit) - (10 - 20mm F3.5 EX DC)  with case and hood. In excellent condition. Hardly used Price:  €350 Contact  Pauline O'Brien (0861942322)  

Carrick-on-Suir Camera Club Exhibition

Chairman of Carrick-on-Suir Camera Club, Frank Cullinane, and members of the club wish
to invite members of Kilkenny Photographic Society to the launch of their October photo
exhibition on Wednesday next the 11th October at 6.30 pm. The exhibition
is in the Library in Carrick-on-Suir.

The exhibition runs till the end of October. The library is open
weekdays and till 9pm on Wednesdays only.

Everyone is welcome

Des Clinton FIPF, FRPS, MFIAP.

Our first visiting photographer of the season is none other than Des Clinton FIPF, FRPS, MFIAP. Des is a founder member of Drogheda PS and has been active in Irish Photography for well over thirty years now. He continues to be an active and committed photographer...

Crann – Trees for Ireland/Coillte Open Photographic  Competition  2017

rann – Trees for Ireland/Coillte Open  Photographic  Competition  2017

Photo competition run by Crann Magazine and Coillte, the State Forestry Agency.

We have an autumn deadline this year for our annual photographic competition, which makes more practical sense than the usual spring deadline.

Theme: Trees, Hedgerows & Woodlands

Closing Date: 15th October, 2017

Sponsored By: Coillte

First Prize €250, Second Prize €100, Third Prize €50


Celtic Challenge 2018

The IPF is requesting photographers to submit images for consideration to represent Ireland in the forthcoming Celtic Challenge being held in Scotland. The Biennial Selection Committee will be choosing a total of thirty images for the competition, but images may also be considered for future selection to represent Ireland in other competitions. Please forward this email to your club members and encourage them to submit images.

This week’s meeting

ur next weekly meeting will be held on Thursday, 21st September. The theme for this night is “Camera Gear Night”. We will have different groups based on your brand of camera and hopefully through sharing knowledge we can answer some of your questions or clarify some issue for you. MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU.  Also on this night members will have the opportunity to show their images and have them critiqued if they wish. If you have images you wish to show the members please bring them along on an USB key.

DON’T FORGET THAT 24th SEPTEMBER IS THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR FIRST MONTHLY COMPETITION. It’s an OPEN theme and is a projected competition. You can also bring your entries on an USB key with you to the meeting of 21st September.

Photographic Trip to Wicklow

A number of KPS members are organising a photographic trip to Wicklow from from 20th – 22nd October. Below are the details if you’ re interested:


TRIP DATE: Leave Friday Oct 20th (the scenic route). Stay 2 nights – 20th & 21st. Depart for home (the scenic route) 22nd. Our group are staying at – we’ve booked both cottages. At time of writing there are 3 double B&Bs still available at this location.

Monthly Competition Themes

The Monthly Competition Themes for 2017/2018 are now posted on the website.  Go to MONTHLY COMPETITIONS 2017/2018 and click into the monthly tabs. Members may enter up to 2 photos for each competition, except mini-panel, and entries may be in colour or B&W. Don’t know how that will work for the COLOUR theme?

Closing dates and judging dates may be subject to change but you will receive advance notice. HAPPY SNAPPING!!

Monthly Calendar of Meetings and Events

The planned monthly calendar of meetings and events up to and including December 2017 has now been published on the website. Click on the monthly tabs to see what’s happening. Thanks to the Events and Competitions Secretaries for all their work in compiling a very varied programme of events. Check here ‎
On the website go to KPS Events Calendar and from the drop-down menu select MONTHLY CALENDAR. Click on any month September to December 2017 to see what’s happening.

Next Weekly Meeting

Our weekly meetings will resume next Thursday, 7th September at 8pm, in the Pembroke Hotel. We look forward to seeing you all there. The agenda for the evening will cover the following items:

KPS Annual General Meeting 2017

The KPS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the Pembroke Hotel on
Thursday September 14th 2017 at 8:00pm.

As this is the Society’s AGM the meeting is open to members only.

AGM Agenda

1. Minutes of previous AGM
2. Chairman’s review of the past year.
3. Secretary’s review of the past year.
4. Treasurer’s report and annual accounts for 2016 /17.
5. Election of Officers – Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
6. Election of KPS Committee members for the coming year (2017/18).
7. Proposed Motions

All members should attend if they can as decisions regarding the Society’s
direction for the coming year will be take and it’s important that as many
members as possible have an input into those decisions.

