John Hooton Workshops

Multiple award winning photographer John Hooton FIAP FRPS MFIAP has announced four new dates for his weekend photography workshops in Dingle, Co.Kerry this September.  John is a master of his craft and has recently published his first book featuring a collection of his images taken around the Dingle coastline.

For further information, please see John’s website:


Celtic Challenge 2013

We are delighted to announce that the SACC, in conjunction with the IPF (Irish Photographic Federation), will be hosting the Celtic Challenge competition this year.  The Celtic Challenge is an annual international photographic competition between federations from celtic nations.  The competition travels between countries and this year it’s the turn of Ireland.

The competition will be held in the Clarion Hotel in Cork City on Saturday, September 28th 2013 and the SACC are organising a full weekend of activities as we look forward to welcoming visitors to our lovely city and surrounding countryside.  More details will be posted shortly, but for now, please see below for our draft program of events.  Any questions or queries, please send them to us via the contact form on our website and we’d be delighted to respond!

celtic challenge

Upcoming IPF Events

Audio Visual Showdown

May 11th @ Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon

Distinctions Sitting

May 18th @ Athlone IT

National Club Finals Weekend (including guest speakers & AGM)

May 25th & 26th @ The Atrium, Country Council Buildings, Mullingar

For further details, please refer to

Pictorial UK photographer Irene Froy EFIAP MPAGP Hon PAGB at Mallow Camera Club, April 22nd *updated start time*

Mallow Camera Club are delighted to extend an invitation to clubs and their members to attend a presentation by UK photographer Irene Froy EFIAP MPAGP Hon PAGB at Mercy Centre, Mallow on Monday April 22nd – 8.30pm (please note that start time has changed to 8.30pm, previously advertised at 8pm).

Admission €5

Don’t miss out on a chance to see Irene’s wonderful work up close and to hear her talk about her photography.

irene froy talk

SACC Interclub Competition 2013 – Results!

With the biggest ever number of competing clubs, two excellent guest speakers and three very experienced judges, we’re pleased to announce that the SACC Interclub Competition 2013 is now complete.

There are a bunch of people to thank for making it so and at the risk of leaving someone out we are going to list you all :-)

Thank you to the organisers (in particular to Bill Power & Niamh Whitty from SACC Committee and Donal Byrne & John Cuddihy from Kilkenny Photographic Society), the clubs who competed (all 17 of you), the judges (Ciaran Whyte, Gerry Kerr & Judy Boyle), the speakers (Michael O’Sullivan & Morgan O’Neill), the hotel staff (Hotel Kilkenny), the people who attended (that’s you lot!) and to all involved in logistics of the day (Denis O’Driscoll, John Hogan, Anna Brennan, Neily Curtin & Jason Town with his magic spreadsheet!)

Specific thanks to the men from Kilkenny Photographic Society who lugged the panel boards up four flights of stairs, and particularly to Donal Byrne for all his help organising the venue for both this and the SACC Nature Competition.

We’d also like to thank the Mayor of Kilkenny, Seán Ó HArgáin, who spoke at the awards ceremony.

We are delighted to announce that the overall winners and SACC Interclub Champions 2013 are Cork Camera Group.  Huge congratulations to all involved at Cork Camera Group.   Kilkenny Photographic Society took a very well deserved second place overall (& won the colour print panel) and Mallow Camera Club finished in third place overall (& won projected image panel).  Congrats also to Waterford Camera Group who won the monochrome print panel. Panels shown below.

Finally, and by no means least, we would also like to to recognise the achievement of Ronan Doyle from Kilkenny Photographic Society who took the title of best overall image and best monochrome print, Tomasz Grzelaczyk also from Kilkenny Photographic Society who won best colour print award and John Hooton from Mallow Camera Club who was awarded best projected image. Images shown below.

For full results, please go to our results page.

The trio of panels from Cork Camera Group which led them to overall success!

The trio of panels from Kilkenny Photographic Society which resulted in second place overall!

The trio of panels from Mallow Camera Club which gave them third place overall!

Waterford Camera Club finished fourth place overall, narrowly missing out on third place. However, they did go home with some silverware as they won the monochrome print section and placed third in projected images.

Finally, the individual awards!

SACC Interclub Competition 2013 – Schedule & Speakers

Remember the treats that we’ve been mentioning in relation to the SACC Interclub Competition this year?


SACC interclub 2013

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve organised to show you two exceptional fellowship panels up close and personal, with presentations by their authors, Michael O’Sullivan FIPF FRPS from Cork Camera Group and Morgan O’Neill FIPF EFIAP from Mallow Camera Club.

To cover costs, there is a nominal fee of just €2 per lecture and we hope that you will take the chance to avail of this excellent opportunity to attend both talks by two outstanding photographers, not to mention to have the chance to view two fellowship panel prints in close detail.

Members from all clubs are welcome to attend, regardless if they have entered the competition or not.  In addition to our guest speakers, there will be some wonderful images on show in the competition from SACC clubs and the SACC Interclub day is always an enjoyable experience and a chance to catch up with old friends, colleagues and fellow photographers!

This event is being hosted by the Southern Association of Camera Clubs in conjunction with Kilkenny Photographic Society to whom we extend our thanks.

Finally, we’d like to wish all competing clubs the very best of luck!

Further info Full event details, location, judges, rules and entry requirements

Schedule for day is below and while we’ll do our very best to ensure that we follow it as closely as possible, please bear in mind that we are a team of volunteers doing the best we can!

9am-10.30am Registration and hanging of panels.
11am Morning judging session (private)

Guest Speaker: Morgan O’Neill FIPF EFIAP
Cost: €2 (we’d appreciate exact change please!)
1pm-2pm Lunch break
2pm Afternoon judging session (private)

Guest Speaker: Michael O’Sullivan FIPF FRPS
Cost: €2 (we’d appreciate exact change please!)
4pm Panels available for public viewing
4.30pm Judges commentary followed by awards ceremony
Note Panels may not be removed from panel boards until permission is given by SACC Committee AFTER awards ceremony.

IPF National Nature Finals 2013 – SACC Club Members Shine!

We’re delighted to report that it’s an SACC club member who takes home the top prize from the IPF National Nature Finals held on Saturday, March 9th 2013 in Kilkenny.

The congratulations go to Michael Murphy from Cork Camera Group for his image “Irish Hare in Morning Dew” which won ‘Best overall image’.  This image topped the Projected Image – Open section and Michael also claimed a bronze medal in the same category. Well done Michael!

We also are very pleased to recognise the achievement of Bill Power from Mallow Camera Club (and our very own SACC Chairman!) who took home no less than three awards. Bill placed first in Colour Print – Theme (Peatland Ireland)  with “Griston Bullrush”, second in the Colour Print -Open  with “Amethyst Deceiver” and also received an honourable mention for “Toadstool Triplets” in Projected Image – Open.

Charlie Galloway from Waterford Camera Club took home two honourable mentions – one in Projected Image – Theme (Birds Feeding) and the second in Colour Print – Open with “Kingfisher”.

Finally, Edward Delaney from Enniscorthy Camera Club received an honourable mention for “New Life” in Projected Image – Open.

Congratulations again to all – a very proud day for the SACC!

We are delighted to showcase their winning image below and wish them further success in the coming years with their beautiful nature photography images.

(The image here are from SACC clubs, to see a full report and view the rest of the winning images from the other regions, please take a look at this link on IPF website)