Book Cover / Movie Poster Competition (2021)

We have the results of our fifth PoTY competition, with our ‘Book Cover / Movie Poster’ competition. There was a fantastic mix of interpretations and approaches for the topic. Thank you to all the members who entered images and congratulations to all the winners! A big thank you to our judge last night, Bob Given, who has requested his judging fee be donated to charity. KPS will pass this donation onto KSPCA on Bob’s behalf.

For this competition, members could pick an existing book or movie or make up one of their own. 


1st   Denis O’Reilly, ‘Mother Goose’

2nd  Bernie Kelly, ‘Guide to Cyanotype Printing’

3rd   Derville Conroy, ‘Dandelion Wine’


1st   Eamon McArdle, ‘Book Cover’

2nd  Carla Ennis, ‘Swan Lake’

3rd   Anne Dowling, ‘Step by Step Dancing for the Birds Guide’


1st   Laura Carmen, ‘Musemag’

Macro / Close Up (2021)

We have the results of our ‘Macro / Close Up’ competition. There was 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.

Macro is extreme close-up photography usually of very small subjects in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. Close up is a type of shot that tightly frames an object and shows all the details.


1st    Ned Mahon, ‘Damselfly 9’
2nd  John Cuddihy, ‘Insect on a Tulip’
3rd   Mary Hickey, ‘Stars Beneath our Feet’

Advanced Highly Commended:
Petr Petr, ‘Common Housefly’

Advanced Highly Commended:
Hugo Reidy, ‘Orange Tip Butterfly’


1st    Carla Ennis, ‘Flee Fly Foe’
2nd  Niall Hirsch, ‘Rough Day’
3rd   PadrIc Meade, ‘Seed’

Intermediate Highly Commended:
Fiona Long, ‘Wire Detail’

Intermediate Highly Commended: 
Eamon McArdle, ‘Mushroom’


1st    Laura Carmen, ‘Mister Admiral’

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.


1st    Hugo Reidy, ‘Tim Sullivan’
2nd  Mark Desmond, ‘Cossack’
3rd   Johnny Cuddihy, ‘Wrapt in Conversation’


1st    Carla Ennis, ‘Watching You’
2nd  Fiona Long, ‘Rachelle’
3rd   Anne Phelan, ‘Tunnel Vision’


1st    Laura Carmen, ‘Rose Abbey’
2nd  Claire Kenny, ‘Boatman’
3rd   Canice Ryan, ‘Me and My Dog’

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.


1st  Matt Whitby ‘Highbank Orchard Spirit’
2nd John Cuddihy ‘Shallots’
3rd  Ned Mahon ‘Death on the Mountain’


1st  Carla Ennis ‘Simply Garlic’
2nd Penny Newbery ‘Wedding Day’
3rd  Billy Culleton ‘Evening Treat’


1st  Laura Carmen ‘The Elements’
2nd Claire Kenny ‘Brass’
3rd Mairee Ryan ‘Memento’

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 the entries.


1st  Ned Mahon, ‘Living in the Past’
2nd Denis O’Reilly, ‘Beetroot’
3rd  Mark Desmond, ‘Bowler’
3rd  Bernie Kelly, ‘Still Waiting’


1st  Liam Kirwan, ‘Sculpture’
2nd Eamon McArdle, ‘Relaxation’
3rd  Billy Culleton, ‘Just Out of Reach’


1st  Canice Ryan, ‘Blackmill Street’ 
2nd Laura Carmen, ‘Evening Falls’

Winners ‘Reflection’ POTY Competition

Congratulations to our winners of the January Projected Competition – ‘Reflection’. We would also like to thank our judge Mr John Bermingham for judging the competition.

Results were as follows:

1st Dan Ryan – Lake Reflection
2nd Johnny Cuddihy – Barcelona Mirrors
3rd Hugo – Reidy Dee

1st Fiona Long – My World
2nd Petr Petr – Reflection on aging
3rd Billy Culleton – Waiting for the cup to be lifted

1st Penny Newbery – Cillian
2nd Peter Seymour – Gallop
3rd Fergus Alonso – Gypsophila

Winners ‘Open’ POTY Competition 2019

October 2019 Results:


1st Place: Mark Desmond ‘Eye on the Ball’

2nd Place: Suzanne Behan ‘Pine Marten’


3rd Joint Place: Michael Joseph ‘Repair wounds’

3rd Joint Place: Rue Ahmed ‘Agnieszka’


1st Place:Petr Petr ‘Long way to the dream’

2nd Place: Billy Culleton ‘Distraught after final loss’

3rd Place: Mark Roberts ‘Funicular’

3rd Place: Ted Hughes ‘Jana’


1st Place: Penny Newbery ‘Pelican’

2nd Place: Eamon McArdle ‘Tricyling’

Kilkenny Photographic Society would like to thank this months judge Emmanuelle Galisson from Portlaosie Camera Club who had the difficult job of judging this months competition entries.


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 has been published on the website. Please check it our here


“While every care is taken in drawing up the KPS Programme of Events, the information given is, to the best of our knowledge, correct and complete at the time of publishing. The committee of KPS has the right to change the programme when deemed. necessary in the interests of the Society”.  – Andy Magan LIPF, AFIAP


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:


For the first time ever, the PermaJet Print Academy is coming to Ireland in association with Barker Photographic.

First established at PermaJet’s premises in Stratford-upon-Avon, the renowned training school has taught hundreds of photographers how to bring their images to life through the art of print around the UK.

Now you can join esteemed PermaJet Lecturer, Michael O’Sullivan, in multiple locations in Ireland. Michael is the Former Chairman and founder of Cork International Salon of Photography, past president of the Irish Photographic Federation, and is a very experienced photographer in both the amateur and professional arenas, having had his work published internationally.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about printing from one of Ireland’s most respected and well known photographers and fine art printers.


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.

Constitution Amendments_Motions_Proposals Form 2018

KPS Nomination Form Committee_2018


After the 6th Sept we’ll circulate the formal AGM notice, the agenda and motions for discussion.

Regards and see you next week.

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 seeing 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.



  1. Helping to clean up the venue and assembling the display boards on Tuesday evening the 7th August at 7 o’clock (we need at good number of members to help) 
  2. Posters will be available at the clean-up in MacDonagh Junction for anyone who wishes to distribute them.  
  3. The venue will be open from 10am to 9pm on Thursday 9th for setting up the exhibition. The NEW panel boards will require Velcro only (Hook and Loop Fasteners), at back of image and information document. The panels have the soft side – please remember to put the hard part of the Velcro on the back of your mounts. 
  4. Do not use the very heavy Velcro as this could damage the surface of the panels when taking down your images


For the venue to remain open we need all the Exhibitors that have not included their name in the time table to do so. 

