SACC Nature Competition 2013 – Results

On Sunday, January 27th, the SACC held the regional qualifying round of the IPF National Nature Competition at The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny in association with Kilkenny Photographic Society

Congratulations to all our winners on the day and to everyone who took part. Best of luck to everyone whose images qualified for national finals next year.

Thank you to our judges; Mark Sedgwick FIPF EFIAP and Des Connors FIPF who did an outstanding job not only scoring the images but also providing ongoing commentary and invaluable feedback to the audience on many of the images they were judging.

The competition was powered by Picturk and its online system once again proved itself on Sunday. Thanks to Paul Geraghty from Picturk who was with us for the day to ensure smooth running of the competition.

Thanks are due to the hotel for providing outstanding facilities and to Kilkenny Photographic Society who hosted the events and supplied a great team of volunteers for the event.

Huge thanks also to the SACC committee, without whom this event would not have taken place.  We look forward to our next event – The SACC Interclub Competition which takes place on March 24th and we’ll be posting details about it over the next few weeks.

Finally, full results available via link below:

SACC Regional Round of IPF National Nature Competition Results 2013


SACC Nature Competition 2013 – Cut off points

We’ll be posting the results from the SACC Nature Competition shortly.

Please bear with us while we verify scores and compile results. We appreciate your patience.

For now though, we can tell you that the cut off points for qualifying scores for the National Finals are as follows:

Colour Prints (open): 12 points
Colour Prints (themed): 12 points
Projected Images (open): 11 points
Projected Images (themed): 11 points

Schedule for Nature Competition – Sunday 27th January 2013

Please note that while we will do our best to manage schedule as outlined below, times are approximate and subject to change as the day progresses.

10am-11am Handover of pre-registered prints.
Prints for Nature Competition must have been pre-registered via online system  by midnight on Thursday January 24th.
Prints that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted on day of competition.
No action is required on your part for projected images on the day, provided you have uploaded them with your competition entry before the deadline.
11am-11.30am Judges preview of prints
11.30am Judging begins, starting with colour prints and will continue until all colour prints are judged (both open and themed section).
Lunch break will follow
Lunch The Newpark Hotel offers full carvery service. Lighter options also available
2.30pm onwards The sequence of events for afternoon will be:
Judging of projected images (open & themed)
Tea break
Awards ceremony
Images that qualify for national finals will be forwarded to IPF
Images that do not qualify for national finals can be collected AFTER awards ceremony only. Please do not attempt to collect them beforehand.
Note Kilkenny Photographic Society are hosting this event and will be running a raffle on the day.
Tickets €2 each, three for €5.

SACC Nature Competition 2013 – How do I enter?

Continuing from the success of online registration at the SACC regional round of the IPF Print & Projected Image last November, the Nature Competition will also be accepting entries through online system only. Please see below for answers to most common queries.  If you still have a query after reading through these, please get in touch with us via contact page on this website.

Where can I find details about the competition and the sections available to enter?

Competition details available here:

How do I enter?

Entry & payment this year is via online system which can be accessed here:

When is the closing date?

Midnight, Thursday January 24th.

Do I need a Paypal account to enter?

No. You can use Paypal as a guest user without creating an account.

What type of cards can I use with Paypal?

PayPal accepts the following cards:

  • Visa / Delta / Electron
  • MasterCard / Eurocard
  • PayPal Top Up Card
  • Maestro
  • American Express

Debit cards (also known as bank cards) are accepted if they have a Visa or MasterCard logo.

What do I need to do if I’m entering projected images?

As well as registering your details and paying the entry fee, you need to upload the images as part of the entry process and provide titles for the images in the boxes provided. Jpgs only, sized to 2400 pixels maximum on longest edge.  If you are entering projected images only and no prints, once you have finished this process and paid online, you are all set.

I’m only entering prints in the competition. Do I still need to enter online?

Yes. For print entries, you need to register  your details along with the titles for the images and pay the entry fee. You do not need to upload a copy of the file. You need to bring the prints on the morning of the competition to receive their competition ID. Your prints must be clearly labelled on the back with your name, image title, competition category, camera club and the unique entry ID you will receive when you complete online entry. Minimum print size 10″x8″, however all prints must be mounted in a 20″x16″ mount. Your entry ID will look something like this “bfbrabaqybr-DPO-0000002508”. Please ensure this number is on the back of your print and bring along a copy of your entry form printed from website.