In advance of the AGM we’re asking you to submit any proposals or motions
that you wish to have discussed during the meeting. You should submit these
to by next Thursday 31st Aug to ensure that they
can be circulated in advance and included on the meeting agenda.

Kilkenny’s Famine Experience Invitation

In early November 2017, MacDonagh Junction will launch the Kilkenny Famine experience, a free self-guided audio-visual tour that will describe the human story of the Kilkenny famine inmates around the buildings of the former famine Workhouse (now Workhouse Square, MacDonagh Junction). As part of this project we hope to collect 975 fingerprint images from local groups and schools to represent and connect the people of present day Kilkenny to the crypt that houses the human remains at the Famine Memorial Garden at MacDonagh Junction. T

The participants will be also be invited to register their participation in our record book.

If you would like to take part in this project please call to the customer service desk or email We are holding a launch event in November and will be launching the tour as well as unveiling the fingerprint etchings and a beautiful bronze sculpture at the crypt.

Distinction Sittings 2017/2018 – IPF News

There are two more distinction sittings in 2017. These are fully booked. Please note a change of date for the September sitting which will now take place  on 23rd September at Visual – GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow.

Bookings for 2018 sittings will open soon ( Applications for March and May 2018 sittings on Monday September 4th at noon. The March session caters for L and A levels only while the May session caters for all levels. The provisional dates for these sittings are March 3rd in Portlaoise and May 19th in Mullingar. The Application fee must be paid at time of booking (or via cheque immediately) and is non-refundable and non-transferrable to another sitting, so book wisely!

Fundraiser for KPS during Annual Exhibition 2017

How many of us have unwanted mounted prints from previous exhibitions or competitions? Would you be willing to make a donation of any unwanted print/s (mounted) to raise funds for the club. We will sell any donated prints during our annual exhibition at a very reasonable cost to visitors during the exhibition week.

We will sort the donated prints by size in various boxes that can be browsed by visitors to the exhibition. Each print will be priced and sales will be recorded by the supervising members. All funds raised will be for the club to help defray costs and pay for equipment.

If you think this is a good idea and that you would like to be involved in this venture then please bring along your print/s next Thursday. There will be boxes marked “Donated Prints” in which to place your donation. Make sure to write your name on the back of the mount so that we can thank you for your contribution.

34th Annual Exhibition – Your Help Required

We are quickly approaching the launch of our 34th Annual Exhibition on the 11th August. There are 57 members registered to exhibit and preparation for this special event involves quite a considerable amount of work which is being undertaken by two committees who are bringing together all the components to make the exhibition a success for all our members.

YOUR HELP IS REQUIRED at this stage in order to complete the preparations. This is how you can help.

Exhibition Forms

The following Annual Exhibition Forms are available on the website: 1. Exhibition Guidelines   2. Exhibition Space Layout    3. Members Exhibition Form

Go to Members Area > Downloads > Exhibition 2017

All forms are in PDF format and can be downloaded.

Photographic Exhibition – St. Luke’s Hospital

Kilkenny Photographic Society – KPS has a permanent exhibition of our members work on display at St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny. During the AKA Fringe which takes place from the 3rd to 20th August 2017 Kilkenny Photographic Society will display new work from our members for this event.

Multiple Sclerosis Ireland 2018 Calendar Competition

We (IPF) are pleased to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, in association with the Irish Photographic Federation, are running a competition seeking images for their new Calendar which will be sold to raise much-needed funded for its services.

Upcoming Events at the Club

29th June 2017

1st KPS Summer Outing: The Copper Coast, Co Waterford. Meet up in Woodies car park for 7.00 pm, 29th June 2017.

34th KPS Annual Exhibition 2017

Our 34th Annual Exhibition takes place during the Kilkenny Arts Festival 11th-20th Aug 2017. We are delighted that we will be returning to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Members will need to register their intention to exhibit in the KPS exhibition. Please email Andy at on or before 4th of July so that we’ll have the numbers and spaces to worked out. Please remember that only fully paid up KPS members can exhibit.

Water Drop Macro Workshop

This week at Kilkenny Photographic Society we will have a tabletop workshop presented by Derville Conroy. The workshop will contain three sections:
1. Water-drops.
2. Water-drops with RainX
3. Water and oils.