The official opening of our exhibition takes place in MacDonagh Junction  on Friday, 10th August at 7pm. The opening will be performed by Cllr.Eamon Aylward, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council.

Photographer of the Year Awards will also be presented on the night.

Please contact the exhibition co-organiser Andy on 087 2331548 to add you name to the timetable.


Competition Secretary,

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 allocate spaces to exhibitors.  And while the good weather stays with us – 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:




The International Federation of Photographic Art
Today at the new FIAP approved exhibition centre in 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:
Derville Conroy – LIPF LRPS AFIAP
Ned Mahon – AIPF AFIAP
Andrew Magan – LIPF AFIAP
Well done and congratulations from all the members of Kilkenny Photographic Society.

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.


The runners-up in each section are featured below:

This week in the club

This Thursday night, 24th May, we will have the results of the “Dystopia” competition. There will also be a number of panels on display. Dieter Rowe-Setz and Denis O’ Reilly will 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. They have members from Blarney, Cobh and the Blackwater clubs travelling. They have two places left and Pascal wants to know if any member of Kilkenny Photographic Society is interested in going. If interested you 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 itinerary.


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.

More details here – BioD-Walks-2018-AT-2

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.


Points of Interest in Clare:

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 – 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:

  • 09:00 – 10:30 Hanging Panels.
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Judging (Gallery closed to public)
  • 10.00 – 15.00 Equipment Display by Hahnel.
  • 11.00 – 12.45 John Collins  – Guest Presentation.
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break (Print Gallery open 13.30 for public viewing)
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Results, judges review and presentation of awards.
  • 15.00 – 16.00 SACC AGM


Directions for Venue Click Here

The Art of Street Photography Exhibition

The following was received from Des Byrne.
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.
2nd June – 16th June.
Images can be taken anywhere in the world, but must be Candid. The selected Photographers will be contacted by the 1st of May & Judges decision is final.
A fee of €50.00 will apply if your image is selected, this fee helps fund the Exhibition.
Closing date for Submissions is 22nd April.
Kind Regards Des Byrne

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, Portlaoise.

Anne Dowling, Margaret Moylan and Lukasz Piatkowski 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 thought 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

Thursday 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.

Well done to all the members who entered the Long Exposure Competition and congratulations to the winners.

This week at the club

This week, 8th March, 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


Congratulations to the winners and to all those who entered the competition. The theme of the next monthly competition is “Long Exposure” (Projected) and the closing date is the 4th March.

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.

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.

Distinctions Workshop

The Drogheda Photographic Club will be running a Distinctions Workshop in Millmount Square, Drogheda on Saturday, 24th February 2018. The workshop starts at 10 am and finishes at 5pm with a lunch break from 1pm to 2pm. Three members of the IPF distinction’s assessing panel will be present to give advice on panels at all levels, Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship levels. Photographers attending for advice should bring along their proposed selected prints-10 for LIPF, 15 for AIPF and 20 for FIPF. Participants should also bring along some spare prints to be used if required. Digital images will not be looked at. Cost for participants with panel is €50, observers without panel €30.

Booking contact Chris Costello : Phone : 086 3812460

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.

4th February is the closing date for the next monthly competition – ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT (Projected). Entries should be emailed to the Competition Secretary –

Please remember to enter your details in the correct format:

Landscape Images should be sized to 1600px max on the long side.

Portrait Images should be sized to max 1200px on the long side.

Square Images should be sized to max 1200 x 1200 px

Your jpeg file should be named and include the following: Category – membership number – title   e.g. N_999_ Title of Image, I_999_ Title of Image, A_999_Title of Image.

Entries not conforming to this format may be deemed ineligible for the competition.


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.

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”.

The closing date for the “COLOUR” competition is Thursday, 11th January. This is a print competition and all prints must be mounted. 20×16 mounts are recommended. Official KPS Competition Labels will be available on the night of the 11th. If you are unable to hand in your prints this week or on the night of the 11th January please contact Andy Magan, the Competition Secretary, at

The next monthly competition is “Environmental Portrait” (Projected) and the closing date is the 4th February and judging on the 15th February.

Wishing you all a very happy and successful 2018.

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 may be subject to change so please check website and Facebook page for updates.



4th  Competition   – Colour – You pick one  (Print)   All images to be mounted

Closing Date:   11th January 2018  (Thursday KPS Club Night/ Hand in Images)

Judging on: 18th January 2018



5th   Competition  – Environmental Portrait  (Projected)

Closing Date:  4th February 2018 (Sunday)         

Judging on: 15th February 2018                 



6th   Competition –  Long exposure  (Projected)

Closing Date: 4th March 2018 (Sunday)                         

Judging on: 15th March 2018                        



7th  Competition – Street / Urban  (Projected)

Closing Date:  1st April (Sunday)                            

Judging on: 12th April  2018                         



8th  Competition –  Dystopia (Print –  All images to be mounted)

Closing Date: 10th May: (Thursday KPS Club Night/ Hand in Images)

 Judging on: 24th May 2018

All competitions are subject to the Kilkenny Photographic Society Rules

Keep an eye on the KPS Website plus Facebook page for updates. As competition theme and dates could be changed. The information included in this document is up to date to the best of my knowledge.                                                            

Competition Secretary

December 2017


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.


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).

Derville Conroy was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Mono Print Open (Advanced.)

Denis O’Reilly was awarded a Gold Medal in the Projected Open (non-advanced). Denis was also awarded an Honourable Mention in the Projected Open (Intermediate).

Dieter Rowe Setz was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Projected Open (non-advanced.) Dieter was also awarded an Honourable Mention in the Projected Open (Intermediate). There were lots of compliments from other clubs. It has been a great year for Kilkenny Photographic Society. Well done to all!!

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 was announced winner of the Best Colour Panel 2017.

Could things get any better? They did! Kilkenny was announced as the Most Improved Club 2017. Dare we dream of the ultimat 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!

Our thanks to all the members who submitted photos for selection for the National Shield Competition and to our selection committee who spent long hours selecting and printing photos and making sure our panels were in perfect condition to represent the KPS in this prestigious competition. All your hard work has paid off and was a major factor in our success.

Kilkenny Photographic Society – KPS are Irish Photographic Federation National Shield Champions 2017. The Shield is on its way to Kilkenny!

Overall Winners of the IPF National Shield 2017!

Best Colour panel 2017!

Most improved club 2017!

