Onwards & Upwards

Ita Boyle & Kevin Mynes walking up Slane Hill

Onwards and upwards…….

Two togs, Ita & Kevin from Navan Camera Club on their way up Slane Hill. This was our first outing of 2010/2011 season and we were blessed with glorious weather. We had a great turnout on the day between old and new members. Looking forward already to our next outing.

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Afterglow

Salthill evening

Over the course of a beautiful evening in Salthill last year, people used the diving board as a viewing spot to watch the setting sun and the gorgeous colours of the sun’s afterglow. In this long exposure image, two people stayed in the one spot long enough to leave only  a ghostly trace.

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Blue

Blue mesh with raindrops

Blue

Something a little different this time. One from the Photowalk.ie outing to the Botanic Gardens a couple of weeks back. No great story behind it, just a snap of a blue mesh fence.

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Dáil resumes as do the protests

Last week was the first week back for the Dáil following the summer recess and the protesters were back in full force. It started Tuesday with people protesting against a visiting delegation from China, the second pic shows the subject of their ire travelling past, while the third is a man showing his opposition to NAMA and the prescription levy.

On Wednesday thats when the real show began with the Dáil coming back and all manners of protesters taking to the streets. There were people highlighting cancer screening, the anti civil partnership group, the families of children who’ve died in HSE care, the ICTU march, some anti-choicers including old heads from Youth Defence, Godly people, community groups and more. So the last lot of shots are from that motley crue and as ever there are more protest pics from last week on Pixie.

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On a wing and a prayer

Red Admiral
A Red Admiral butterfly taking a rest by the shore of Lough Corrib on Sunday morning. Now that it is October, adult Admirals have a choice to make – make the long flight to southern Europe and north Africa for the winter or stay in Ireland. The ones that stay die, as do a fair share of the voyagers. But enough of the departed survive to make the return journey in the spring and begin the cycle of regeneration once more. This one has a damaged wing and while it could flutter well enough around the edge of the lake, it would be a much greater challenge to fly 1500 miles south.

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Rainbow over Lough Corrib

Rainbow over Lough Corrib
The appearance of a rainbow makes up for getting drenched as showers rolled over Lough Corrib in Galway on Sunday morning. Picture taken near Moycullen.

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JOHN HOOTON RECEIVES MAJOR AWARD.

John Hooton receives major international photographic award.

As Mallow Camera Club celebrates 25 years in existence one of its co-founders, John Hooton was recently awarded with the highest honour attainable from the photographic world.

F.I.A.P., the International Federation of Photographic Art is the governing body for camera clubs in over 90 countries worldwide.  It awards distinctions to photographers who attain the highest levels of excellence in their work on an international basis.

John has been to the fore of the photographic world for the last number of years.  The Irish Photographic Federation, the second oldest photographic group in the world, have three distinctions to which photographers strive to attain and John has been successful if reaching the pinnacle of this receiving his Fellowship in 1999.  Following this John was also awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Federation and an Excellence award from F.I.A.P

Master F.I.A.P. is the highest award achievable and less that 150 photographers worldwide have received this honour.  Before a photographer receives this award they must show in their work the highest standard and also be recognised by other countries through competition and exhibitions. John’s work has been seen throughout Ireland, England, mainland Europe, America and Australia and he has won numerous national and international awards.  John also explained that he travels extensively throughout Ireland lecturing on photography and also leading workshops and groups on field trips.  It is then up to each countries national body to nominate any individual photographer who they feel has reached all the criteria set out by F.I.A.P.

John, together with fellow photographer Des Clinton from Drogheda were asked to submit a panel of 20 images for consideration and also a citation on their work.  Both were successful and are now the only two Irish photographers who can add MFIAP to their name.

At an award ceremony held in Carrigoon recently John was presented with his certificate by F.I.A.P. Liasion Officer in Ireland, Mr. Sean Casey. Also present was the President of the Irish Photographic Federation, Mr. Mark Sedgwick, Lord Mayor of Mallow Mr. Willie O’Regan, local T.D. Mr. Sean Sherlock, Mr. Noel O’Connor local councillor, members of Mallow Camera Club and other camera clubs from throughout Munster, family and friends.

Mark Sedgwick president of the IPF,Noreen Hooton,John Hooton and Sean Casey Irish officer for FIAP.

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