Three members of the Clare Camera Club made successful applications to the Irish Photographic Federation for distinctions last weekend.
Kilmihil’s Gerard O’Neill whose work appears in The Clare Echo’s sport section weekly submitted a panel for associateship. The panel for this consists of fifteen prints on a theme with hurling and football selected by the Sixmilebridge resident.
Joe Ahearne and Thomas O’Flynn both from Ennis submitted panels of ten prints for licentiateship.
After selection, the panels go before a number of judges for scrutiny, any flaws or defects result in the panel failing to pass. Getting a distinction is a recognition that a photographer has reached a certain standard of competency.
“It is important to point out that the success of the three panels was due to the advice and guidance from club members John Mangan, Michael O’Brien and Michael Kearney. As a club we all help one another and this is at the core of the ethos of the club,” Gerard told The Clare Echo.