Individual Awards:

Richard Dore- Silver medal- Colour panel

Denis O’Reilly- Bronze Medal – Colour panel

Dieter Setz Rowe – HM – Colour panel.

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

Congratulations to the members of KPS whose photographs have been selected for the panels to represent the club. The full list of members is here <2017 IPF National Shield Entry Form v1> Also a very sincere thanks to the members of the selection committee who spent long hours in selecting and preparing photos for the panels.

We hope as many club members as possible will attend this event as it’s a great opportunity to view and assess the work of other clubs throughout the country.

Personal Projects Plan

White’s Photo Centre, in conjunction with Olympus, is holding a promotional event tonight, 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.

Within the limits of human reason, there are no deadlines, rules nor regulations in this venture. To this end, several longstanding members have offered to act as mentors in assisting others achieve their goals. This is a very broad and exciting development in the KPS but needs to be carefully planned and nurtured for the benefit of all club members on an ongoing basis. May 31st next has been earmarked as a Review Night to celebrate what has been achieved by members who wish to show their work, whether complete or still in progress.

Finally, several members are considering going forward for their IPF Licentiates. A set of “L mentors” are already in place who will be available to assist these members to this end. This will also be discussed Thursday night.

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.


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 in 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 to book or get further details –

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


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

“Triangle” –  GRADAC PGI Gold medal Canvas 2017 Montenegro

“Penguins on Ice 2” – Salon Silver 3rd BORNEO INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2017   Malaysia

“The Banner” – FIAP Silver Medal Photo Journey 2017 Czech Republic.


And  Łukasz won an Acceptance for “Shasta” and an Honorable Mention for “Time Traveller”

Just One Photo 2017 Jaroslaw
Acceptance – Picture : “Shasta

Categories : Professional – Special : Digitally Enhanced

IPA 2017 Honorable Mention – Picture :”Time Traveler”

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 especially in the genres of social documentary and nature photography.
In 2011, Des was awarded the Fenton Medal and Honorary Life Membership of the RPS for his services to Photography. Indeed Des can be found with his camera from the Muff Horse Fair to an Orange Parade in Belfast on July 12th. He is currently Chair of Distinctions in the IPF and is a Fellowship Assessor at the RPS.

Venue: The Pembroke Hotel, Patrick St., Kilkenny.
Time: Thursday Oct 12th, 8pm.
Admission: €5


Mark Desmond PRO Kilkenny Photographic Society

Crann – Trees for Ireland/Coillte Open Photographic  Competition  2017

Crann – 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

Our 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 if it suits you.


Photographic Trip to Wicklow

A number of KPS members are organising a photographic trip to Wicklow  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 hard 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.


Kilkenny’s Famine Experience Invitation

These people date from 1845 and represent a cross section of Kilkenny inhabitants that befell starvation and disease as a consequence of the Great Famine. As the local graveyards filled the decision was taken to bury them within the grounds of the workhouse. This burial ground was then covered over by a thick layer of soil and later used as the workhouse garden.

In 2005 the remains were discovered whilst the site was being prepared for the development of the Centre and they were removed under expert supervision and brought to the National Museum of Ireland. They were examined in detail by archaeologists from around the world and this research offered never seen before insights into the living conditions and cause of death for famine population in Ireland. This has been described as the most significant discovery in the World relating to the Irish Famine. They were returned to us in 2010 and rest in the Kilkenny Famine Memorial Garden at MacDonagh Junction.

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

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kind Regards,

Marion Acreman,

Centre Manager

Distinction Sittings 2017/2018 – IPF News

Distinction Sittings 2017/2018

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!


Event Date Venue
IPF Distinction Sitting September 23rd 2017 Visual, GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow
IPF Distinction Sitting November 25th 2017 LIT Thurles, Tipperary


The Peoples Photography Exhibition

Every year in August The Peoples Photography Exhibition is held on the railings of St. Stephens Green and for the last number of years the IPF has exhibited at it and this year is no exception. It’s a great time to see what the IPF does for photography in Ireland and meet and discuss photography with members of the Council.The People’s Photography Exhibition is a unique opportunity to enjoy a showcase of striking images in a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Dublin city. This Summer’s event features a diverse selection of work from enthusiasts, clubs and international award-winning professionals. Themes on display include landscape, monochrome, photojournalism, portraiture, creative, nature, analogue, digital and abstract.

This exhibition is the ideal option to do something different at the weekend and what’s even better, it benefits good causes. The exhibition, held each August for the last 30 years, is a significant national affair and has become the largest outdoor photographic exhibition in Ireland in terms of both the number of photographers involved and the number of works on view. The event is run on a non-profit making basis. After expenses are paid, donations are made to charity. Past donations have been made to the Dublin Simon Community and the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. Combined totals of more than €8,000 has been donated to each organisation from the proceeds of the exhibition over the last number of years.


Michael O’ Sullivan – Photography Workshops

If you are looking to learn from one of the masters of lighting, you’re in luck this August as Michael O’Sullivan is hosting two workshops is Cork! Book your place now to avoid disappointment as availability is strictly limited.  Check out Michael’s website  ( for more details and to view other upcoming workshops and events.

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.

Thursday, 3rd August – Cleaning of exhibition space and assembly of display boards. This will take place in the MacDonagh Junction venue at 7pm. We need the help of 20-30 members.

Thursday, 10th August – Setting up of exhibition in the MacDonagh Junction venue from 10am to 9pm. We need to set up a rota so that the venue is available to members during these hours to hang their photographs.

Supervision of Exhibition – Even at this late stage there are some members who are exhibiting but have not volunteered to take their turn in supervising during exhibition week. The exhibition must be supervised at all times and all exhibiting members are expected to do their bit to make this event a success. If you haven’t already volunteered to supervise please contact Andy Magan at

A  lot of members have given a considerable amount of their time to bring the exhibition to the high standard we now enjoy and we ask you to help in any way you can to ensure its success. if you require any further information please contact any of the following; John Hughes, Andy Magan, Derville Conroy, Mark Desmond

Exhibition Posters will be available on Thursday, 3rd August.

Wishing everyone a very successful exhibition.

John Hughes - Chairman



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.

The 2017 Hospital Exhibition during the Fringe has been kindly sponsored by Anne Conroy a good friend to Kilkenny Photographic Society and sister of KPS member Derville Conroy. All 14 images [mounted on 20”x16”mounts] on display are for sale and all monies received will be donated to St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny Art fund for future purchase of Art for display through out the Hospital.

Once again Kilkenny Photographic Society would like to express our gratitude to Anne for her kind donation to St Lukes Hospital.


