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.
Chairman, John Hughes, welcomed all the members and invited guests – Councillor Eamon Aylward, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Councillors Matt Doran and Malcolm Noonan and Mary Mulholland (Director of Services), Marion Acreman who is Manager of MacDonagh Junction and Chairperson of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, Denis Drennan, Fergus Horgan, Angela Campion, Mairead Rohan of the LEADER programme and Dr. Liam Lysaght who is Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
A special word of thanks was expressed to Marion Acreman for providing the excellent venue for the exhibition and for her continued support of KPS. The representatives of LEADER were thanked for their generous grant towards the new display boards. Everyone commented on the quality of the boards and how they enhanced the photographic displays. Chairman, John Hughes, also thanked Andy Magan and his team for all their hard work in organising and co-ordinating such a successful exhibition. He also thanked club treasurer, Bernadette Marnell, for all her hard work in securing the LEADER grant for the new display boards. He then called on Councillor Eamon Aylward to officially open the 35th Annual Exhibition.
Councillor Aylward spoke of the diversity and quality of the work on display and congratulated all the exhibiting members. He also spoke of the important role played by Kilkenny Photographic Society in recording the social history of Kilkenny. One of our longest held dreams is a permanent home for Kilkenny Photographic Society and he hinted that good news in this regard will soon be coming our way.
It was then down to some serious business as the results of the Photographer of the Year Awards in each category were announced:
Gold: PotY 2018 Advanced 1st Derville Conroy LIPF LRPS AFIAP
Silver: PotY 2018 Advanced 2nd Denis O’Reilly LIPF
Bronze: PotY 2018 Advanced 3rd Eamon Wall LRPS
Gold: PotY 2018 Intermediate 1st Bernie Kelly
Silver: PotY 2018 Intermediate 2nd Petr Petr
Bronze: PotY 2018 Intermediate 3rd Ted Hughes
Gold: PotY 2018 Novice 1st Margaret Moylan
Silver: PotY 2018 Novice 2nd Michael Joseph
Bronze: PotY 2018 Novice 3rd Moira Fulton
The overall winner of the Plaque + Gold Medal and title of Photographer of the Year 2018 is Derville Conroy LIPF LRPS AFIAP. Well done Derville and congratulations to all the other winners.