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Irish Photographic Federation


March 2023

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter. I am eagerly looking forward to the National Photography Competition presentation in the Horse and Jockey in Thurles on April 22nd. The closing date is fast approaching so be sure to get your entries in on time. All the information is on the IPF Website. Thanks to Bermingham Cameras for the fantastic prize of a Nikon Z6 II and a 24-70mm lens for the Image of the Year.
Remember – if you’re not in you can’t win! Hoping to see many of you there on the day to enjoy the best of Irish photography.

There is also preliminary information about the National Nature Photography Competition on our website. The competition will take place in the Autumn and further information will be made available later.

This issue contains an announcement about the National Club Championships in Mullingar on May 20th and 21st. Canon are sponsoring this competition and we will have exciting news on the sponsorship shortly. So start selecting your prints and make sure that your club gets its entries in on time.

We had a very successful distinction sitting in Thurles on March 11th. We saw some wonderful panels of prints and I believe that, for the first time ever, all the AIPF panels were successful. The standard of the work submitted continues to impress myself and the other assessors. It is a real pleasure to be viewing such wonderful prints. Thanks to Des Clinton, Paul Stanley, Bob Morrison, the assessors and all the team that worked so hard on the day to make the occasion a success.

Congratulations to all who submitted successful panels. If you didn’t succeed, take on board the advice give by the assessors and try again.

Best wishes,

John Butler, FIPF, ARPS, President
Irish Photographic Federation

What's Inside this Month?

  • National Club Championships 2023

  • FIAP News

Irish Photographic Federation

National Club Championship 2023

The Irish Photographic Federation will host, in association with Canon, the National Club Championships 2023 on Sat 20th & Sun 21st May in Áras An Chontae, Mount St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Please see below information and link for how to register your club's interest in the event. Following the completion of registration and payment of fee you will receive further information on the submission process. On a separate note each club will need to forward a PDF / JPEG of the layout of both your club’s colour and monochrome panels to the coordinator.

Dominic Reddin


Irish Photographic Federation

National Club Championships

Entering the National Club Championship

1. Introduction
1. The National Club Championship is an inter-club competition open to all clubs in good standing with the Federation.
2. All clubs affiliated to the Federation are eligible to enter, i.e., there are no regional qualifying competition.

2. Conditions of Entry
1. To compete, a club submits a panel of 10 monochrome digital images and a panel of 10 colour digital images. Clubs may also include two additional images per panel to act as substitutes for disqualified images.
2. The overall award (Sean Casey Memorial Trophy) will be awarded to the club with the highest combined monochrome and colour panel scores. Clubs who choose to enter only one panel will not be eligible to win the overall award.
3. All photographs shown on a panel must be the work of registered members of the competing club.
4. A person may not represent more than one club in the IPF, or in NIPA, in any one year.
5. A maximum of two images from an individual may appear on a panel.
6. All images used in the competition shall be the original work of the author. Where the Federation requests proof of authorship that proof shall be provided without delay.
7. Images used in previous National Club Championship are not eligible.
8. Scoring in the competition shall be on the basis of the official score sheet. Each judge will score independently. Results shall be based on the aggregate scores given by all judges to each competing panel.
9. The judges’ decision shall be final.

3. Submission of Entries

a. Please click on the following link to register to enter the competition : https://irishphoto.wufoo.com/forms/z1622chc0jn79zd/
b. On receipt of the completed entry form and payment, the club will receive an email from the co-ordinator confirming entry.
c. There will be an entry fee of €90.00 per club.
d. Payment will form part of the online entry form process and can be by PayPal or bank transfer. The IPF IBAN will be included in the acknowledgement email, which will follow the completion of the entry form.
e. All payments by bank transfer should use your club Name as the reference.
f. Images for layout projected panels should be resized to 1600 pixels on longest edge, 300 PPI, jpg quality 10.
g. The IPF reserves the right to publish any image entered in the National Club Championships, with due acknowledgement and without payment of a fee, for the purposes of promoting the event and the IPF. This includes, but is not limited to, use on the IPF website. The copyright of all such images remains with their respective authors.
h. Closing date for entries is Midnight Friday 5th May 2023.

The Conduct of the National Club Championship
1. The National Club Championship shall take place under the supervision of the Event Coordinator, and other officials appointed by the National Council, and who shall act as the official referee.
2. Judges appointed by the National Council shall adjudicate the National Club Championship:
The judges for this years Club Championships are Sue O'Connell FIPF EFIAP/d2 ARPS DPAGB BPE5* , Armando Jongejon FRPS, Peter Brisley ARPS

3. The judges’ decision is final and no discussion of that decision shall be entered into.
4. It is not permissible to publicly dispute the judges’ decision or comment at any time during the National Club Championship, up to and including the award ceremony. Breach of this rule by a member of a club may lead to disqualification of that club’s entry.
5. The results of the National Club Championship will be announced on Sunday afternoon May 21st 2023.
6. Entry into the competition shall be deemed to be acceptance of the rules of the competition.
7. All entries must conform to the current specification as defined by FIAP in each category.


1. The IPF reserves the right to publish any image entered in the National Club Championship, without payment of a fee. Copyright of all images remains with the respective authors.
2. The National Council’s decision in all matters relating to the National Club Championship shall be final.
3. Where any Club considers that a person or Club is in breach of any of the National Club Championship rules of the National Club Championship, that Club may lodge a formal complaint with the Federation stating the details of the alleged offence, which complaint, to be valid, must be accompanied by a payment of €60 to cover the costs of the investigation into the complaint. If the complaint is upheld, the fee will be returned and the offending Club will be liable for the costs of the investigation, in addition to any other penalty, which may be imposed. Any such complaint must be lodged prior to the commencement of judging. Once judging has begun, the organisers will not entertain any complaints.
4. Any Club in breach of the rules shall be subject to a penalty as determined by National Council.
5. It is incumbent on all participating Clubs to ensure that they have adhered to the rules of the competition and all rules shall be enforced on the basis that all competing Clubs and Club members have taken full cognisance of the rules.


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8th FIAP Photo Meeting – 10th to 16th June 2023 in Asturias, Spain

Details are available at the link below regarding this year’s FIAP Photomeeting.

If you are interested in attending please register and pay for the ground package at this link:


You will also have to get yourself to the Asturias airport. There are direct flights with Ryanair from Dublin (though not daily) and with Iberia from Dublin via Madrid (daily). Or else with Aer Lingus to Bilbao and then by road to Gijon.

FIAP Distinctions

Many thanks to everyone who has submitted an application for distinctions this year. Each application is being double checked and I am on target to send them to FIAP early in April. I would hope to hear back from FIAP from Mid-May onwards.

FIAP Liaison Officer for the IPF