Please see attachments for examples.

Please bring a tripod and either a macro lens or a close up lens.

Studio lights will also be available if members wish to do some portrait sessions or still life setups. Don’t forget to bring some props!

Kilkenny Photographic Society would also like to arrange at the start of the meeting for members to gather outside in the courtyard of the Pembroke Hotel for a members group shot.

Life through Mirrors.

At the end of last week’s meeting – judging of the Mini Panels – we were treated to a peek at the latest work of club member John Cuddihy AIPF. The panel of work was presented without any explanation or statement so initially it was left to us to make our own interpretations. To me it was a beautiful, compelling and very appealing piece of work – painterly, abstract, architectural, and mysterious. On closer examination I was very taken with the detail and beautiful patterns and textures of the pavements. Later on John, explained the background to his panel of work ….. it’s MAGIC (MIRRORS). The panel was truly inspiring and quite unique and opened our eyes to the photographic possibilities around us. Our next club outing will have to be to Barcelona!

Mini Panel Competition

There was a very big turnout last Thursday night for the judging of the Mini Panel Competition. This is the final monthly competition of the year. Members were invited to submit a panel of prints for assessment. The judging would be akin to judging for distinctions and our illustrious panel of judges were in fine form on the night. The judges were Karen O’ Hara AIPF, ARPS, John Cuddihy AIPF and Seamus Costello FIPF , ASIFGP from Kilkenny Photographic Society and Mark Sedgwick FIPF, EFIAP/B, EsFIAP who was chairman of the panel.

This week in the Club

This Thursday we will have a display of the panels submitted by our members at the May distinctions sitting in Mullingar. There will be a number of Licentiateship and Associateship panels on display and we will have the opportunity to view them, hear the judges’ comments and to share our own opinions and thoughts.

Disruption to website

Our website is hosted by Blacknight. They are updating their hosting platform next Monday, 29th May and this MAY cause some disruption to our website. NO NEED TO PANIC.

Last week’s Club Meeting

Last Thursday night saw a full house, with only standing room, at our weekly meeting. There were over 50 members and guests in attendance. It was a special night where former member Kevin A. Logan RIP was fondly remembered by members of the club who knew him from his days in Kilkenny and his involvement in Kilkenny Photographic Society. Kevin died recently just before his 61st birthday. Originally from New York, he gave up a very successful career as a photographer to pursue his own dreams. This brought him to Ireland and to Kilkenny among other places that he called home. By all accounts he was a very accomplished photographer and a perfectionist when it came to printing. He would spend hours studying his subject matter, waiting for the correct composition or light before he took his shot. This was usually followed by hours, days and even weeks in preparing a file for print such was his desire for perfection in his printing.

In Memory of Kevin Logan RIP

This Thursday night after the competition, we will celebrate the life and work of our deceased former member, Kevin Logan.
Would any members who have prints of his work in their homes please bring them along on the night for all to see.
In my early days as a member of the KPS, Kevin was an encouraging and inspiring figure.
I’m sure much more will be said in his honour on Thursday night.

Johnny Cuddihy

Robbie Reynolds Masterclass

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is showcasing the winners from the Press Photographers Association of Ireland.

The awards, which are open to members of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, celebrate the very best of Irish press photography. This stunning collection of images features nine categories; news, daily life & people, nature & the environment, politics, sports action, sports feature, portrait, art & entertainment and reportage. The winning photographs are on display until 28th May.

Award winning photographer Robbie Reynolds will hold a masterclass in the Centre for aspiring photographers on Saturday 27th May at 2pm . Places are limited so to register your interest please email info@macdonaghjunction.comor call 056-7777600

IPF National Club Championships

The IPF National Club Championships were held in Mullingar over the weekend. Kilkenny Photographic Society participated in the event and our entries were placed as follows:

5th in the Colour

8th in the Mono

Overall we came joint 8th out of 26 clubs.

Great weekend for KPS Members

This weekend was a huge success for Kilkenny Photographic Society as 5 of our members were successful at the Irish Photographic Federation distinctions sittings which were held in Mullingar on Saturday, 13th May. Well done to all those who applied for a distinction and congratulations to Patrick Quinn LIPF, Andrew Magan LIPF, Dan Ryan LIPF, (Licentiateship) Ned Mahon AIPF and Mark Desmond AIPF (Associateship). We look forward to viewing your successful panels soon. The help and support they received from other members of the club is greatly appreciated.

