We rounded off the club year with our final competition which was an open themed print. It was great to have so many entries and to get the opportunity to see the prints up close. A big thank you goes out to Billy Dermody, our competition secretary, who did a great job organising all the competitions for the year.

Well done to Mícheál Ó Searcóid on winning the Unrestricted Category with his lovely print all the ways from Victoria Australia!  It was a fairly close competition with only a few points separating the top 3.

The Unrestricted Category results were:

1st Mícheál Ó Searcóid: Lake Weeroona – 167pts

2nd Paul Garnett: Lake Patricia Dawn – 166pts

3rd Seamus Long: Flamingo in Flight – 163pts

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The Novice Category results were:

1st Keith Johnson: Boat 156 points

2nd Jane Thomas: Fox in Long Grass 151 points

3rd Finola O’Sullivan: Female Hen Harrier 151 points

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The gallery of all images is available here.

Details of the full competition results are here.

After seven competitions during the year this now brings our Photographer of the Year (POTY)  races to a conclusion.

Terry presenting Paul with the POTY 2017 trophy.

Congratulations to Paul Garnett on recapturing the Photographer of the Year title with a grand total of 336 points and to Mary Cremin on winning the Novice Photographer of the Year with 265 points.

The top 3 in the Unrestricted POTY were

1st. Paul Garnett: 336 points

2nd: Seamus Long: 319 points

3rd: Adrian Healy: 313 points

Terry presenting Mary with her POTY 2017 Trophy

The top 3 in the Novice POTY were:

1st: Mary Cremin: 265 points

2nd: Finola O’Sullivan: 256 points

3rd: Sheila Foley: 255 points.

The final POTY table is available here.

Well done everyone, and I hope you get out there and take lots of photos and I look forward to seeing them in next year’s competitions!