Photographer of the Year 2017 results

The 2017 Blackwater Photographic Society Photographer of the Year competition took place last night and some fantastic images were on display.
For the second year in a row the overall Photographer of the Year was won by Kieran O Mahony with Pakie O’Donoghue in second position and John Flynn taking third place.
Sinead Salter took the intermediate photographer of the year, followed by Angela Coughlan in second position. There was a tie for third place with nothing separating Tim Coughlan and John Mullane who finished with the exact same score over the 10 images.
The Novice photographer was won by Paul Madigan but this was a very close affair also with only 1 point separating first and second place here. Narrowly missing out in second place was Damian Collins and Finbar Murphy finished in third place.
The 2017 best image was yet again another close one with two images finishing with perfect scores (Pakie O’Donoghue’s feeding sparrow hawk and Kieran O Mahony’s studio portrait) but after some deliberations the Judges awarded image of the year to Pakie O’ Donoughue.
The Black and white photographer of the year was also won by Kieran O Mahony.

Thanks very much to our judges on the night, Paul Reidy, Rory O Connor and Mark Gorman all members of Blarney Camera club who did a fantastic job on the night and gave excellent critique on some of the images.
Thanks too to Angela, Sinead, Sean, Pakie and Kieran for all their help on the night making sure everything ran smoothly.


1st Kieran O’Mahony
2nd Pakie O’Donoghue
3rd John Flynn

1st Sinead Salter
2nd Angela Coughlan
Joint 3rd John Mullane
Tim Coughlan

1st Paul Madigan
2nd Damian Collins
3rd Finbarr Murphy

BEST IMAGE: Pakie O’Donoghue




Kieran O’Mahony

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SACC Great win for club

The Blackwater Photographic Society had fantastic result in Kilkenny recently at the Southeren Association of camera Clubs Interclub competition where they won the  Black and White print category, one of three sections in the competition, colour print, black and white print and projected image.
Overall the club finished in a strong 4th place.
It’s a fantastic achievement overall for the club as it was up against some of the strongest clubs in the country.
Each category comprised of 10 images from various photographers in each club.
The colour print and black and white print now go on to compete in the national finals which take place in Mullingar next month. Last year the club finished in 3rd place overall in the colour print in the Nationals, another fantastic result.
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Visit From Mallow Camera Club

A great night with a visit from Mallow Camera Club with some great photography .Thanks to the presenters and everyone for making it a successful evening and especially those who brought all the lovely food. We hope all those who attended had a very pleasant evening.


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Club Exhibition in Cork County Library

An exhibition of work by our members is currently on display in Cork County Library (Carrigrohane Road, Cork). Why not drop in and take a look and let us know what you think. We’d be delighted to hear from you. And remember, we’re always open to new members.
Below are a few images of a sample of the exhibition sent to us by the Library staff.

Established is 2013, Blackwater Photographic Society 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 welcoming environment.
we meet every Monday night from September to May in the Function Room of the Arches Bar in Mallow Co.Cork.
Contact: Angela Coughlan (Chairperson) 086 3965995, website: or email

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Mallow Library Exhibition 2017

Hi Everyone. This week is the Start of our annual exhibition in the Public library in Mallow. It shows a broad range of work from amongst our varied members. It runs from Thursday 5th January until Wednesday January 18th. Why not call in and have a look , and make to let us know what you think. And remember – we’re always open to new members. Below are a some of our members with our exhibition.

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Salon success for Kieran O’Mahony

Kieran received a FIAP Bronze medal in the Nature section and a FIAP ribbon in the landscape section plus 11 other images accepted in the Cork International Salon of Photography recently which had over 7,000 images entered. Fantastic result Kieran. Well done.

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Pakie O’Donoghue (LIPF)

Congratulations to Blackwater Photographic Society member Pakie O’Donoghue on his success at the IPF Distinction sitting in Thurles Institute of Technology recently. Pakie was awarded his Licentiateship Distinction of the Irish Photographic Federation (LIPF) by president of the IPF Michael O Sullivan after his panel if images were assessed by a panel of experienced photographers. The Licentiate requires a panel of ten printed images to be presented. The panel may be general subject matter or in a specialist category and must demonstrate competence in all key areas of camera skill.
Well done and congratulations Pakie.

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