Dundalk Photographic Society had considerable success at the recent print and projected image regional round held in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross.
In the Colour Print Open section, advanced photographer Freddie McArdle took first place with his image “Butterflies”, while Brendan Tumilty achieved first place in the intermediate photographer section with his image “Homeward Bound”.
In the Monochrome Open category intermediate section Clodagh Tumilty took first place with her image “Grass and Sand” and Dave Martin won first place for his image “Anybody Home” which was entered in the Monochrome – Irish Environmental Portraiture section of the competition. Dave also took first place for his image “Reflections” which he had submitted into the Projected Landscape themed section.
For other club members it was the three quarter way point in the in-house competitions which brought victory.
The visiting judge on the night was Ross McKelvey a successful barrister and photographer from Belfast.
In the advanced section only one image among all the monochrome prints was awarded top marks of 20 points and that was Alex Coroliu’s image titled “Drifters” which was a sports action image.
In the colour printed images of the advanced section two images attained top marks, another image by Alex Coroliu titled “Venice” and an image by Eithne Ni Anluain titled “Valkyrie”.
In the senior photographers monochrome section two authors were awarded 20 points, Colm Kean for his dark room printed image “3,2,1,” and Tony McDonnell for his image “Sculpture Gallery”, these two authors have been competing in these competitions for over twenty five years.
The colour printed images produced by the senior photographers yielded but one top score of 20 marks and this image was produced by Ciaran De Bhal and was titled “Street kids”. It was not until Ross McKelvey was asked to choose what he felt was the best image from all the images which scored 20 marks did the nail biting start, Ross re-critiqued each of the images but it was Eithne Ni Anluain who was awarded image of the month for her illustration “Valkyrie, modelled by Raphaella With Love.
Dundalk Photographic Society also received international recognition when two of its members achieved honorary mentions for their images which were entered into the Photographic Society of America international inter club championships. But top honours went to a third society member who was awarded best in show.
The first honorary mention went to Freddie McArdle from Faughart for his image “Goldfinch on Moss”. The second honorary mention went to Charles Flynn from McSweeney Street Dundalk for his monochrome portrait “Basket Seller” but it was the Illustration by Eithne Ni Anluain “Valkyrie”, modelled by Raphaella With Love, which won best in show.