HAPPY snappers in the South Kildare Photography Club gave it their best shot at the recent Midlands Photographic Group competition – and their best was good enough to scoop the top prize of the Challenge Shield.
Seven photography clubs from across the midlands took part in the competition which was held in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Sunday 10 November, with a total of 14 panels made up of 112 individual images being judged. In preparation for their entry, the club established a sub-committee early in 2019 who took it upon themselves to look after the collection and selection of images as well as the assembly of the two final panels, in black and white and colour.
Sheila Kavanagh, Kenneth Kelleher, Kevin Lumsden and Kieran Commins got to work in spring to look for suitable images to build the panels. After a long process of gathering, evaluating and choosing, the selection committee finally decided on 8 black-and-white and 8 colour images from sixteen different club members.
Scoring was carried out by two independent judges who assigned points on the basis of ‘impact’, ‘technical ability’ and ‘composition’. The South Kildare Photography Club totalled 2,662 points out of a possible 3,080, winning the overall title of Midlands Photography Group (Club of the Year.
Club member Billy Nicholls won the best color image and Vincent Brady won best black and white image. Billy’s image ‘I’m Freezing’ scored an outstanding 172 points out of a possible 180, winning him the overall title of Photographer of the Year 2019.
The overall result reflects the extremely high standard of photography skills across the club and is a fantastic achievement for all involved. The club would especially like to thank Allan Nielsen for his excellent print work and mounting of its competition images and John Leahy, Kenneth Kelleher and Kevin Lumsden for hanging the panels on the day.