Change to weekly programme

Due to unforeseen circumstances the studio light workshop planned for this Thursday has been postponed until a later date. Instead members are invited to bring their photos on an usb key for projection and discussion. If you have any recent work or photos you would like to share with us please bring them to the meeting.

Winners of the Architecture Competition

We had a full house last night for the judging of the ARCHITECTURE competition. The judge was Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP from Wexford. Barry’s special interests lie in seascape and architectural photography and we were fortunate to have him as a guest speaker earlier in the year. His architectural work demonstrates a sublime style which marks him out as one of the exciting emerging talents in Irish photography.

TY Photography Awards Night 2017

Kilkenny Photographic Society is pleased to announce another successful Awards Night for the Transition Year Photography Competition. This is the 7th year of the competition. The event was held in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday, 27th April at 7.30pm.

This year’s competition attracted hundreds of photographs from transition year students in Kilkenny City and County. Their entries were judged by Amanda Burke LIPF and Karen O’ Hara AIPF, both members of Kilkenny Photographic Society. The top three photographs from each school and the overall five best photographs were announced on the night. We would like to thank Canon, White’s Pharmacy, Hennessy Sports, Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Photographic Society for their very generous sponsorship of this event.

INDUSTRIAL monthly competition

The closing date for the INDUSTRIAL theme (projected) has been extended to the 12th May. Files should be emailed to Please remember that your file name should be in the following format: Your Section_Your Membership Number_Title of Image.

Winners of TY Photography Competition 2017

Here are the winners of the TY Photography Competition 2017. A full report will follow soon.

Club Events for May 2017

Following are the club events planned for May.

4th May – Judging of ARCHITECTURE competition. It’s also the closing date for the next monthly competition – INDUSTRIAL (projected). This closing date may be extended. Please check website and Facebook for changes.

11th May – STUDIO LIGHT Workshop. Bring your camera and your own props. You will only be allowed use your own props.

TY Photography Awards Night

Kilkenny Photographic Society is pleased to announce its 7th Annual Awards Night for the Transition Year Photography Competition. The event will be held in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday, 27th April at 7.30pm.

This year’s competition attracted hundreds of photographs from transition year students in Kilkenny City and County. Their entries were judged by Amanda Burke, LIPF and Karen O’ Hara, AIPF. The top three photographs from each school and the overall five best photographs will be announced on the night. We would like to thank CANON, White’s Pharmacy, Hennessy Sports, Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Photographic Society for their very generous sponsorship of this event.

Upcoming Events

6th April – Brian Whelan, of Bermingham Cameras, will be in attendance at our weekly meeting with a range of photographic equipment that members can view and get up to date information of new releases etc. If you would like him to include any particular piece of equipment please contact Andy Magan. (

Winners of Macro Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Macro Competition. A large crowd attended the judging of this competition last Thursday night. The judge was Michael Russell a member of the Carlow Photographic Society who gave a very thorough assessment of the entries. Thanks Michael. Another winner on the night was club member, Patrick Quinn, who received a “mystery” prize for being the 1,000th member to sign the weekly attendance register since last September – an incentive of our Chairman, John Hughes, to encourage more members to attend meetings.

The winners of the Macro are as follows:

This week in the club

This week we will have a workshop on NIK Software. This is editing software and is still available for free from Google. It’s called Google Nik Collection and can be downloaded for free.

As it’s a plug-in, it’s not stand alone so, you will need to have either Lightroom or Photoshop installed on your computer. All those things done ( Nik Collection and Lightroom/ or Photoshop already installed) you can bring along your laptop to the meeting and follow the instructions, tips and tutorials on the night.

Please have your laptop fully powered as there may not be sufficient power sockets available.

KPS News Update

Congratulations to club member Eugene Canning LIPF on his success at the recent distinctions sittings in Portlaoise. We look forward to seeing Eugene’s successful panel in the near future.
We had another successful and very instructive studio lighting session in the club on Thursday, 9th March. Thanks to Derville, Ned and Mark for all their work in setting up the studio and for their help and guidance during the night. We were fortunate to have a good number of models on the night and thanks to all those who volunteered and patiently posed during the evening. Special thanks to Derville’s nephew, Ultan Conroy, for being so accommodating on the night.

