First Night Of Our New Season.

The Blackwater Photographic Society will hold their AGM on September 1st in the Arches Bar Bellview Mallow at 8 30 pm.
This is our first night back after our summer break .  This will be a good social evening for members to catch up . Our program of events up to Christmas will be available on the night. Tea and coffee will be served.

Amendments To Our Constitution.
Proposals for amendments to the constitution will need to be with our Secretary Angela Coughlan on or before the 22nd of August . We can only accept written or emailed Proposals.   Angela can be contacted on

Blackwater Photographic Society was established in 2013 . It was founded by a group of photography enthusiasts in the north Cork area. The purpose of the society is to share and promote photography amongst its members in an informal and welcoming environment .

New members welcome, feel free to come along for a look any Mon night (you don’t have to join!) whether you are a complete beginner/enthusiastic amateur/advanced, etc.

Recent Ladies Night Shoot.


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Club In Recess For Summer

Following a very successful and eventful  first year The Blackwater Photographic Society is in recess for the summer.The club resumes on 8th September at 8.30 pm with our AGM.

New members welcome, feel free to come along for a look any Mon night (you don’t have to join!) whether you are a complete beginner/enthusiastic amateur/advanced, etc.

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Photographer of the Year competition 2014

Last night (Monday 26th May) we held our Photographer of the Year competition 2014 at The Arches Bar in Mallow. There were over 380 images entered across all 4 categories: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and B&W print which was a very impressive number of entries for our first end of season competition.

Our three guest judges from Limerick Camera Club: John Hickey, Sean Reidy (Chairman) and Siobhan Hayes did a fantastic job of examining and scoring so many images, and also spent some time giving their advice on various images as well as socialising afterwards with all the other photographers on the night. We would like to thank then all very much for time and effort on the night. It meant a lot to us all, for them to travel to Mallow and spend so much of their own time in helping us with the competition. We would also like to thank Kieran Horgan for sponsoring the perpetual cup and all the management & staff at The Arches Bar for their fantastic support throughout the season.

Now for the results: Novice Photographer of the year was won by Sheila O Connor, with Finbarr Murphy taking second place, and there was a tie for third between Con Sheehan & Joe whyte.

Intermediate Photographer of the Year was won by Łukasz Sadlak. Yvonne Esaw took second place and Kieran O Mahony was third.

In the advanced category for Photographer of the Year Rodney O Callaghan (chairman) took first place, John Flynn was second and David Lavery took third place. Rodney was also awarded overall  Blackwater Photographic Society photographer of the year with highest overall score (over 5 highest scoring images) on the night. Rodney also won B&W print photographer of the Year, Pakie O Donoghue was second is this category and there was a tie for third place between David O’Donoghue and Geraldine Dennehy. The last prize on the night was Best image and this went to David Lavery with an incredible score of 29 out of a possible 30.  Thanks to Sean Murphy, Dave accepted his award and gave his acceptance speech via Mobile phone which added to the excitement of the night. A very special thank you to local photo-journalist Stephen Murphy for awarding the prizes on the night. Stephen was very supportive of the club when we were first launched back in September and it was very fitting that he was present to award the prizes and had the final word on the night in wishing us well in the seasons to come.

This was our final meeting of the 2013-2014 season and we would like to thank everyone involved in making the night such a success, especially all those involved in providing food on the night. It was very much appreciated and also the competition committee along with all the other committee members for preparing the competition and to everyone in the entire Blackwater Photographic Society for such a successful season.

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POY Group

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May 25th Outing to the Saltee Islands

The Outing to the Saltee Islands on Sunday May 25th. Bus leaving the Arches 6.30 am sharp . Boat costs €25 . Bring Tripods,rain gear,boots and something to eat before getting on the boat to the island. Only take the minimum on to the island, Water and sandwiches or bananas as you will have to carry everything with you. A change of clothes which you can leave on the bus is advisable.

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Instagram Explained 19th May

Kieran O’Mahony will give a presentation on Instagram the photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that has  over 200 million users.

We also have Portfolios from Sheila and Brendan.

Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your phone, Pad or computer. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.

Share your photos and videos with friends and followers in a photo feed, or send posts directly to your friends.
Follow what your friends post with the click of a single button. Every time you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos and videos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.


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Killarney Outing

On Monday night last Blackwater Photographic Society had a very successful joint outing with Killarney Camera Club at Ross Castle and the surrounding areas. 23 BPS members attended on the night and met up with a further nine members from Killarney Camera Club. It was great to meet up with such a welcoming group in this uniquely photographic setting and also be provided with the local knowledge from the very friendly members of Killarney. A very special thanks goes out to Paul Garnett, who along with Rodney, arranged this joint outing. We’re already looking forward to Killarney’s visit to us and hope to see you all soon.

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Photographer Of the Year.

The deadline for submission of images is on Monday 19th May for The Photographer Of the Year competition which will be held on May 26th at 8.00 P.M. The maximum number of images per member is 15 total and they can be submitted in any of three formats  (digital projected) color prints or black and white prints. Members can submit all their entries (up to 15 total) in one format or in a mixture of formats. The marks of your 5 highest scoring entries on the night will be counted to determine the winners.

Members will be entered in three sections Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, however the  overall Photographer Of the Year can still be won by a Novice or  Intermediate if they are the highest scoring member on the night.

To qualify for entry into the Black and White Photographer Of the Year a minimum of 3 of your entries should be B&W prints.In this category your best 3 B&W prints will count.

Entries shall not have been used previously in Photographer Of the Year in any club.

Max size of mount for All Prints is 20ins x 16ins.

Judges will be from outside camera clubs in the Munster area.

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