On Behalf Of Kilkenny Photographic Society
Mark Desmond KPS P.R.O

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.

The theme of the 2018 calendar is Reflections.

Photographs must have a reflection as part or all of the subject. Reflections can be of anything and on any reflecting surface for example water, glass, metal etc.  Images must be in landscape orientation.


Submission should be received before 5pm on Friday 12th August 2017. Submissions after this date will not be considered.

Go on, get creative!!

Further details are available on Multiple Sclerosis Ireland website and also their terms and conditions. As with all competitions, please read and understand the terms and conditions before you enter.

To enter, email your image to and be aware of the following:

  • The orientation of the calendar images should be landscape
  • Images should be submitted as high quality jpgs, 2400 pixels on longest side
  • Include your name, address, contact number & email with your entry
  • Include you camera club and a short caption for the image with your entry


The Irish Photographic Federation are very proud to be involved in this project once again this year and look forward to seeing another beautiful calendar being produced with your support.

Thank you to all who entered last year.

From MS Ireland:

“The money raised would be used to fund local services like individual and family support; exercise and physiotherapy programme; and information and support events. MS is a progressive, neurological condition which affects 8,000 families in Ireland. There is no cure for MS and as treatments are limited appropriate and timely support offered by MS Ireland is vital.”

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.

 6th July ​ 2017​

An information night and the draw for exhibition space will take place in the Pembroke Hotel at 8. 00 pm.

 Exhibition Poster 2017 

The exhibition committee would invite members to submit one landscape orientated image for consideration for use as a promotional poster for this year’s exhibition. The final image or images will be picked by KPS members during the exhibition information night on the 6th July 2017. The theme is open. Closing date for entries is the Monday 3rd of July 2017. Society competition rules will apply. Please email your entry to

Please keep an eye on the KPS web site ​and our Facebook P​age for more information and regular updates!

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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 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!

Life through Mirrors – John Cuddihy AIPF


“Quite by chance in my wanderings through Barcelona, I came across Els Encants, a large, modern and open sided structure enclosing a then deserted flea market. The ceiling was composed of multi-angled mirrors of different shapes. The view from underneath reflected everyday objects and city life going on around me. Hence the duplication and distortion of figures getting on with their daily lives. This body of work shows my personal take on life around Els Encants.”


John Cuddihy AIPF, June 2017.

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.



There was a large number of entries from each category – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Thanks to the organisation and hard work of Derville, Andy, Eamon , Lukasz and Mark and Chairman, John everything ran smoothly and efficiently on the night. Each of the panels was judged individually. Some members submitted a statement with their panel and these were read by Chairman, John Hughes. There was a huge variety of themes from portraiture, landscape, street photography, architecture, nature and macro and the judges were impressed with the overall standard of work presented. Their comments were constructive and designed to encourage the entrants to continue on their distinctions journey with some valuable tips on how to improve.



This was the first time that such an event was held in the club and the overall response from the members was that more of the same would be welcomed. Congratulations and thanks to all the members who entered. Here are the winners and their winning panels:



1st           Fiona Long

2nd          Margaret Moylan

2nd          Ann Dowling

3rd           David Kelly

Fiona Long – Novice Winner



1st           Denis O’Reilly

2nd          Lukasz Piatkowski

3rd           Dieter Rowe Setz


1st           Eamon Wall LRPS

2nd          Andy Magan LIPF

3rd           Patrick Quinn LIPF


Eamon Wall – Advanced Winner

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.

We will also have a short input on mounting and printing for our annual exhibition during the Arts Festival in August. You might be interested in Carlow Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition – EXPOSURE – which will be held from 7th – 13th June. The venue is opposite Carlow Library.

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. Many of the members, who knew him well from his days in Kilkenny, shared their own stories of Kevin and some samples of his photography that he had gifted them for special occasions. He was a larger than life character and the tributes paid to him were sincere, honest and from the heart and it was obvious that he had great friends in Kilkenny who stood by him through the years. Many friends travelled from Dungarvan, Carlow and Portlaoise to attend this meeting and pay tribute to Kevin’s life and work. May he rest in peace.

The other part of the night was devoted to judging the “Industrial” monthly competition. This was very ably done by Emmanuelle Galisson LIPF of Portlaoise Camera Club who was very constructive in her critique of the entries. Thanks Emmanuelle. Well done to all those who entered and to the winners who are listed below.


Below are the winning images in each category.


The final competition of the 2016-17 season will be held on June 8th – “Mini Distinctions for Cats”. The purpose of this event is to see what it’s like to put together a body of photographic work in print form as if you’re going for your distinction with the IPF. 

 Please bring in up to 8 prints, preferably 10 x 8 inches, mounted or unmounted but not exceeding 20”x16” mounted.

  1. The usual sections – novice, intermediate and advanced will apply.
  2. Please hand in your “panel” of prints on the night from 7.30 – 8pm.
  3. Please register your intention to participate with Derville Conroy by June 4th by email
  4. Example: Please replace 000 with your membership numberN_000_I’m registering

    I_000_ I’m registering

    A_000_ I’m registering


(Remember when entering the competition / It is worth noting you could use some of your images in August at our exhibition).

 Your work will be assessed on your overall collection of prints and the thinking process behind this body of work. It’s not the quantity of images on show, but their quality! So, a set of six could perform better than a set of eight images. If you wish, please bring a written statement on your body of work to be read out on the night.  Being a KPS competition, the judges will need to score the panels on show in the usual manner with other KPS competitions, but more importantly constructive feedback will be given by the judges. If you are entering a panel please bring them in early on the night – about 7.30 pm – to facilitate the judges.

The judges are:

Mark Sedgwick FIPF,  eFIAP (chairman),

Seamus Costello FIPF,

Karen O’Hara ARPS

Johnny Cuddihy AIPF. 

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.

Many thanks to all the KPS members that submitted images for consideration. It was a great result for the club and in addition to our members who received their distinctions it was a very successful outing.

Club Championships – KPS Colour Panel

Club Championship – KPS Mono Panel




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.

Barry critique of the images was very fair and detailed, displaying his knowledge and expertise of architectural photography. Two of the main messages of the night were to make sure your sensor is clean and that your verticals are vertical. Very simple but very important. After the judging Barry was generous in sharing some of his post-processing methods in Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Software. He has an in-depth knowledge of the post-processing technique. It would be great to have him back another time for a workshop in post-processing methods in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Thanks to all the members who entered the ARCHITECTURE competition and congratulations to the winners.

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.

