Local photographers snap up top prizes at national finals

A NUMBER of local photographers have been recognised for their work at the recent Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) National Print and Projected Image Finals, in association with Epson Ireland.

A NUMBER of local photographers have been recognised for their work at the recent Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) National Print and Projected Image Finals, in association with Epson Ireland.

Arthur Carron from Dundalk Photographic Society was awarded the prestigious ‘Best Overall Image’ for his image ‘Stare’. The same image also won him first place in the ‘Monochrome Print’ category. Gabriel O’Shaughnessy, also of Dundalk Photographic Society, was third in the same category with the image ‘Orphans’.

Other winners included Judy Boyle from Drogheda Photographic Club who won the ‘Colour Print’ category with her image ‘Caoimhe’ and Tony McDonnell from Dundalk Photographic Society who won ‘Best Projected Image’ for his image ‘Fawnya’.

Overall, Louth photographers from Dundalk Photographic Society and Drogheda Photographic Club took home the most awards with 15 wins across the category awards, judges’ medals and highly commended titles.

The event saw both professional and amateur photographers from all over Ireland entering the finals, following regional competitions around the country. In total, there were 200 photographers competing with 450 images on display at the Douglas Hyde Theatre in Athlone at the weekend.

In the Intermediate Print section, Michelle McNally of Dundalk Photographic Society came out on top with her image ‘Star of the Show’ while Gabriel O’Shaughnessy was third in the Colour Print section with ‘Trinity’.

Dundalk Photographic Society also claimed first place in the Intermediate Colour Print section with Declan Gernon taking first prize for his image ‘Hazel No 3’.

Tony McDonnell won the Projected Image section with ‘Fawnya’, pipping fellow Dundalk Photographic Society member John McGee, who was runner-up with ‘Three Stoges’.

There was further success for the society in the Intermediate Projected Image section with Brenda McGee coming out on top with her image ‘Starling’.

There were also medals for Tony McDonnell’s ‘Fair Boy’ in the Monochrome Print section and Marty Garland’s ‘Old Range’ in the Colour Print section.

Brian Hopper was also highly commended for ‘Amy’s Twirl’ and ‘In the Bedroom’ in the monochrome and colour print sections respectively, completely a fantastic weekend for the Dundalk Photographic Society.