From September to June each year

VIA ZOOM currently






Every great photographer started out as a novice,

and our camera club is a very supportive environment to learn and develop your skills.


Support to develop your photographic skills
Weekly club meetings (sept-june) focussing on Photographic genres and topics.
In summer months: weekly photo- outings
Monthly and annual club competitions, 
and an annual exhibition, where you can exhibit your images. 

The club also enters regional national and international photographic competitions/ salons.


Our club meetings/ workshops are at 8pm on Wednesdays, via Zoom, and the meeting ID is posted on PCC's members-only facebook page on the day before the session. If you are interested in Joining PCC please email our secretary at for details.

We welcome people who may be interested in joining to come to a couple of our sessions for free before committing to membership.

This weeks GUEST SPEAKEr: Wed 23rd Sept 2020

This Wednesday evening will be a treat for the eyes and the mind/ soul !!!

We will be 'Touching the Light' with Ken Scott as he provides us not only with his beautiful images, but also his insights on the philosophy and psychology of photography and for mindfulness in photography. Ken Scott is a photographer, adventurer, speaker, and coach from Sussex, England.

Ken says he has rarely if ever been anywhere with the sole intention of making photographs. "Over nearly forty years I have discovered that if I experience a place fully, then meaningful photographs follow naturally. My photography grew up in the mountains of the UK, where I taught myself to respond to the rhythms of the land and the light, working instinctively with the landscape and intuitively with simple cameras. My own brand of ‘mountain light’ photography became “Touching the Light”. In this landmark presentation, I share with you some principles and stories for BEING in the landscape, for becoming attuned to light, for going with your own flow as a photographer."

See Kens images (below ) and at

Previous GUEST SPEAKERs 2020

Fancy a bit of far-flung escapism? We have a treat for you this Wednesday 16th Sept with Julian Elliott presenting his fantastic travel photography to us: focussing on Mongolia. Julian has been a professional landscape and travel photographer for 10 years. Having started writing for a number of British UK photography magazines he started selling his work through the World renowned Getty Images. To date his work has sold in over 40 countries and he has travelled in over 30 countries capturing the world around him.

Mongolia - From Steppe to Eagle Hunters. Journey from Mongolia's capital to the Altai in the country's far west. See how Julian's journey in this vast country unfolded and hear how he captured the vast landscapes and the people that inhabit them. Watch how Julian switches between from being a landscape photographer to travel to sports when the talk finishes with a look at the Eagle Festival

The Zoom ID will be posted on the members only Facebook Page the day before. Or if you are interested in joining PCC just email for the zoom id: come along for one or two sessions for free before you make up your mind. And please do share this post with anyone you think might be interested in joining.... see you on Wednesday at 8pm!

APRIL 2020


a message from the club committee to all of our members

Hi to all members of Palmerstown Camera Club. It is truly extraordinary times, and the Committee wishes you the very best as we collectively face this unprecedented challenge. We feel very strongly that we want to continue to provide a support for each other, together, and that PCC is very much a support to us all- no matter what! If any member needs to talk, to reach out, or to connect -we are all here for each other.

The committee met at the end of March, and has done a fantastic job of re-organising our schedule so that we can continue to operate as a group on Wednesday nights... We won't be meeting in the Parish Centre as a group, but instead we will be using the teleconferencing site:

We have reorganised our schedule a bit to use zoom presenters rather than group meetings in the hall, and got some great speakers from Ireland and the UK too!!!

1st April = Judging night, for our first ever annual Packy Maguire Memorial Creative Photography Competition 

8th April = Janey Lazenby from UK on art photography and using textures;

15th April = Mike Pilkington from Malahide on travel photography, and hand-in for Pastimes;

22nd April = Judging for Pastimes;

29th April = our own Joe Houghton on Long Exposures using Lightroom.

     6th May = Ian Carruthers: Weather predictions for photography and post processing      

     13th May = Cherry Larcombe: (UK) Creative Flower Photography: how to do it & Hand In: Open

     20th May = Judging: Open Theme

     27th May = Workshop: ‘Most common mistakes’ and ‘Do you fancy yourself as a judge?’ with Michael Church

     3rd June = John Bermingham

     10th June = Ross Mc Kelvey

     17th June= Gary Jones Wildlife Photography.