The function room was packed to capacity on the night with students, teachers and parents. John Hughes, Chairman of Kilkenny Photographic Society, welcomed everyone and particularly our special guests Alan Murphy, Canon Brand Manager and Kieran White of White’s Pharmacy who were major sponsors. The judges started the proceedings with a soft critique of the top 3 images from each school. Both were very knowledgeable about photography and were constructive in their critique of the entries, offering very useful advice and tips. The top three students in each school received medals – gold, silver and bronze in order of merit. The medals were presented to the students by John Hughes, Chairman of Kilkenny Photographic Society

There was a short interval for the raffle before the top five winners were announced. The overall winner received a DSLR camera, worth €400 sponsored by Canon, second place received a digital camera sponsored by White’s Chemists and the other three winners received vouchers sponsored by Kilkenny Photographic Society. The respective sponsors presented these prizes to the winners.

Afterwards there were refreshments with plenty of time to view the winning entries and for photographs of the winners by Harry Reid, Kilkenny People and Mark Desmond, Kilkenny Photographic Society. We thank all our sponsors and particularly Kilkenny County Council whose support, through the Arts Grant Scheme, made this year’s event a huge success. We also thank the Springhill Hotel for their welcome, courtesy and helpfulness on the night. The facilities were top class.

A special word of thanks to the members of the of the KPS Committee who contributed to the success of the competition and who were very active helping out on the night.

We would also like to thanks the sponsors of our raffle:

  • Amanda Burke Photography
  • The Office Centre, Kilkenny
  • The Book Centre, Kilkenny
  • Campion Framing, Kilkenny
  • Kilkenny Photographic Society



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.

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.

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

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

25th May – Judging of the INDUSTRIAL COMPETITION

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.

The top three students from each school will receive medals in order of merit and the top five students overall will receive major prizes including cameras and photography vouchers.  We would like to thank the students and their teachers for their continued support of this project.

We also thank Kilkenny County Council who have sponsored this event through the Arts Grant Scheme.

This night is part of our programme of events for club members and you are all welcome to attend. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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. (

This is also the closing date for the March competition – Architecture – which is a projected competition. Entries should be uploaded to Picturk (problematic at the moment) or handed in on an USB key on the night.

9th AprilThe SACC Interclub Competition will be held in the Loreto Secondary School on the Granges Road, Kilkenny. The event starts with the hanging of panels at 09.00, judging of prints at 10.00, judging of projected at 12.00. The results will be announced at 14.00. The panels are open for public viewing from 13.00 – 14.00.

20th April – Dominic Reddin from Mountmellick Camera Club will present his Fellowship Panel. See Dominic’s photography at

Dominic has been passionate about photography for many years now.
My love of the outdoors and nature gives me great inspiration and material to photograph. I am based in Co. Laois, and am primarily a landscape and wildlife photographer, but I love all aspects of photography, and like also to photograph people, cities, and events.

27th April – TY Photography Competition Awards Night – Springhill Hotel starting at 7.30pm. 


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:


  1. Fiona Long                          Feather
  2. Ann Dowling                        Golden fur bush
  3. Fiona Dalton                        Pepper tree





  1. Denis O’Reilly                     Cherry blossom
  2. Niall Hirsch                         Spikey
  3. Andy Magan                       Lines of Colour




  1. Brian Deering                       Sucking It Up
  2. Mark Desmond                    Taraxacum
  3. Dave Barrie                          Flies



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 on the night.

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.
  • The Monthly Competition theme for MARCH is ARCHITECTURE. It’s a projected competition and entries ( max of 2 per member) should be uploaded to Picturk by 6th April. We will have the judging of the MACRO competition in the club on Thursday, 30th March.
  • This Thursday, 16th March, we will have a discussion about the use of NIK filters with a view to conducting a workshop on their use sometime in the near future. Club chairman, John Hughes, and Ian Doolan will recreate an interview given by Ansel Adams on his 81st birthday.

Items for Sale

The following items are for sale on the website:

Canon 50D body with approx 40k shutter actuations and sensor cleaned recently.
Original Canon battery grip.
Sigma 18-50 (f2.8) lens with lens hood and case.
Sigma 10-20 (f4-5.6) wide angle lens with case but no hood.
All the above plus batteries, charger and CF cards.
Will sell as one lot or will discuss splitting.

Please contact Richard Dwyer (0872932790)

Check out the shop ‎

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.”

This request for photographs to illustrate a book for children was sent to Kilkenny Photographic Society. The full text of the email can be downloaded here >childrens book<

Some member/members may be interested in this project. However, the author (Michael Resman) is not known to us and anyone interested should first check his bona fides etc. His books can be found on

KPS News Update

Monthly Competitions

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

Our next monthly competition is “Macro” and the closing date is 2nd March. This is a projected competition so entries have to be uploaded to Picturk.

Gold for Andy

Sincere congratulations to KPS member Andrew Magan who had a great day at the Irish Photographic Federation Photographer Of The Year Competition 2017 in Drogheda recently.

Andy Received two Golds and a Bronze in the non-advanced section of the competition.

Colour print open: ‘Hold on’
Mono print theme: Environmental Portraiture – ‘Pipe on a Honda’

Mono print open:’Hard at work’
Also received 2 vouchers from Bermingham Cameras.

Well done and continued sucess Andy from all of us in Kilkenny Photographic Society.

Images from South Africa

This week, 2nd March, club member Larry Weymss LIPF, will give an illustrated talk on his trip to South Africa.

Studio Light Workshop

This follows on from the last workshop which was very popular with members. It’s planned for Thursday, 9th March. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PROPS.

Transition Year Photography Competition

The closing date for the competition is 24th March and the winners Awards Night will be held in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday, 27th April at 7.30pm. We were successful again this year in securing an Arts Act Grant from Kilkenny County Council to help with the running costs of the competition. The major prizes are sponsored by Nikon and White’s Pharmacy.

Irish Photographic Federation

All distinction sittings for 2017 are now full. The IPF National Club Championships 2017 will be held in Mullingar on 13th and 14th May.

SACC – Southern Association of Camera Clubs

The SACC Interclubs Competition 2017 will be held in the Loreto Secondary School, Granges Road, Kilkenny on Sunday, 9th April. There are three sections to this competition – Colour print, monochrome print and projected image. Each section consists of a panel of 10 images + 2 substitute images.

Change to February Calendar

KPS Events

9th February – Members’ Night – Bring in your photos and get feedback.

16th February – My Favourite Photographers – Talk by John Cuddihy AIPF

23rd February – Judging of “Creative” Competition – Bill Power FIPF, EFIAP

2nd March – “Images from South Africa” – Illustrated talk by Larry Weymss LIPF

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

IPF Events

18th February – Finals of IPF Photographer of the Year 2017. This event will take place in the D Hotel, Drogheda.

