February 2019 "Your Choice"


Thirty-two fabulous entries were received for our February challenge, the theme was open and photos could have been taken at any time, so it was an opportunity for some of us to root around in the archive and see what we fancied.

Huge thanks to Michael O’Brien, John Bermingham, John Pelham and Richard Cutbill from Dungarvan Camera Club who judged the competition for us. Not only were they generous with their time judging but they also gave each photo an individual critique and shared their expertise with us on the night. Sincere thanks.

Overall winner was George O’Keeffe with an amazing layered image depicting Ballard and Killarney – two of his favourite places to take photos. He has made the trip to Ballard 100’s of times, but this shot perfectly captured the lighting he had been searching for.

Second was Sinead Hickey with a masterful capture of a beautify creature taken on an FCC trip to West Cork, when they ‘happened’ to visit a garden centre on a warm sunny day and all the insects and butterflies were out to pay and perform for the cameras.  Well done Sinead.

Third was Louise Howard who produced a beautiful portrait taken some time ago but revisited in editing for this this challenge. Beautifully printed and framed, this black and white image really impressed the judges. Louise was the Grade 2 winner.

Helen Coughlan was our Grade 3 winner having expertly captured two very difficult subjects in one image – Bluebells and Pheasants. This image was taken at Curraghmore Gardens on an FCC trip a few years ago.

The March challenge is Emotion – this is a monochrome projected competition and entries to be emailed to Deirdre by 22nd March. Don’t forget to note your settings and editing and be ready to share your tips should your image be a winning one.

Well done to all the winners and thanks for sharing some info on the where / when / how - we all learn from each other.  Thanks to Deirdre and competitions team.

Till the next time, have lots of Fun With Photography.