Results of our February Competition; Theme: “Open.”

The results were announced at our weekly meeting on Monday 25th February 2020.

The competition was judged by Paul Reidy & Mark O Brien, who did a super job of scoring and providing very useful feedback and comments on all entries. Huge Thanks to both judges for their excellent work.

Thanks to all Members that entered with all ranges of photography genres. The standard of entries was brilliant, with some really fantastic images presented.

Congratulations to all the winners, who are as follows:

Advanced Section.
1st: Kieran O’ Mahony
2nd: Sheila O’ Connor
3rd: Paul Madigan

Non Advanced
Joint 1st: Angela Copps/ Colm Doyle
2nd: Eamonn O Dea
3rd: Kevin O Callaghan

Competition Secretary.
Paul Madigan.


There was some outstanding results for members of Blackwater Photographic Society at the Southern Association of Camera clubs Nature Photographer of the Year competition which were held in The Horse and Jockey in Tipperary recently.

Pakie O Donoghue came away with the overall title on the day as well as a gold medal, a Silver medal and 4 honorable mentions. This was Pakies second time winning the title within three years, a fantastic achievement.

Paul Madigan also picked up a gold medal and an honorable mention, Kieran O Mahony won a Silver medal and an honorable mention and new member to the club Diarmuid O Donovan also received an honorable mention.

All awards were in the Advanced sections of the print and projected digital categories.

The winning images as well as many more qualifying images from this regional round now go forward to the national finals which take place in Carlow on the February 22nd/23rd. Best of luck to all.

An evening with Pulitzer prize winning photographer: Cathal McNaughton

A child from the Rohingya community stands outside a shack in a camp in Delhi, India August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Blackwater Photographic Society are proud to present Pulitzer Prize winning Irish photojournalist Cathal McNaughton as he discusses his incredible experiences on assignment around the world at Mallow Social Services center on Tuesday January 14th at 8pm.
From covering the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kashmir to winning the Pulitzer Prize for his work charting the displaced Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, Cathal has risked his life to bring his images to the world.
His unique style of photography has captured moments of history and brought the world’s attention to the personal stories behind major events.
During an interactive talk and question and answer session, Cathal brings to life his multi award-winning career that has seen him winning numerous accolades including POYI and UK Press Photographer of the Year.
Cathal is one of the world’s most unique storytellers and offers a fascinating insight into photojournalism. His unique body of work is both beautiful and inspiring.


Last night we had the results of round 1 in the club league.
Big congrats to Thomas Healy on winning the Advanced section and to Sheila Horgan & Eamonn O Dea who were tied on points and joint winners in the Non Advanced section.
The runners up in the advanced section were John Flynn and Kieran O Mahony while Colm Doyle and Billy Cashman were runners up in the Non Advanced section.
A massive thank you to our two judges, Jim McSweeney of Mallow camera club and to Terry McSweeney of Killarney camera club for all the time and effort they put into going through each image and providing some fantastic critique.
Thanks also to our competition secretary Paul Maddigan for all the work put into running the competition.
Well done all !!!


Last night was our first night back after the summer break and it was great to see many new faces in the crowd along with returning members.
There was a presentation on the night of framed prints and gift vouchers to the recent Mallow arts festival Photography competition winners.
Paddy Lane of Mallow Arts Alliance and Blackwater Photographic Society Chairman Sean Murphy presented the winners with their prizes.
Well done once again to Ralph De Kramer, Rebecca Murphy and Cian O Mahony on winning their categories.
Our next Meeting takes place at 8pm on Monday September 16th in The Social Services Center with our new members / Beginners course starting at 7.30pm.
New members are welcome to come along anytime during the season

New season / Open night

Interested in Photography?? Why not come along to The Blackwater Photographic Society Open night on Tuesday September 10th at The Mallow Social Services Center Located next to Mallow youth Center and Mallow Swimming pool (Eircode P51 FXF6)

New members are always very welcome.

Mallow Arts festival Photography competition winners

The winners of The Blackwater Photographic society and Mallow Arts Festival photography competition were announced recently.
We had a fantastic entry and big thanks to all that entered.
Results as follows.
Adult – Ralph De Kramer (Baby Bump)
Secondary school – Rebecca Murphy (lighthouse)
National school – Cian O Mahony (storks)
The winning images went on display in Herlihys Centra along with others images from The Blackwater Photographic members on the main Street in Mallow for the duration of the Arts festival.

Well done to the winners

Mallow Arts Festival Photography Competition

Mallow Arts Festival in association with Blackwater Photographic Society are running a photography competition as part of this years festival.The framed winning images will be displayed during the festival at Herlihys Centra on Mallows Main Street.

There will be 3 categories:


🔻Secondary school pupils

🔻National school pupils

The theme is open so anything goes.

Maximum of 3 entries per person

Email your images along with your name and phone number to blackwaterartsfestival@gmail.com before July 20th

The 2019 Mallow arts festival runs from July 24th – 28th

* Members of camera clubs not allowed to enter.



We are delighted to announce the fantastic results from the SACC Interclub 2019 competition, which was judged in the Horse and jockey Hotel Thurles Yesterday 27th April 2019.

We received 2nd in the Colour Section and we were 3rd overall in both colour and monochrome in the southern region with Mallow camera club.

We would also like to congratulate Mallow Camera club on their achievements Yesterday. Well done to all.


We are delighted to announce the great results from the National final of the Nature IPF Photographer of the Year competition, which was judged in the Talbot Hotel in Carlow 17th Feb 2019.

Non Advanced Colour Print: (Kingfisher)Paul Madigan. Gold Medal

Non Advanced Projected Colour: (Red Squirrel) Paul Madigan. Honourable Mention

Advanced Projected Open. (Sparrowhawk) Pakie O’ Donoghue. Honourable Mention.

We would also like to congratulate Mallow Camera club on their achievements in the competition, well done to all especially Vincent Higgins

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