19th February – Finals of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2017. This event will also take place in the D Hotel, Drogheda.

4th March – IPF Distinction Sittings for Licentiate and Associate levels. This will be held in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise.

Other Events

10th – 24th February – Malahide Camera Club – Annual Photography Exhibition – Parish Centre, Malahide

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

IPF Events

18th February – Finals of IPF Photographer of the Year 2017. This event will take place in the D Hotel, Drogheda.

19th February – Finals of IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2017. This event will also take place in the D Hotel, Drogheda.

4th March – IPF Distinction Sittings for Licentiate and Associate levels. This will be held in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise.

Other Events

10th – 24th February – Malahide Camera Club – Annual Photography Exhibition – Parish Centre, Malahide

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.

On the night Seamus critiqued each of the entries and shared his expertise on portrait photography, giving us many practical and useful tips to improve our skills in this area of photography. Well done to the winners.


The full gallery of winners can be viewed on the website here:

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.
Twelve finalists will be chosen by the judging panel. The finalists will have their winning images printed by Kilkenny Photographic Society for display on a panel at our annual exhibition during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The overall winning photographer will be presented with ‘The Mayor’s Cup’ by the Mayor of Kilkenny, and will have their winning entry printed to A3 size and framed by the Society and be presented to the Mayor at a presentation night for display within his or her offices.

The frame will be supplied by the society and each year the winning image will be replaced. For more details and competition rules, please click the link below:
The twelve finalists from ‘The Mayor’s Cup competition will have their winning images used to produce Kilkenny Photographic Society’s calendar for 2018. [More details to follow]
Best of luck!

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 panels and these can also be viewed here. ‎ and





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 studio 1 we were treated to Jill Greenberg’s ‘Shiny Look’: The lighting style that she uses for her portraits is  important for this particular look. Her setup is pretty standard most of the time with variations here and there. The set-up for last night’s shoot was a 6 light set-up, Jill would use anything from 3 to 7 lights for her set-ups. The light setup is as follows: 3 in front of the model and two to the model’s sides and one behind  for the background. The technique is to blast light from all directions of the model. Her Photoshop technique generally requires a lot of cleaning, cloning/healing, dodging and burning, levels corrections and an overlay/multiply blending techniques.

In studio 2 we had a One light set-up on black background: Beauty dishes are a  modifier usually reserved for beauty/glamour shots. Beauty dishes will produce catch lights in the eyes and shadows under the jaw line and under the nose to create a ‘Butterfly effect’. You can change the quality of light by choosing a dish with a silver, or white, inner surface, we used a white dish with a white inner diffuser dome. The white surface will produce  less specular highlights on the subject’s face. You can also control the spill of light by using a grid attached to the dish and we  soften the light by adding a sock over the front. You can add 2 extra lights to either side of the model to create separation from the back ground  and a forth light to illuminate the back ground.

We were given plenty of opportunity to engage with the models and to practise our techniques in each studio. Thanks to our models: Margaret, Dalilha, Eugene and Hugo who were very patient and sat willingly for long periods. Here are a few shots from the night.




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.


Q: When did you take up photography?
A: In 1980 my interest started in Photography. I was 16 years a keen amateur, now I am a professional/full time photographer, for 16 years. Now my hobby is my profession, and my profession is my hobby.

Q: Which club are you a member of?
A: I am a founder member of Kilkenny Photographic Society, 32 years now in existence.

Q: Do you have any IPF/FIAP/RPS etc. distinctions?
A: I was the first person in the IPF to achieve a Fellowship in Digital Photography with my panel on wedding photography. I am an Associate of The Society for International Fashion and Glamour Photographers. Represented the IPF in two Celtic challenges in Cornwall & Ireland. Represented Ireland in the FIAP Biennials in World Cup Photography and achieved 3rd place in 2015 and 2nd place in 2016.
International Awards:
• International Digital Art Photographer 2005 S.W.P.P/B.P.P.A UK.
• International Sports Photographer 2007 S.W.P.P/B.P.P.A UK
• 43 Gold awards with SWPP/BPPA

As a member of the Society for Wedding & Portrait Photographers/British Professional Photographers’ Association in the UK my image was featured on the front cover of Image Maker Magazine 2008/2009 issue. This magazine is circulated to over 70 countries worldwide.
I have featured in the world’s largest selling Latex Magazine, Jane Doe Latex, with images of International model Anita De Bauch.
Front cover image of Irish Photographic Federation Annual 2013.
Achieved two Judge’s monthly awards, totalling £2,000.00 with SWPP/BPPA.

First camera? First DSLR?
A: Fuji S1.

Q: What was the background to your most successful image?
A: An image which was taken in Morocco and I knew when I had built a rapport with the subject that pressing the shutter on my camera was going to create a magic moment. I love Environmental Portraiture. I wanted to stamp my style, my vision, my interpretation of environmental portraiture on this image. This image was my challenge to achieve this. It’s a much more authentic way to capture your subjects. First of all, you’re going to be in an unfamiliar place. That means you’ll need to be prepared for all sorts of different lighting conditions. Lighting was my immediate challenge. You never really know until you go there. I was confronted with the challenge, lighting and coping with the language and an audience of curious on lookers etc. Above all, you need to relax and build rapport with your subject. The best asset that any photojournalist has is the ability to build a rapport, the ability to relate to somebody, the ability to talk to somebody and to make them feel comfortable. I needed an ice breaker to initiate the conversation, and then I got permission to take the photograph. Then the Magic happened ‘‘the image’’. It achieved 1st in Black & White at the National IPF Finals in Mullingar 2014, same image won Gold award with the Societies in the UK 2014. If memory serves me correctly it was part of the Celtic Challenge panel also.


Q: Your own favourite image?
A: Photograph of Glenda Gilson on the Front Cover of Irish Wedding Planner Magazine.

Q: What genre of photography best describes your photography or are you a general interest photographer?

A: I love lighting challenges, creating the illusion of 3D from a 2D environment, whether it be fashion, landscape, still life or whatever genre. I love to paint with light. Using a combination of off camera flash and ambient, Maximising whatever situation presents itself. Painting highlight, shadow detail and working the transition lighting, creating form, shape, depth and dimension to my images. Having a “concept” and my light meter are key to whatever I create. Working on location, painting light with ambient and flash, any combination can be the order of the shoot. I have a varied interest in my work as a professional. Portraits, weddings, event photography, corporate and commercial, exhibition work, landscapes and above all I am a print advocate. Fashion, glamour, beauty and art nude studies, are my favourites, and I love the lighting challenges they bring.
• Fotospeed, a UK major photographic distributer has enrolled me as an ambassador for their products.
• DigiBook in Portugal have assigned me as their Irish Ambassador.