I’m not comfortable using computers or I don’t have internet access, can I get a friend/colleague to enter for me?

Yes. On the online entry form, there is an option to facilitate this.  Your friend/colleague must tick the box that says “Click here if you are entering photographs for another photographer” and fill out the details required.

I don’t have a card that Paypal accepts/don’t have access to a computer. How do I enter?

For those photographers without access to a credit/debit card, please contact the SACC committee via the contact page on this website. For those photographers unfamiliar with using a computer, or without internet access, please have a club representative contact the SACC committee on your behalf to obtain a contact number to speak with one of SACC committee.

You will need to provide the following – please be ready with this information:

Registration will be then be performed on your behalf. You will need to pay entry fee on the day. As there is extra administrative time for this, please arrive by 9am.

Please note that we are only accepting this form of entry on an individual basis.  We are not accepting “our club has lots of members who don’t have internet/don’t have credit cards – can you register them”. It’s up to each individual to register using the online system, or else contact us directly as outlined above.

I want to turn up and enter on the day of the competition. Can I do this?

No. All entries must be pre-registered by competition closing date.

SACC Nature Competition 2013

The SACC Nature Competition 2013 will be held on Sunday, January 27th @ Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.  Full schedule for the day will be released before event. This competition is the regional qualifying round of the IPF National Nature Competition.

There are 4 sections available to enter; 2 open and 2 themed. You may enter all sections if you wish. See below for more details.

Please note:

  • Your images must be entered via online system ( by midnight on Thursday January 24th.  Projected images must be registered and uploaded, while print entries need to have their titles entered.  There is also an option on the online entry form to enter on behalf of someone else (or have someone else register your entries if you aren’t comfortable using computers).
  • Prints which do not qualify for finals may not be collected until released at the end of the competition by SACC committee.
  • It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules prior to entering. If you have any queries, please contact us via the contact page!
Where Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (directions)
When Sunday, January 27th 2013
Entry Fee One section: €10
Two sections: €15
Three sections: €20
Four sections: €25
Sections Open sections:

  • Colour Print
  • Projected Image

Themed sections:

  • Colour Print – Peatland Ireland
  • Projected Image – Birds Feeding

In addition, the SACC will be awarding certificates for

Best Flora
Best Fungi
Best Arthropod (insects, arachnids and other creepy crawlies!)

(Best flora, fungi & arthropod are SACC awards and not applicable for national finals)

Intermediate/Advanced Please note that the SACC will be providing awards for both intermediate and advanced workers in both the open sections.  All other sections & awards do not distinguish levels. This is at SACC level only.  At national finals, all images are judged together.
How many images You may enter up to three images in each of the open sections and up to two images in each of the themed sections.
How do I enter               Entry must be completed via
Nature photography definition Nature photography definition
Who are the judges Mark Sedgwick FIPF EFIAP – Celbridge Camera Club
Des Connors FIPF – Mid-Louth Camera Club
Awards Medals will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in open sections for both intermediate and advanced.
A gold medal will be awarded to first place in themed sections (providing that there are at least 10 photographers entered, otherwise a certificate will be awarded).
Certificates will be awarded for best flora, fungi and arthropod.
Certificates for honourable mentions will also be awarded.
Rules Full rules for this competition available on IPF website:
Further info Please refer to this article for further information on how to enter:
Closing date Midnight on Thursday January 24th

New year, fees, contact info and dates for your diaries…

Happy New Year from SACC to all its members. We wish you health, happiness and stunning photography in 2013!

Notice for all clubs:

Membership fees for 2013 are now due. The fee remains unchanged from last year at €50. For more information and payment methods, we’ve added a fees section to the website (include paypal link for those who wish to pay online).

Please note that only members of paid up clubs will have access to SACC competitions and only paid up clubs will be eligible to enter SACC Interclub Competition.

We’re starting the new year with our first competition (SACC round of IPF Nature competition) taking place at the end of January.  We’ll be posting updates about that competition shortly, but in the mean time, please find below a list of some other upcoming dates that might be of interest.  Details subject to change, so please check our calendar for confirmation and also for details of venue.

January 27th SACC regional round of IPF Nature Competition
February 23rd & 24th IPF Print & Projected Images Final
March 9th IPF Nature Competition National Finals
March 24th SACC Interclub Competition
May 25th IPF Distinctions Sitting
May 25th & 26th IPF Club Finals