Items for Sale

New items for sale – Canon 50D, Sigma 18-50 (F2.8) AND Sigma 10-20 (f4-5.6) lenses and accessories. Check out the shop here ‎

Britain in Focus – A Photographic History

This is a very interesting series that started tonight on BBC 4. Came across it by accident. Leading photographer and picture editor Eamonn McCabe will tell the remarkable story of Britain in Focus: A Photographic History. From the delicacy of Julia Margaret Cameron through to the satire of Martin Parr, Eamonn will look behind the lens to find out more about the artists and technology responsible for some of the most iconic images in British history and how a new generation of Instagrammers will shape our future attitudes towards photography.

Request for Photographs

“I’m writing in hopes of interesting either your camera club, or an individual in it to participate in providing photographs for a children’s picture book. The book is intended to provide comfort to children who have been traumatized.”

KPS News Update

Congratulations to all those who entered our recent monthly competition. The theme was “Creative” and our judge was Bill Power FIPF, EFIAP, ARPS and Irish Photographer of the Year 2016. The winners were: Karen O’ Hara (Advanced), Lukasz Piatkowski (Intermediate) and Fergus Alonso (Novice). We would appreciate copies of the winning entries (1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section) for our Competition Gallery. Please forward your winning entry to

Fuji XM 1 for sale

The following item is for sale – Fuji XM 1 Camera. It includes 3 batteries, charger and a leather finish/strap. Please check out the website if you are interested in this item. Full details here >

Change to February Calendar

The calendar of events for February/March has been amended since last posting today. Please check the website for updates.

Upcoming Events – February

KPS Events

9th February – “Images from South Africa” – Illustrated talk by Larry Weymss LIPF

16th February – Members’ Night – Bring in your photos and get feedback.

23rd February – Judging of “Creative” Competition

Monthly Competition February – MACRO – Projected. The closing date is 2nd March

Malahide Camera Club Exhibition 2017

Malahide Camera Club will hold its annual photography exhibition in the Parish Centre, Malahide, from 10th to 24th February. Members of KPS are invited to the official opening of the exhibition which takes place on Friday, 10th February at 7.00 pm.

Window Light Competition Winners

Congratulations to all those who entered our latest monthly competition – Window Light. There was a large number of entries at each ability level which is a very encouraging sign for the club. We were honoured to have club member, Seamus Costelloe FIPF, ASIFGP, as our judge. Seamus is one of Ireland’s leading wedding and fashion photographers and has conducted portrait and lighting workshops and masterclasses all over the world.

Dates for your diary.

Here are some dates for your diary!

26th January: Judging of the “Window Light” Competition.

31st January: Closing Date for Mayor’s Cup Competition.

2nd February: Monochrome Printing from an old 35mm film negative
Workshop with John Hughes, KPS Chairman.

9th February: “Images from South Africa” – Larry Wemyss LIPF

The Lord Mayor’s Cup 2017

With just over a week to go, the closing date for the Kilkenny Photographic Society’s new Mayor’s Cup 2017 is fast approaching. The closing date is 31/01/2017. Your entries can be uploaded to the Kilkenny Photographic Society Picturk platform: .
It is an annual award made to the member of Kilkenny Photographic Society who, in the opinion of the judging panel, produces a powerful visual storytelling image about anyone, anything, anywhere about County Kilkenny. Show the significant and the invisible, the urban, the rural and the remote, humanity or wildlife. Your interpretation of County Kilkenny through your image! Show what matters to you! Your image must be taken in the County of Kilkenny and your image entry must be taken during the year 2016.

Updated Events Calendar

The Kilkenny Photographic Society Events Calendar has been updated until the end of April 2017. You can view it here: ‎. The events listed are subject to change. You will be notified of any changes.

