Camera Icon - Transition YearThe KPS Student Transition Year Photography Competition 2014 was held it the Newpark Hotel last Thursday (April 03) and marked the 4th year of this unique and very successful event.

Gallery of Images from the Awards Presentation
(You must be a logged-in KPS member to view the gallery)

The event was opened by KPS Chairman, Richie Dwyer. Richie welcomed the special guests, students, parents and teachers and supporters of the event. Special guests included Mark Sedwick and Niamh Whitty from the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and competition sponsor representatives, Tadhg Leonard (Nikon Ireland) and Kieran White (Whites Pharmacy, Kilkenny).

MC for the evening was Dr. John Cuddihy AIPF, IPF President

The first part of the evening was a presentation of her photographic work by Niamh Whitty FIPF. Niamh holds a Fellowship for the IPF which is the highest recognition of merit awarded by the Federation. Using her printed images as an illustration, Niamh took the audience through her journey in photography from her early images for her initial IPF accreditation through to the panel of images which earned her a Federation Fellowship. The audience were greatly entertained by her interesting story and the wonderful images she presented. She encourage the students present to continue to pursue their photographic ambitions and develop their talents. There’s no doubt Niamh’s story and her wonderful images will served as an inspiration for the students present.

Mark Sedgwick was the judge again this year and entertained all present with his insightful and entertaining critique of the competition images. His overarching observation was that many of the images demonstrated creativity and talent and that the standard had increased from previous years.
Mark holds an IPF Fellowship and is a former president of the Federation.

Digital version of the images were projected throughout Mark’s commentary and all the competition images, which had been printed by Whites Pharmacy, were on display in the hall through evening.

Mark’s critique was followed by the awarding of prizes to the competition winners:

  • 1st Place      Keely Lambe, St Brigid’s College, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
  • 2nd Place    Sean Delaney, Duiske College, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
  • 3rd Place    Jack Lawlor, Kilkenny CBS 

(The three winning images can be seen at the end of this post).

Nikon Representative, Tadhg Leonard, awarded the 1st prize of a Nikon dSLR to Keely.

To round off the evening a raffle was held for some great prizes sponsored by KPS, Whites Pharmacy, The Book Centre and the Office Centre.

John Cuddihy concluded the evening by thanking all how attended and participated, particularly the competitors, guests, parents and teachers.
A special word of thanks went to KPS member Donal Byrne without who’s trojan work and drive the competition would not be the outstanding success that it is.

KPS members David Barrie and Hugo Reidy also contribute greatly to the success of the evening. David took on the responsibility of organising the projected versions of the competition images, and Hugo acted as KPS official photographer at the event and thanks to Hugo’s work we have a Gallery of Images from the night.
(You must be a logged in KPS member to view the gallery)

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Prize Winners

Keely Lambe receiving 1st  Plance PrizeKeely Lambe receiving her 1st place prize from Tadhg Leonard and Jack Lawlor with his 3rd Place Prize
Left to right: Kieran White (Whites Pharmacy), Tadhg Leonard (Nikon Ireland), Keely Lambe (1st Place), Jack Lawlor (3rd Place), Richie Dwyer (KPS Chairman)

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Winning Images

1st Place - Keely Lambe1 st Place Image by Keely Lambe

2nd Place - Sean  Delaney

2nd Place Image by Sean Delaney

3rd Place - Jack Lawlor

3rd Place Image by Jack Lawlor

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