From left: Ger O’Halloran, Secretary SACC, Michael O’Brien, Michael Kearney, Thomas O’Flynn & Gerard O’Neill.

CLARE CAMERA CLUB snapped up two awards from the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC).

Formed four years ago, the Clare Camera Club which has twenty five members presently were the toast of Cork recently as their work was acknowledged by the SACC. The Camera Club is affiliated with the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and the SACC.

Competitions and regional qualifying rounds of the IPF are organised by the SACC. Clubs in the south of Ireland were recently invited to enter submissions for two competitions, one for large clubs (Cup) and one for small clubs (shield).

Alan Sweeney hitting the ground was among the photos included. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

In their entry for the shield, Clare Camera Club submitted ten colour photos and ten photos in black and white.

“To our surprise, we won both,” treasurer of the Camera Club, Gerard O’Neill admitted. Kilmihil native Gerard whose work features in The Clare Echo weekly, travelled to Cork for their presentation from the SACC alongside chairman Michael Kearney, secretary Michael O’Brien and committee member Thomas O’Flynn.

All four had work included in the submission along with fellow members, Beata Rosik and Joe Aherne.

Photographs that formed part of the application included animals, nature, sporting duels and life during lockdown.

Since the establishment of The Clare Echo five years ago, the photography of members of The Camera Club has enriched the pages of our paper both in print and online, most notably the contributions of O’Neill, John Mangan and the late Martin Connolly.

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