As 2017 begins the members of Dundalk Photographic Society can reflect on another very successful year gone by. Formed in 1979, DPS is an amateur camera club rich in success both nationally and internationally and this success has continued in 2016.
In May the club finished in 3rd place overall in the Irish Photographic Federation National Club Championships. This is a competition for all amateur camera clubs in Ireland and is judged on a selection of 10 colour prints and 10 black and white prints chosen to represent each club. It was a very tight competition and overall winners on the day were Drogheda Photographic Club who share a great rivalry and even greater friendship with the Dundalk Club.
Topping that 3rd place, in November DPS won gold in the Irish Photographic Federation National Shield which is the national club competition for Intermediate level photographers.
This is a fantastic achievement and given that some of the winning team are new to the club and competition in general, it augurs very well for the continued success of DPS.
Dundalk Photographic Society also competes in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Projected Interclub Competition which is a global competition open to amateur clubs from around the world.
DPS started to compete in this competition 4 years ago and have won their division in each of those years, culminating in winning Division B in 2016. This means they will compete in the top echelon in 2017 and have started well, finishing 7th overall in the 1st of 6 rounds.
Finally in the latter half of 2016 Dundalk Photographic Society finished in an outstanding 9th position in the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) World Cup. This is the pinnacle of amateur club photography and is testament to the high position DPS holds on the world stage.
The World Cup is judged on a panel of 20 images with no more than 2 images from any individual author so it highlights the broad spread of talent in the Dundalk club.
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