     24th June= Workshop: John Bermingham Composite Photography   

     1st July= Carol Mc Niven Young

     8th July= Polina Plotnikova

    15th July= James Kerwin

    22nd July= Announcement of our PCC End of Year League results and fun virtual social

    29th July = PCC virtual End of Year Exhibition competition results and last night of this season

   We will begin the 2020-21 season in September!!!

For Zoom sessions each member will need to click into a ZOOM weblink from your phone/ laptop/desktop (desktop/ laptop gives best results).

Each week's ZOOM ID will be on the club members facebook page the day before the event, and also will be texted to each member.

The session will start at 8pm, but if people want to log in from 7.45pm the meeting will be open, as we will take a few minutes before we start to make sure everyone who wants to join in, can access the link.

It should be very straightforward but: if anyone has any difficulty they can text/ call or facebook message any committee member who can talk them through joining the link. ( eg: aidan/ mary/ nina/ declan/ mags/ anne / maria/ dee/ frank/ michael etc). 

 Please note that due to Covid, we will be having our 2020 AGM in September rather than June. Further details will be posted here and on Facebook members pages in the next few weeks.

Also, due to COVID restrictions, the 2020 John Thorpe Nature Competition will be held early in the new season, (Sept/Oct/Nov 2020) details will be announced in the next few weeks.

And the 2021 John Thorpe Nature Competition will be held at the usual time, at the end of the 2020-21 club season in June 2021. 

Thanks a mill, and stay safe everyone -

Elaine Butler

Chairperson PCC, on behalf of the Committee

PREVIOUS winners of our

'image of the month competition'

Image of the month winner May 2020




Packy Maguire Memorial Competition Winner


Michael Moore



PCC Image of the month: jan 2020

by Maria Forster

PCC Image of the month: DEC 2019

by Tony McIntyre

PCC Image of the month: NOV 2019

by Ann Gregg

PCC Image of the month: OCT 2019

by Brenda Hartley

PCC Image of the month: SEPT 2019

by Maria Forster


the WINNERS of our

annual Photography exhibition


which was held in Palmerstown Parish Hall

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019

Best Overall Image

Cuban Boy - Lorraine Morris

Best Projected Image

Liffey Sunrise - Ann Gregg

Best Monochrome Print

Leon - Nina Butler

Best Colour Print

Red Rose - Teresa Kavanagh

PCC Image of the month: May 2019 

May's winning image by David Barrett                                                 

Congratulations David!                                                  

PCC Image of the month: April 2019 

April's winning image by Frank Delaney                                                

Great Image Frank!                                                

   PCC Image of the month: March 2019  

March's winning image by Liam Cunningham                                                

Congratulations Liam!                                                

   PCC Image of the month: February 2019: 

February's winning image "Thawing Out" by Suzanne Mc Mahon               

Congratulations Suzanne!               

See previous months winners on our 'Club Information' Page 


Great news in March 2019,

that 2 of our members have been chosen by the

Irish Photographic Federation

to represent Ireland in the upcoming FIAP biennial.

Congratulations Suzanne Mc Mahon & Lorraine Morris!

Patrick Kavanagh receiving his medal for the Inter Federation Cup Nature Competition between Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) & the Irish Photography Federation (IPF)  - congratulations Pat!!

Teresa Kavanagh receiving her  'Highly Commended' Certificate  from the Inter Federation Cup Nature Competition between Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) & the Irish Photography Federation (IPF) - congratulations Teresa!!

Congratulations to PCC member Margaret Finlay
who was awarded her AIPF 
at the Audio Visual weekend in Aras Cronin, Clondalkin. 
Brilliant work Mags!!!


Free 6-week Beginners photography course for members of PCC- every Wednesday for one hour before the regular club meetings. The course began on Wed 3rd October.

For further information contact any member of the committee on Wednesday evenings, or contact 

pCC's Annual Exhibition: 22-24 June 2018

Every year, PCC holds a public exhibition of our members photos. This years exhibition ran from Friday  22nd - Sunday 24th June 2018 in the Parish Hall, Palmerstown.  All images were entered in the "Exhibition & End of Year Competition".

Congratulations to PCC's 2018 Photographers of the Year : Advanced, Intermediate and Novice winners of the 2018 league !!

Winners of this years League and Exhibition Competition were announced on Friday 22nd June and full details are listed on the Club Info Page .

