– by Michael O’Sullivan, IPF President
It is no surprise then that Council wanted to mark (no pun intended), the occasion of Mark’s last distinctions assessment sitting on the 5th of last month in Portlaoise. I was delighted on behalf of National Council, and the membership at large to interrupt proceedings to take Mark and Rosemary by surprise, and to present them with 2 extremely prestigious awards in recognition of, and in gratitude for their immeasurable contributions to the IPF and Irish Photography. I’m specifically not saying that we honoured them, because we could never sufficiently pay our debts to Mark and Rosemary. In fact, it is they who have honoured us, for many years, and we, their thousands of indebted friends in the Irish photographic community are just saying thanks.
Rosemary was awarded the Very prestigious Brendan Walkin memorial medal for outstanding contribution, and Mark was awarded the Séamus Scullane award, gold level, which is the highest award that the IPF has at its disposal to bestow upon any member.
We wish them both the very best of luck and happiness for the future.
To see more images from Mark and Rosemary’s presentation, along with other IPF honorary award winners, please visit this gallery.