KPS Events Calendar 2016 - 2017

The calendar for 2016/2017 will be populated in the near future. In the meantime refer to LATEST NEWS and THEMES FOR 2016/2017

The theme for this month’s competition is PATTERN/TEXTURE. This is a PRINT competition. Members may, if they wish, enter TWO photos. Closing date is 29th September

1st September:  First meeting of the ClubYear

8th September: Information Night on Monthly Themes

15th September: Club AGM at 8pm

22nd September: GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA night at 7pm. Bring along your camera and have the experts answer your questions. Suitable for beginners or those who need help with camera features. At 8pm Niall Hirsh will give a workshop on MACRO photography.

24th September: IPF Distinctions Sittings. Please note that this sitting will now take place in Slip Hall, Celbridge Hall, Main Street, Celbridge at 10.00 am. Panels must be hung between 09.00 and 09.30.

29th September: Members Night: Bring along your photos (print or projected) and get some feedback from the members. Also bring along any camera gear you might have for sale. CLOSING DATE FOR PATTERN/TEXTURE PRINT COMPETITION.   





Monthly Competition Theme


6th October: Workshop on preparing for a Licentiate Panel – John Cuddihy AIPF and Karen O’ Hara AIPF, ARPS

13th October: Workshop with Gabriel O Shaughnessy MFIAP, FIPF, FRPS, EFIAP/b from Dundalk Camera Club

20th October: “Hugo’s Journey to Yellowstone Park” – Hugo Reidy LIPF

23 October – Irish Nature Group Workshop in Enniscorthy

27th October:  Judging of the Patterns/Texture Competition (Print) + Closing date for Environmental Portrait Competition

Monthly Competition Theme

3rd November:  Canon Printing Workshop with Michael O’ Sullivan FIPF, FRPS. Sponsored by Canon Ireland and Birmingham Cameras

10th November: Studio Light Workshop (bring your camera)

12th November: IPF National Shield in Clarion Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork City

17th November: Seascape and Architecture Workshop  – Print and Projected with Barry Walsh, Wexford Camera Club

26th November: IPF Distinctions Sittings, LIT Thurles

24th November: Judging of “Environmental Portrait” Competition

26th November: IPF Distinction Sitting, LIT, Nenagh Road, Thurles. Starting at 10.00 am



Monthly Competition Theme

1st December: Night time photo shoot – Christmas Lights in and around Kilkenny

8th December:   Rikki O’ Neill  (FRPS, MPAGB, FIPF, FOPF, SPF)  – One of Scotland’s top creative photographers

15th December: Workshop on Studio Lighting – Ross Mc Kelvey MPAGB, FIPF, EFIAP/S, ABPE (Catchlight Camera Club, Belfast)

22nd December: Bowling at KBowl at 7.30pm and drinks afterwards in Harry’s Bar, Langton House Hotel.

29th December:  CLOSED

Monthly Competition Theme

5th January: Members’ Night – Show your photos from the night shoot  This is also the closing date for the Window Light competition (Print)

12th January – “Images from Santorini, Greece 2016” – Niall Hirsch, club member

19th January: Macro Workshop – Derville Conroy LIPF, club member. Things to photograph on a dark winter’s evening.

26th January: Judging of the “Window Light” competition

Monthly Competition Theme

2nd February: Monochrome Printing from an old 35mm film negative – Workshop with John Hughes, KPS Chairman. THIS IS ALSO THE CLOSING DATE FOR 4TH MONTHLY COMPETITION – CREATIVE (PROJECTED)

9th February:  Members Night – bring in your images and get feedback. Very useful for novices

16th February: “My Favourite Photographers”  Illustrated talk by John Cuddihy AIPF

23rd February: Judging of the “Creative” competition (projected) – Bill Power FIPF, EFIAP

Monthly Competition Theme

2nd March: “Images from South Africa” Illustrated talk by Larry Weymss LIPF.  This is also the closing date for the MACRO competition. (PROJECTED)

9th March: Studio Light Workshop – Derville Conroy LIPF, Ned Mahon LIPF, Mark Desmond LIPF. Bring your own camera and your own props. You are only allowed use your own props.

16th March: The Old Triangle – F stop, Shutter Speed and ISO.

23rd March: Nik Software Workshop – How to use the NIK filters in post processing.

30th March: Judging of the MACRO competition – PROJECTED.

Monthly Competition Theme

6th April: Bermingham Cameras – Camera Display and Information Evening. This is the closing date for the Architecture competition. (Projected)

13th April: CLUB CLOSED

20th April: Dominic Reddin  from Mountmellick Camera Club will present his Fellowship Panel.

27th April: Transition Year Photography Exhibition and Awards Night – Springhill Hotel at 7.00pm

Monthly Competition Theme

4th May – Judging of ARCHITECTURE competition. It’s also the closing date for the next monthly competition – INDUSTRIAL (projected)

11th May – STUDIO LIGHT Workshop. Bring your camera and your own props.

13th May – DISTINCTION SITTING in Mullingar Arts Centre. Some members of the club will be applying for a distinction at this sitting.

