On July 13th 2015, Lilian Webb AIPF on behalf of the IPF, was delighted to present John Wilkinson AIPF with the Brendan Walkin Memorial Medal for his outstanding service to the Irish photography.
John has been a member of Enniscorthy Camera Club since 1978. Two years later he was in charge of the Beginners. The following year and to 1984, John was Club Secretary. For the next three years, John was Vice Chairman of the Committee. John took on the mantle of Chairman from 1988 to 1991 and was Exhibition Secretary from 1994 to 1999. In 2001, John was elected President and Honorary Member of Enniscorthy Camera Club. John has served Enniscorthy Camera Club at every level and competed at all levels of photography and continues to do so.
John served on the Council of the Irish Photographic Federation for many years with great wisdom. His term as Honorary Treasurer commenced in 1998. He diligently collected the IPF distinction fees up to 2004. John also served as Audio Visual Director on Council from 1990 to 1998. Last year, the Council of the Irish Photographic Federation granted him Honorary Life Membership.
Looking back to the third Irish Photographic Federation’s National Audio Visual Championships, held 30 years ago, in 1985, John entered a sequence “Wicklow Way”. John was chairman of Enniscorthy Camera Club when they hosted the IPF National AV Championships in 1989. John’s sequences have been shown in many year’s Championships since, right up to 2014. John embraced the move from the analogue to digital medium.
In the Club, John, you are fondly called “Uncle John”. So, “Uncle John”, John Wilkinson AIPF, it gives us great pleasure on behalf of the IPF President, members of IPF Council, Audio Visual workers and members of Enniscorthy Camera Club to acknowledge your services to Irish Photography with the Brendan Walkin Memorial Medal.
Long may you continue to delight photographers and non-photographers with your slide shows and audio visual sequences.
Congratulations. Well deserved.