Congratulations also to the winners of the Exhibition: Best images: 

On 4th June, Palmerstown Camera Club won first place in Group C in the Photographic Society of America's Annual Projected Image Interclub Competition 2017-2018.   A truly fantastic achievement! Denis Whelehan, PSA Liaison Officer for Ireland, sent his congratulations. 

Many thanks are due to PCC's hard working Competition secretaries: Miriam Power and Susan Carney for their work in entering PCC members images in this and other international competitions throughout the year.

Miriam Power, PCC'sCompetition Secretary, has produced a short video showing our PSA images and awards.... download this link to view it:

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PSA awards May 2018

The Photographic Society of America monthly results are in for May 2018. Awards for Nina Butler (Anna Rose) and Maria Forster (Grand Canal Dock) and Honorable Mentions for Suzanne McMahon (Eyelashes) and Elaine Butler   (Golden Towers) Congratulations Ladies!!

Dominic Reddin (President of the Irish Photographic Federation)   presenting Lorraine Morris (Palmerstown Camera Club) with her Silver Medal in Print Open Non Advanced at the National Photographer of the Year Competition 2018. Congratulations Lorraine!!

Suzanne Mc Mahon won "Best of Show" award, in April 2018,from Photographic Society of America!!

Congratulations Suzanne!

Deirdre Byrne was recently awarded by the Photographic Society of America.     

See more of our club members achievements  on our 'Club Information' Page

Images (from top left): Ger Phelan, Suzanne Mc Mahon, Michael Church, Eddie Kavanagh, Pat Morris, Frank Delaney, Ann Gregg


Irish Photography Federation

P.O.T.Y. - PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR competition 2019.

and Nature PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR competition 2019

Registration will open soon for Entries, from Dec 1st - 22nd 2018, and this is done online initially, and then your prints are handed in, to a nominated regional location to be confirmed, at a date to be confirmed in the new year.



🔸Open Colour Print - up to 3 entries. 
🔸Open Mono Print - up to 3 entries. 
🔸Open PDI - up to 3 entries.

🔸Theme Colour Print -Creative - up to 2 entries.

🔸Theme Mono Print - Environmental Portrait - up to 2 entries.

🔸Theme PDI Colour - Human Face & Body - up to 2 entries.

Entry fee structure listed below:

One Section: €15
Two Sections: €20
Three Sections: €25
Four or more Sections: €30

Closing Date:
Photographer of the Year – Midnight December 22nd 2018

There is some time to gather your images for entry as registration doesn’t close till 22nd December, but I thought you all would like some time to prepare and organise your photos.

Should any member have ANY questions about entry into this or any other competition please do not hesitate to ask myself or any member of thecommittee.


This competition caters for the intermediate and the advanced photographer – with awards for both levels in each section. The overall prize can only be won by a photographer who has registered as advanced. Bear in mind that ANY photographer can register as advanced, however, if you meet the criteria outlined in the rules for advanced level, you MUST enter as advanced. Any of the below will exclude as intermediate:

🔹Awarded IPF or any other photographic distinction, e.g. LIPF, LRPS, AFIAP
🔹Received more than one IPF medal in any IPF National Competition
🔹Represented IPF with an image(s) in International Competition
🔹Received acceptances with five or more image titles, or one award in international competitions/salons
🔹Those whose club or the IPF considers to be of an advanced standard in any disciple of photography.

The sections in full are:
🔸Print – Open - up to 3 entries.

🔸Print – Theme – Flora & Fungi - up to 2 entries.

🔸Projected Image – Open - up to 3 entries.

🔸Projected Image – Theme – Irish Wildbirds & Wildlife - up to 2 entries.

🔸Projected Image – Open – The Natural World. - up to 3 entries.

A full definition of Nature & The Natural World along with the rules required will be available from

Again ANY questions please don’t hesitate to contact any committee members who will be happy to help you.


Podge kelly will host a workshop for PCC members on Sunday Dec 9th.  from 10am to 4pm . Cost will be only €15. To secure your place: book through any PCC Committee member.

PCC christMAS PARTY!!!- Jan 5th

all PCC members are invited to our annual christmas party, which is always a fun night out. The party will include dinner and music, with spot prizes up for grabs too. It will be on January 5th at the Springfield Hotel. Cost is €35 pp, partners are very welcome too. a great opportunity to get to know other members a bit better.
 Book and pay for your place in advance - see angela any wednesday night.



