On May 16th, the IPF was delighted to present Bob Morrison FIPF ARPS Brendan Walkin Memorial Medal for his longstanding and outstanding services to the Irish photography.
A native of Cork, now domiciled in Mullingar, Bob holds both FIPF and ARPS Distinctions. Bob was a an early member of the Mullingar Camera Club in 1984/85 season. Mullingar Camera Club was affialiated to the Irish Photographic Federation and Bob attended his first National Championships in 1985 and joined the National Council so after.
Bob has held many and varied roles on the National Council in that time. He served as Vice President of the Irish Photographic Federation in the late 80s. He was National Competition Secretary for 3 years, and was the person who organised the first ever National Shield competition for the IPF some 15 years ago. While he wasn’t busy at all of that, he found time to be the Auditor for the Irish Photographic Federation and also Chairperson of the Mid West region for 10 years.
Many of us now know him as the Irish Photographic Federation Distinction Secretary. He took up the role in late 2010 and he has held the role through the busiest time ever for Distinctions in the Irish Photographic Federation. We are now up to three Adjudication sessions per season and we may need even more! That’s more than 150 applications in three batches every year. And that’s the tip of the iceberg in the Distinctions process. The logistics planning from sourcing venues, working with the local clubs and then organising the Adjudication day itself. This role is just the latest in a remarkable list of service to Irish photography.
Well done Bob and on behalf of the wider IPF family, our deepest thanks!