Local photographer Linda Tierney won a gold medal in the recent Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) National Print and Slide competition

Linda is a member of An Tain photography group and took first prize in the ‘Colour Print’ section, with ‘Roses’. This is an outstanding achievement as Linda, who is from the Coes Road, only took an interest in photography five years ago.

Linda is a member of An Tain photography group and took first prize in the ‘Colour Print’ section, with ‘Roses’. This is an outstanding achievement as Linda, who is from the Coes Road, only took an interest in photography five years ago.

However she managed to beat off stiff competition from the best of all the major clubs in the country and is now regarded as one of the best photographers in Ireland.

The An Tain photography club begins the 2012/2013 season in September. The fee for the year is 50 euros and that includes beginners classes.

The group meet every Monday evening at 8pm in Clan na Gaels clubhouse in Ard Easmuin.

Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to come along and will be given a warm welcome.

Bring along a camera and you could win gold like Linda!

Other winners at the IPF Awards included Richard Hatch, from Mid Louth Camera Club, who won ‘Best Overall Image’ for his striking image ‘A Bleak Dream’.

Brian Hopper from Dundalk Photographic Society won two awards in the ‘Colour and Monochrome Print’ category for his images titled ‘Ciara in Motion’ and ‘Sweet Dreams’.

Brian also took a judges medal for ‘Ciara in Motion’.

Other members of the Dundalk Photographic Society who took home awards included Des Clinton, who took first prize in the Digital Projected section with his image ‘Kids on Cart’.

Michelle Geoghegan took first prize in the ‘Monochrome Print’ competition with ‘Dancing with Daddy’ and Alex Coroliumtook second prize for his image ‘Accident’.

Arthur Carron’s ‘ Diana’ and Tony Mcdonnell’s ‘Horse Boy’were also highly commended.

Each year the IPF Awards turn out some amazing images and this year was no different.

All the Dundalk photographers who took part can be proud of their achievements.

IPF President John Cuddihy said

“The National Print and Projected Image Finals is the pinnacle photography competition for professional and amateur photographers alike.

It is vitally important that we continue to encourage and drive our photographers at events such as this so that we can, in turn, continue to compete competitively at a global level.”

The Irish Photographic Federation has been serving as the umbrella body for amateur and professional photography in Ireland for over thirty years.

It is Ireland’s representative body at the UNESCO recognised International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).

The main aim of the IPF is to foster, promote and support the art of photography in Ireland.

This is done through a series of competitions, lectures and workshops, a peer-assessed Distinctions service, and an annual yearbook of Irish photography.

You can visit the IPF website at www.irishphoto.ie