Last week, at the Carlow Photographic Society AGM, we had a very special presentation to make to one member.
It gave members of the CPS great pleasure to see our founding member, Charley Callinan, presented with the Irish Photographic Federation Peter Slattery Memorial Award.
The Carlow Photographic Society was founded by both Charley Callinan and Stephan Nolan in 2003. Having both moved to Carlow, both former members of Tallaght Photographic Society, they decided to put an advertisement in the Nationalist to see if other like minded people would be interested in meeting to form a club and the rest as they say is history!
Charley is an honorary and still very active member of the club. He has an in-depth knowledge of photography which he freely shares with members, be it on composition, exposure, which type of lens to use, the list goes on. Charley’s experience with photography goes right back to the fantastic days of a roll of film and developing and seeing prints come alive in the darkroom.
He likes to keeps his fellow members and the committee on their toes! The endless hours, days, weeks, years he has given to the Carlow Photographic Society is something we have all gained from photographically, individually and socially. Many friendships made, many a joke to be heard, many a laugh to be had.
The IPF Peter Slattery Memorial Award is a special award given to a member, who in the opinion of their club, has contributed significantly to the workings of the club over the years.
It gave Gilbert Smyth, being his last official job as Chairperson, great pleasure to present Charley with this special medal on behalf of all the members, for all his 17 years of hard work and dedication to the CPS.
Thank you Charley for founding such an amazing club and for being such a huge part of our photographic family which you created in 2003 and here’s to many more years ahead to look forward to 📸
Pictured L-R: Joe Ratttigan, newly elected Chairperson, with founding member Charley Callinan being presented his special award and a beautiful handmade card by Gilbert Smyth on his last official job as Chairperson.