Some upcoming Events and Competitions:

Environmental Portrait Competition

Next Thursday, 24th November, we will have the judging of the Environmental Portrait Competition. This was a projected competition. See you in the Pembroke Hotel at 8pm

National Shield 2016 and KPS

The National Shield Competition 2016 was held last Saturday, 12th November in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. 25 clubs participated in the competition and word is that the standard of photographs was extremely high. Kilkenny Photographic Society entered 2 panels – one colour and one black and white. The black and white panel came 7th overall and the colour panel 13th. We were placed 12th overall in the competition. Congratulations to those members whose photographs were selected for the panels and who represented us in the competition. Thanks to the selection committee – Andy, Derville, Karen, Ned and Mark who did so much work in preparing the panel and to all those who helped with boards, mounting photographs etc or who attended the event in support of our entry – John Cuddihy, Fiona Long, Ann Dowling, Patrick Quinn, Pat Brennan, Dieter Rowe Setz, Billy Culleton, Ian Dolan, Mark Desmond, John Hughes and Brian Deering.. Indeed the contribution of KPS members to the successful running of the competition was commented on. Below are the two panel and these can also be viewed here. ‎

Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP

This week’s guest photographer is Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP. His areas of special interest are seascapes and architectural photography. Barry is a member of Wexford Camera Club. As an architectural technician, Barry had an innate eye for architectural photography. He achieved his LIPF in 2015 with an outstanding panel of work, and earlier this summer was a worthy recipient of an AFIAP distinction. His architectural work demonstrates a sublime style which marks him out as one of the exciting emerging talents in Irish photography.

We look forward to his presentation this Thursday, 17th November, at 8pm in the Pembroke Hotel.

Portrait Lighting Workshop

Last night, 10th November, we had a very instructive and practical workshop on Portrait Lighting. Our panel of experts had two studio set-ups for us to practise our skills. Thanks to the expertise and guidance of Mark, Derville, Andy and John who brought us through our paces and gave us useful tips along the way.

In the Spotlight: Seamus Costelloe FIPF ASIFG

In the recent issue of the IPF Newsletter the featured photographer was one of our own members, Seamus Costelloe. Seamus IS a founding member of Kilkenny Photographic Society and he is well known to many of us as a very distinguished, award-winning photographer but also as A member who shares his expertise with the club and encourages us in our love of photography. Following is the interview with Seamus. You can subscribe to the IPF Newsletter. Visit and enter your name and email under SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER.

The Mayor’s Cup 2017

Kilkenny Photographic Society is delighted to announce a new annual photography competition,The Mayor’s Cup, for members of the KPS. The aim of the competition is to promote photography in our communities and to showcase County Kilkenny through the medium of photography.

National Shield 2016

Preparations are well underway for the National Shield Competition that will be held this Saturday, 12th November in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. There are 25 clubs participating in the competition and word is that the standard of photographs is extremely high and well worth seeing.

KPS Distinctions Handout

Following on from the very successful workshop on the Distinctions process conducted by John Cuddihy AIPF and Karen O’ Hara AIPF, ARPS we would like to share their handout from the evening. The handout covers the types of distinctions from Licentiate to Fellowship; why apply for a distinction and how to get there avoiding the common mistakes and pitfalls.

Studio Lighting Workshop

This Thursday, 10th November, the club will host another in-house workshop. The theme is studio lighting and members are advised to bring their camera and any props that might enhance the experience. The workshop will be very hands-on and we hope you will learn on the job!

Printing with Canon Ireland

Kilkenny Photographic Society was delighted to welcome Bermingham Cameras, Canon – Ireland and Michael O’Sullivan FIPF, FRPS to Kilkenny last Thursday evening to give our members an introduction to printing. Brian Whelan of Bermingham Cameras introduced the current line up of Canon printers, Pixma Pro-10s, Pro-1 & Pro-1000.

Patterns/Textures Winners

Here are some of the winning photographs in the first of our monthly competitions. The theme was “Patterns/Textures” and it was a print competition. Winners of the monthly competitions will be featured in our GALLERY section. Winners should forward their winning photos to the webmaster – – to be included in the GALLERY. The winners of our second competition – Environmental Portrait – will be announced at our meeting on 24th November. The theme for the December competition is “Window Light” and this is a PRINT competition.

Canon Printing Workshop

Next Thursday, 3rd November, Michael O’Sullivan FIPF, FRPS and President of the IPF will present a Canon Printing Workshop to the members and hopefully Shane Cowley from Canon Ireland will also be in attendance. This will be a very practical session for members.

Winners of Patterns/Textures Print Competition

Well done to all the members who entered our first monthly competition. This was a print competition and the theme was Patterns/Textures. Thanks to Linda Nolan from Carlow Photographic Society who judged the competition and for her constructive feedback to the members.