Q: Canon or Nikon or Fuji or Sony?
A: Member of Canon Professional Network.

Q: Would you recommend joining a camera club? Why? What have you got out of it?
A: I would highly recommend joining a camera club. It is a prerequisite if you want to advance your photography, as a hobbyist, as a keen enthusiast, whether you be amateur or professional, or whatever your status may be. It launched my career in photography. I made the transition from being a keen amateur to a full time photographer. It is now my profession and I love it with a passion. So joining a camera club launched my career. An integral part for me is meeting new friends and maintaining my friendships with members from my past. Going on memorable trips together and sharing new ideas and having fun.

Q: What does photography mean to you?
A: Photography is my life, my passion, and my profession. I love travel and through photography I have been extremely lucky to have had commissioned work abroad. Travel Photography is an integral part of my profession. Meeting like-minded people from all different backgrounds with a common interest. Photography has to be the most fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable options in life.

Q: What is your photographic dream?
A: To be successful in my career as a photographer. It was always my dream to represent my club and country at national and international level. A dream that became reality was to have an Image on any front cover of any magazine. I was very fortunate to have worked for five magazines and all my dreams came through when I got front cover of all issues of these magazines.

Dreams do become reality, through sheer determination and honesty in your work. You will get recognized and persevere in doing so. It has been my dream to make a break through particularly in the world of fashion photography. That became reality when I photographed some of Ireland’s leading models. In my portfolio of work I have photographed Miss World, Miss Universe, celebrity photo shoots and even the still photographer on the film set of “Vincent van Gogh – a character study”.

I am ambitious and competitive and these traits have helped me achieve my dreams. I have always been driven by having goals and dreams set down and being realistic about achieving them.  Always have a strong mind set on that journey to wanting to persevere in doing so. Very importantly have fun. I was an International athlete in Long & Triple Jump at schoolboy, junior & senior level for Ireland and fulfilled another dream by making an impression in sports photography when I was awarded International Sports Photographer for 2007 at the Society for Wedding & Portrait Photographers/British Professional Photographers Association in the UK. It will keep me further inspired & motivated to dream bigger for the future.

To read more about Seamus and see his imagery:

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.

The Mayor’s Cup will be awarded annually to a KPS member who, in the opinion of the judges, produces a powerful visual storytelling image about anyone, anything, anywhere in County Kilkenny. Show what matters to you! Your interpretation of County Kilkenny through your images! Your image must be taken in County Kilkenny during 2016.

Twelve finalists will be chosen by the judges. The finalists will have their images printed by Kilkenny Photographic Society for display during our annual photographic exhibition during the Arts Festival. The overall winner will be presented with the Mayor’s Cup by the Mayor of Kilkenny. The images of the 12 finalists will be used to produce Kilkenny Photographic Society’s Calendar for 2018.

Entries for the competition is now open on the KPS Picturk platform –

Full details of the competition can be downloaded from our MEMBERS AREA > DOWNLOADS > MAYOR’S CUP

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our current Mayor, Cllr. Patrick O’ Neill for his co-operation is setting up this initiative to promote photography and to club member, Mark Desmond, who has also worked very hard to bring this to fruition.


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.

The day kicks off at 09.00 with the hanging of panels. There will be talks from two terrific photographers – Paul Reidy LIPF, EFIAP at 10.15 am and Eimhear Collins LIPF at 12.15 pm. There will be a small cover charge of €2 per talk. The judges on the day will be Terry Donnelly FRPS, FSWPP, MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP; Linda Wevill FRPS; Jane Lines MPAGB, BPE5*, LRPS.

Judging starts at 14.30 and this is followed by the Awards Ceremony at 15.30. Best of luck to our club, Kilkenny Photographic Society.

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. The criteria for success in each of the distinctions is clearly outlined; the difference in distinction procedures is explained and the months and dates of the IPF Distinction Sittings are listed. There are also useful links and tips from successful distinction candidates.


Thanks to Karen O’ Hara for sharing this very informative and useful handout with the members. The document can be found in the MEMBERS AREA and then DOWNLOADS. The document can be downloaded as a PDF.

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. Brian also informed the society members of their current special offers available on these printers during their November sale and that current KPS members can avail of special offers and discounts on their product ranges on producing the KPS membership card. Please contact Bermingham Cameras for further details.

Shane Cowley of Canon – Ireland introduced Canon’s new mirrorless range of cameras, EOS M10, EOS M3 and the EOS M5 and also the recently launched Canon 5D MK4 and the very impressive Canon 7D MK2.

Irish Photographic Federation President, Michael O’Sullivan FIPF FRPS, gave a very interesting and informative lecture on printing. There was something for everyone on the night from the novice to the experienced printers to take on board. Michael took us through the different theories of display calibration and the various options that are available to photographers. He also introduced us to profiles for papers, and how to install them and employ them during the printing process. Michael went through the various settings that he uses when preparing for prints, setting up his preferred print settings in Photoshop for the Canon PRO 1000 printer, and to point out the various pitfalls one may encounter during this process. We looked at the various techniques available to us in Photoshop to resizing our images, the quality and media used, and sharpening methods available before the final print.

Kilkenny Photographic Society would again like to thank all involved who participated on the night and look forward to seeing all those beautiful prints in the near future!


Pictured L-R: IPF President Michael O’Sullivan, Seamus Costelloe, Ber Marnell, Brian Deering, Derville Conroy, Frank Corcoran, Rue Ahmed, Brian Whelan, Richie Dwyer, Larry Wemyss, Andrew Magan, Shane Cowley Canon Ireland and KPS Chairperson John Hughes.


Mark Desmond - PRO

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.

We should have 3 Canon printers on the night: Pixma Pro-10s, Pro-1 & Pro-1000. Members can print some of their own photos if they wish. Obviously this will be “while ink & paper last”. There will also be some special offers for club members on the night.

It will start at 8.00 pm – Come early to guarantee your seat. This event is being sponsored by Canon Ireland and Bermingham Cameras.

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.

Congratulations to our winners:

Fergus Alonso – Novice

Mark Roberts – Intermediate

Trevor Ogilvie- Advanced

Thanks to Ned Mahon LIPF for the photographs

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

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

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.

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).