This annual national photography competition sees clubs from all over the country showing their best work, with a special focus on promoting non-advanced members work.Each club submits a panel of mono prints and a panel of colour prints, and international judges review and comment on the images. This is a great event to see other clubs work, and to learn from judges critiques. This year our very own Patrick Kavanagh coordinated the competition which was a great success!!!

Venue: Pobal Scoil Iosolde, Palmerstown Dublin 20
Date: Sunday 18 th November 2018, 9am-5pm


PCC held an exhibition in  Lucan Library for the month of August, showing a range of images from PCC members. The exhibition was very successful, with very positive feedback from people visiting the library.

Weekly Club speakers

Every Wednesday, from September to June we meet in Palmerstown Parish Hall, with guest speakers and workshops on a broad range of photographic genres and styles, from experts in their respective field.
Further details of our weekly club schedule is on our 'Club Info' Page. 

PCC Beginners Photography course: Oct- NOv 2018

If you would like to learn about your camera and get an introduction to the basics of photography, our beginners course is perfect for you. This runs for 6 weeks : each Wednesday, from 7-8pm in the Parish Hall. Cost is €100 , but if you then decide to join Palmerstown Camera Club, membership for the year is free! For further details or to sign up: contact 



Congratulations to Mr Dave Thompson, from Lucan, who was our lucky "win-a-print" winner at this years end-of-year exhibition. Dave chose "Red Lips" by Michelle Twomey as his favourite print and Susan Carney, PCCcompetition secretary, delivered it to him.

Image: Nina Butler      

Annual Day Trip to Saltee Island

This years day trip to the beautiful Saltee Island was on Saturday 9th June. A great day was had by all! The sun was out and the wildlife was in abundance! This annual trip provides a wonderful opportunity to photograph colonies of puffins, gannets, cormorants, razorbills and others in their natural habitat. When the weather is good, this island is a little slice of heaven for nature photographers. Many thanks to Suzanne Mc Mahonfor organising the boats!!

Image: Liam O Brien  

Image: Miriam Power  

Image: Michael Church  

Image: Lorraine Kelly  

Image: Mary Mangru   

Image: Miriam Power  

Image: Elaine Butler    

Image: Robert Francis  

Recent Speakers 

On 13th June,  Sports Photographer James Crombie shared his powerful and  dramatic sports images which can be viewed on:

Wed 6th June was an outdoor shoot, hosted by Michael Church.

On Wed 23rd of May, Michael Church gave a workshop on using natural and studio lighting to achieve the perfect image.

On Wednesday 9th May, Fine Art photographer Julie Corcoran gave an overview of her conceptual art photography: you can see her wonderful creative work at: 

On 2nd May we had two guest speakers:Bernard Geraghty showed us some of his  stunning landscapes of Ireland and further afield:              Ian Carruthers gave a very interesting overview of Astrophotography and extreme weather photography. 

Wednesday 25th April was judging night for April's themed competition: "Environmental Portrait". Congratulations to  Pat Kavanagh for image of the month, and to each of the winners and runners up in Colour, Mono and Projected Image categories. 

18th April was a Q&A night which  gave an opportunity for members to ask questions and make suggestions about speakers and themes that would be of interest.  

On 11th April model Vonna Nolan gave her professional insight into how photographers can create better portraits, and tips onworking with models.

On Wednesday 4th April: Ellen Mc Dermot  presented an overview of her beautiful conceptual fine art portrait photography : you can see more at

Annual General Meeting

PCC's 2018 AGM was held  on Wednesday 16th May  in the Parish Hall. The new committee was voted in for 2018-19.  


This year's PCC annual weekend photo trip was to Sligo on 20-22April. This was another great PCC weekend!!  Many thanks to Committee member Maria Forster for organisingSome members photos from the weekend away are below: 

Image: Gerald Phelan

Image: Brenda Hartley

Image: Mary Mangru

Image: Nina Butler

Other Events

Miriam Power was a finalist in TV3 Camera Club's March competition: Congratulations Miriam!

Angela Dennis presenting her "most popular choice" image to the winner, at the annual exhibition in Ballyfermot Library


Image by Teresa Kavanagh

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