December 2018 - Photograph of the year 2018

Fermoy Camera Club had a busy meeting on Tuesday night. There was a very large number of members in attendance for the second running of the Frank Morgan Memorial Cup. Frank Morgan was one of the founder members of Fermoy Camera Club. As well as being an extremely talented photographer, Frank was a great asset to the club. He served time on the early committees as well as working with the Outings Group for many years.

Through his business Frank Morgan Photographic Studios, which his wife Breeda and sister in law Helen continue to run, Frank freely and happily gave of his time to all the club members who brought in photos to be printed. He would gladly look through members photos and offer advice, help and most importantly encouragement. Through his mentoring the standard of photography being produced by club members certainly rose. The club has so much to be thankful to Frank for. RIP Frank.

In honour of his memory Breeds and Helen very kindly sponsored the Frank Morgan Memorial Cup. The competition for this cup is very much what Frank was about. Members were invited to enter what they considered to be their favourite/best photograph that they had taken this year. It was testament to the esteem in which Frank was held by club members to see there were a huge number of entries on the night.

The standard of entry was very high and our colleagues from Cobh Camera Club had a very difficult job in picking the winners. Thanks to Neicy, Denise, Jason & Eamonn for taking the time to review all the photos and chose the top three. Special Thanks to Paul O’Dwyer and Neicy Murphy to came to spend the night with us. Neicy gave a very detailed and encouraging critic of all the phots – thanks very much. 

First place was awarded to Finbarr O’Hanlon for his fighting Gold Finches which Finbarr tells us he took in his own garden (through the patio window) during the snow earlier this year.

Second was Mark Heffernan for his magnificent photograph of an eventing competitor galloping through water during at a Cross Country event at Tattersalls.  Third place was Conor McCarthy with his beautiful night time shot taken in Cologne earlier this year.  

Franks long time friend, Andy Kelly came to join us on the night and showed some amazing old photos that he has been collecting since he was a lad. His love of old photos and photographic equipment was sparked by a chance find on a building site in Dungarvan in 1964 when he rescued a collecting of Photos that were destined for the dump. His collection dates back to the 1850’s and he had many stories to accompany the photos he showed us.

It was a night of mixed emotions as members reminisced about Frank telling stories and recalling incidents of the many great years we shared since 2010. The one common thread that came through all the stories was the “Fun with Photography” which everyone shared while in Frank’s company.

Our January competition is entitled ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ and winners will be expected to talk about how, where, when the phot was taken and an overview of the processing involved. This will help other members learn from the winners and will hopefully encourage others. An additional condition of entries for 2019 is the photos have to be taken during 2018 or 2019. That’s all the encouragement we need to get out and have Fun with Photography.