IPF Distinction Sitting

The IPF Distinction Sitting scheduled for Saturday, 24th September, will take place in the Slip Hall, inside the entrance to Celbridge House which is at the end of Main Street, Celbridge. Assessments will begin at 10.00 am and panels should be brought to the venue between 09.00 and 09.30. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE OF VENUE.

Please check for directions.

Monthly Competition Rules & Regulations

The themes for the monthly competitions can be viewed under KPS Events Calendar > Monthly Themes for 2016/2017. The Rules and Regulations for these competitions can now be downloaded from the Members Area > Downloads.

KPS Calendar of Events

The programme of events for September and October is now complete. Click into KPS Events Calendar, then Monthly Calendar. Select the month you wish to view. At the bottom of the page you will find BIOS of some of our special guest speakers.

Monthly Themes for 2016/2017

Check out the themes for the monthly competitions 2016/2017

Tallaght International Salon of Photographic Art 2016

Entries are being accepted for The 26th International Salon of Photographic Art 2016 which again will be accredited by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) – Reg No: 2016/115 and The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP 2016/196).

Syngenta Photography Competition

The Syngenta Photography Award is an international competition that seeks to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges through powerful photography.


The AGM of the Society will take place in the Pembroke Hotel on Thursday, 15th September, at 8p.m. Nominations for the committee and motions or amendments must be forwarded to the Chairman before the meeting.

Scott Kelby’s Dublin Photowalk

Scott Kelby is an American photographer and an author and publisher of periodicals dealing with photography and Adobe Photoshop software, specifically for design professionals, photographers, and artists. Would you like to join Scott Kelby’s 9th Annual WorldWide Photowalk 2016 in Dublin and explore and photograph Dublin City, with its beautiful buildings, Architecture and the very cool, hip area known as Temple Bar?

IPF Nature Group Workshop in Enniscorthy

The Nature Group's objective is the promotion of excellence in all forms of nature photography, and with this in mind we will be running a Nature Photography Workshop for clubs in the South East. It is scheduled for Sunday 23rd October, 2016 in the Riverside Park...


Kilkenny Photographic Society (KPS) is a medium-sized association of photographers with skill levels from beginner to professional. New members (Adults 18yrs and over)are always welcome of any ability from beginners to advanced.  KPS is a member of the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and the (Irish) Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC) and participates in their competitions. Members also compete in international Photographic Salon competitions. Members are encouraged to pursue accreditations in photography from the IPF.


Throughout the year KPS invites a number of guest speakers to Kilkenny to cover the multitudes of subjects ranging from “How to” sessions through to inspirational talks about their experiences or activities within photography. 

POTY Competition

Each year we hold a Photographer of the Year (PotY) competition. A series of themed competitions, including print and projected, are held and the marks accumulated to find the KPS winning member. The aim of the POTY  is to have experienced judges providing valuable guidance and feedback to help you learn, and develop your skills.​ The POTY competition covers three levels of skill – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.


The current meeting place for Kilkenny Photographic Society is in the Pembroke Hotel, Business Centre, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny, R95 VNP4, [056] 7783500.
The society meets on Thursday evenings with the formal programme commencing at 8 pm sharp. The room is opened by 7:30pm to prepare for the meeting. It is requested that all mobile phones and other electronic equipment are switched off before the meeting starts.


Studio lighting workshops, take place about twice a year. Members form into small groups and members can learn more about lighting setups, model posing, modifying lights and many other areas of the studio setup. These hands-on events offer a great opportunity to tap into the extensive skills and knowledge of other members


In August each year the Society participates in the Kilkenny Arts Festival extravaganza by holding an exhibition of members images as a fringe event over a period of ten days!


Our aim is to serve our members by encouraging the development of their photographic skills through education, exhibitions of photographic accomplishments, friendship with others who share a love of photography and to share our talents with individuals and organisations in our community.


A range of enthusiastic practical evenings where members have the opportunity to learn more about their camera, how to improve their photographs, and many other aspects of photography in a fun environment.


The KPS TY COMPETITION was established to promote photography in the secondary schools in Kilkenny, primarily amongst Transition Year Students. The annual event has grown from strength to strength and now has more than 20 schools in Kilkenny City and county participating. We are proud to announce that this year’s competition is sponsored by St Canice’s Credit Union.


Pembroke Hotel

Business Centre

11 Patrick Street




Thursdays: 20:00pm-22:00pm
Public Holidays: Closed