Kilkenny Photographic Society is pleased to announce the success of its 6th Annual Awards Night for the Transition Year Photography Competition. The event was held in the Newpark Hotel on Thursday, 14th 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 Bill Power FIPF and this year’s winner of the Irish Photographic Federation’s “Photographer of the Year” award. The top three photographs from each school and the overall five best photographs were announced on the night. We would like to thank Nikon, White’s Pharmacy, Hennessy Sports, Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Photographic Society for their very generous sponsorship of this event.

The Dunmore Suite was packed to capacity on the night with students, teachers and parents. Eugene Canning, Chairman of Kilkenny Photographic Society, welcomed everyone and particularly our special guests: Peter Cleere, Deputy Lord Mayor and Derek Underwood representing Nikon, Kieran White of White’s Pharmacy who were major sponsors. Dr. John Cuddihy was MC for the night and he gave a soft critique of each of the 22 photographs that were prize winners on the night. 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 Peter Cleere, Deputy Lord Mayor.

There was a short interval for the raffle before the top five winners were announced. The overall winner received a DSLR camera sponsored by Nikon, 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.

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The winners were:  1. Laura Isselhorst (Presentation Secondary), 2. Amy Lennon (Loreto Secondary), 3. Caoimhe Maher (St. Brigid’s Callan), 4. Shauna Valentine (Presentation Secondary), 5. Sophie Finn (Castlecomer Community School). The 5 winning photographs will be on display in the Book Centre Window over the coming weeks.

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.

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