Closing date will be midnight (GMT) on 26th September 2016. Judging of the Salon will take place on the weekend, 8th/9th October 2015. We are in the process of selecting our judges at present. Please check back shortly for further details. Click HERE to enter……

Sections as usual will be PRINT: Color Open; Monochrome Open; Color Landscape; PDI: Open PDI; Nature PDI; & Photo Travel PDI.

Full details on


Syngenta Photography Competition

Syngenta Photography Competition

The Syngenta Photography Award is an international competition that seeks to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges through powerful photography. This year’s theme is Grow-Conserve. As the world’s population continues to increase, so does the tension between our growing demand for more food, energy and resources, and the protection of our planet.  The closing date for the competition is 1st September. All the details can be found on

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?

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The walk will start at City Hall, Dame St, moving through Dublin Castle, then on to St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedral , across to Temple Bar and finishing up at The Mercantile Bar, Dame St ,where you will have the chance to relax and enjoy a few drinks and a chat. This walk is for anyone with a camera regardless of type. There is no skill level involved and the focus of the day is to take photos, enjoy the day and meet new people who have the same interests as ourselves. Date/Time: Saturday, October 1st, 2016 | 11:45am – 2:00pm Meeting Point: City Hall , Dame St. End of Walk: The Mercantile Bar, Dame St. The Worldwide Photo Walk supports The Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organization that feeds, houses, educates and empowers young orphans. You may have to register for the walk. Check out


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 Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford from 10.00 until 16.30. There will be four experienced presenters, Jack Malins ARPS, Bill Power FIPF EFIAP, John Fox and Malcolm McCamley AIPF, and the topics covered will include all aspects of Bird, Flora, Fungi, Insect and Mammal photography. The workshop will be suitable for all levels of experience and will include an explanation of the FIAP Rules for Nature Photography as they now stand.


The KPS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on ZOOM on Thursday, 21st January 2021, 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 & Secretary’s review since the last AGM.
3.      Treasurer’s report and annual accounts for the year.
4.      Election of Officers – Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
5.      Election of KPS Committee members for the coming year
6.      Proposed Motions

All members should attend on ZOOM, if they can, as decisions regarding the Society’s direction for the coming year will be taken 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 nominations for the committee and motions that you wish to have discussed and voted on during the meeting. The relevant forms have been attached to the email sent out to each member on the 27th December 2020. Under the circumstances it is not necessary to have proposers and seconders original signatures on the completed forms. TYPED NAMES WILL SUFFICE.

The regulation/s regarding nominations for the committee and the submission of motions is outlined on the application form. You should return your completed forms to the secretary,, by Thursday 7th January to ensure that they can be circulated in advance and included on the meeting agenda.

KPS Calendar 2021 On Sale Now

Kilkenny Photographic Society 2021 Calendars now available!!!



Collection Points:


Fiona Long at 9 am or 2 pm Monday to Friday in the Aldi Car Park in Loughboy.


Derville Conroy between 6 pm and 9 pm Monday to Friday at her home, 66 Pococke Lower, Johnswell Road, Kilkenny, R95 A8X4


Denis O’ Reilly, 7 Mayfield, Kells Road, Kilkenny – R95N56C between 6 pm and 9 pm, Monday to Friday



Fiona 087-9703405

Derville 083-4025135

Denis 087-6564414



We would kindly ask members to have correct change and maybe to text or ring beforehand.

KPS TY Competition Winners 2020

Kilkenny Photographic Society TY Competition 2020

Kilkenny Photographic Society is proud to announce the winners of our 10th Annual TY competition for 2020. This year’s competition is kindly sponsored by St. Canice’s Credit Union, Kilkenny. St Canice’s Credit Union will not only be sponsoring the main prizes this year but will also sponsor the Pat Moore Perpetual Trophy in remembrance of their good friend and member. Pat was a well known local photographer in Kilkenny working for the Kilkenny People newspaper as well as many of the national Irish newspapers alike.

As well as the potential for winning great prizes, some of the entry photographs went on exhibition in The Butler Gallery’s new location Evans’ Home Kilkenny last August in the Learning Centre. Entires will also be included for consideration for the 2021 St Canices Credit Union calendar.

Transition Year students from across schools in  Kilkenny, Laois and Carlow areas entered this year’s competition and the standard of entry was extremely competitive. While there was no official theme for this year’s competition, the organising committee, however, felt that the transition year competition is a wonderful opportunity for students to share some of their experiences of a transition year. Such as trips or work experience they may have taken part in.

This Year’s Prizes:

The three students with the best images from each school will receive medals on the night of Presentation of Prizes and Awards.

Prizes for Overall Winners:

1St Prize:  Canon EOS M100 digital camera

2nd Prize: Instamax Camera (SD Version)

3rd Prize: Photography Voucher sponsored by Kilkenny Photographic Society

4th Prize: Certificate “Highly Commended”

5th Prize: Certificate “Highly Commended”

Kilkenny Photographic Society would like to thank our judges Mary Hickey, Roisin Gilroy and Brian Deering for the difficult task of judging this year’s competition. We would also like to thank the staff of St Canice’s Credit Union, the staff of The Bulter Gallery Kilkenny, members of Kilkenny Photographic Society, the school’s TY coordinators, KPS TY coordinator Fiona Buggy and finally the TY students for their enthusiasm and inspiration of their photography.

And are overall winners of the KPS TY Competition 2020 are:


3rd Place: Zoe Fountain Duiske College
2nd Place: Alex Walshe Kilkenny College
1st Place: Emma Shirley Kilkenny College

IPF National Shield Digital Competition 2020

The IPF National Shield is taking place this weekend the 14th and 15th November 2020 and we would like to wish all participating societies and clubs the very best of luck in this year’s competition. 

Kindly sponsored by Sheldon Fine Art Papers, this year’s results will be streamed on the Zoom platform on 22nd November 2020 at 15:00. All participating clubs will receive their link shortly before this date. Thanks also to our Judges:

Bronwyn Casey EFIAP/s MAPS


Richard Speirs DPAGB APAGB BPE2

Finally, thank you to Andrew Magan IPF Coordinator, Kilkenny Photographic Society and Carlow Photographic Society for their help in organising this year’s event in such difficult circumstances. 

Results of the Abstract/Creative Competition

Congratulations to our winners in the KPS POTY Competition ‘Abstract/Creative’ for October 2020.

Results of the Abstract/Creative Comp.
1st Bodyscape                           Ned Mahon
2nd Cold                                       Hugo Reidy
3rd Abstract                                 Johnny Cuddihy
1st Deconstructed car lamp      Anne Dowling
2nd Crab                                       Podge Mead
3rd Abstract                                  Frank Corcoran
1st Glass flower                           Penny Newbery