World win celebrated

THE Dundalk Photographic Society (DPS) was honoured at a civic reception in the Town Hall after it became the first Irish club to win the 2010 FIAP Club World Championships.

THE Dundalk Photographic Society (DPS) was honoured at a civic reception in the Town Hall after it became the first Irish club to win the 2010 FIAP Club World Championships.

According to Gabriel O’Shaughnessy of DPS, the club members were “delighted” to have their achievement recognised by the council at the reception on Wednesday, April 6.

DPS won the 2010 FIAP Club World Championships last December after beating off tough competition from 123 world-wide clubs. The successful panel members were Gabriel O’Shaughnessy from Rockfield Court; Brian Hopper from Blackrock; Ciaran De Bhal from Lower Faughart; Tony McDonnell from Avenue Road; and David Martin from Kingswood.

Two members also achieved personal success - Mr O’Shaughnessy received a FIAP Silver medal for his Famine-inspired portrait ‘Orphans’ and Mr Martin received the judges medal for his landscape entitled ‘Dunluce’. The DPS members received their prestigious awards in Paris on February 12.

“It was great to win it. We finished 11th in the competition two years ago. We decided that we were going to up our game and try to get in the top ten. We were over the moon when we heard that we had won it,” said Mr O’Shaughnessy.

“My idea for the ‘Orphans’ portrait came from the Famine. It features two girls’ faces, which are blackened. It has an old world look about it and there is brilliant eye contact with the picture, which draws the viewer right into the image.”

Members of the public can view the winning 20 images and 110 additional photographs by DPS members at a three-week exhibition at the County Museum running from Saturday, April 30.

Meanwhile, RTE’s Nationwide is coming to Dundalk on Thursday next to film a report about the successful photographic society.