18th May – NIGHT TIME SHOOT. Venue yet to be decided.

25th May – Judging of the INDUSTRIAL COMPETITION


1st June – Display of successful L and A Panels from the recent distinctions sitting in Mullingar

8th June – Judging of the Mini Panel for Cats

15th June – Water Drop Macro Workshop – Derville Conroy LIPF

22nd June – Members Night – Photoshoot of Kilkenny by night.

29th June – KPS Summer Outing to Copper Coast. Meet Woodies car park at 7.00 pm

3rd July – Closing date for entries of photos for selection for promotional poster for KPS Annual Exhibition

4th July – Last day for registering for KPS Annual Exhibition. You must be a fully paid member to register. Register by email to

6th July – Inofrmation Meeting and draw for Exhibition Spaces for Annual Exhibition – Pembroke at 8.00 pm

11 – 20th August – 34th KPS Annual Exhibition – MacDonagh Junction

Gabriel O' Shaughnessy MFIAP, FIPF, FRPS, EFIAP/b

Gabriel O’ Shaughnessy – Photographer Dundalk Camera Club

gabrielI have been interested in photography from an early age and I got my first camera when I was in my late teens. It was not until I joined Dundalk Photographic Society that I developed a true appreciation for the wonderful art of photography. Photography quickly became more of an obsession than a hobby. To this day my enthusiasm has not waned.
I joined the Society in 1994 and was elected Chairman in 1998. As Chairman I strived to raise the profile and standing of our society both in our own community and in the world of photography. After completing a three year term as Chairman I became Competition Secretary for nine years and also acted as a club selector for much of that time.
In 2009 I was re-elected Chairman and in this year I was happy to oversee the production of our acclaimed 30th Anniversary year book “The Art of Photography”. In 2010 I was honoured to be Chairman when our club became the first Irish club to win the FIAP Clubs World Cup.
I have contributed to Irish photography by lecturing on a regular basis throughout Ireland and the UK. I have also adjudicated at local, national and international level.  I served on the National council for three years and also adjudicated on our national distinction board at Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship levels. I continue to be inspired by my fellow FIAP photographers through the works produced in FIAP salons and catalogues. I also hope that my images may also inspire others to achieve their goals in the art of photography.
Some Achievements

  • Over 40 awards in National competitions including 10 IPF Gold medals.
  • Twice winner of best image in Tallagh International Salon.
  • Over 400 international Acceptances
  • Over 40 awards in International Salons including 5 FIAP GOLD Medals,  2 SILVER and 1 BRONZE also 8 FIAP Ribbons.
  • 2005 ; Awarded AFIAP Distinction.
  • 2006 ; Awarded ARPS Distinction for Visual Art , Black and white Portrait panel.
  • 2008; Awarded EFIAP distinction.
  • Gained Fellowship in the Irish Photographic Federation for Colour travel Panel on Vietnam.
  • 2009; Awarded EFIAP/bronze distinction.
  • 2010; Gained Fellowship distinction in the Royal Photographic Society for Visual Arts panel on Old Irish Interiors.
  • 2011; Awarded MFIAP Distinction.
Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF EFIAP/S ABPE – Awarded over 150 Medals in National & International Exhibitions since 2010 


rossPhotography has been my passion for several years. Since joining a local camera club in approximately 1999, photography has become a real passion for me, and I regularly compete in National and International Photographic Salons – mostly in Print sections. My most successful genre is probably portraiture, but I enjoy everything from landscape to still life and digital composites. I founded Catchlight Camera Club in Belfast in September 2012, and served as Chairman for the first 2 years – winning the Top Club in NIPA Title in 2014, and becoming the first N.Ireland camera club ever to win the Plate Compeition at the UK Print Championships at Connahs Quay in October 2013. We followed this in 2014, by becoming the first ever Club from N.I to qualify for the Final of the competition, and finished 5th overall. 

In April 2013 I became only the second photographer from N.Ireland to obtain the Master Award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB) – an award which is judged to “the Highest Standards of UK Amateur Photography.”
In May 2014 I was awarded the Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation (FIPF) – the highest award they confer, for a Panel of 20 monochrome portrait prints.
In June 2015 I received the Excellence FIAP Bronze (EFIAP/B) distinction from the Federation Internationale De l’Art Photographique, in recognition of having 350+ prints accepted into at least 20 different Countries, collecting numerous awards and medals along the way.
Barry Walsh LIPF AFIAP - Wexford Camera Club

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. Barry’s special interests lie in seascape and architectural photography. His architectural work demonstrates a sublime style which marks him out as one of the exciting emerging talents in Irish photography.


rikki2Rikki O’Neill is a digital artist, illustrator and photographer with many years of experience. His works can be seen in numerous children’s books and in art galleries around the country. Rikki is also an award-winning photographer, nationally and internationally. He has combined his artistic and photographic skills for more than 35 years to produce monochrome and colour prints and now embraces working digitally enjoying the creative freedom that it provides. Rikki is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), a fellow in the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and is on the Roll of Honour of the Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF).

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