Themes for PCC monthly league competitions 2018-19

Sept 2018- Open

October- Water

November- People

Dec- Natural World

Jan 2019- Seasons

Feb- Panel

March- Close-Up

April- open 


This challenge takes place on Facebook..... and starts on 1st February. The Challenge is to TAKE a photo EVERY week, process it and post it in the Facebook "PCC52" group page  to the theme for that week. The list of themes is on the group page. Your interpretation of the theme is entirely up to your own artistic creativity. The challenge runs for whole of 2019. Membership is on a participation only basis and is only open to members of PCC.  Contact to join this facebook group.  ENJOY!!!!!

Congratulations to all the winners !!!!

Club Outings - Summer 2018

Every Wednesday evening in July and August the club members go on a photography outing. Anyone who is interested in joining our club is very welcome to come along and get a sense of what the club is all about: taking photos, learning about photography, developing your skills and making new friends!

New members are always welcome!

  • July 4th- Lough Owel
  • July 11th- Grand Canal Dock
  • July 18th- Skerries
  • July 25th- Barrow Beach
  • August 1st- St Patricks Cathedral
  • August 8th- Killiney Beach
  • August 15th- South Bull Wall
  • August 22nd- Carton House

The summer outings meet-up point ( for car-pooling) is at Palmerstown ULSTER BANK from 7:30-8pm each Wednesday. A PCC committee member will lead each outing.

Contact: if you would like to come along/ for further details. There is no charge, and a great way to get to chat informally to some members and get advice about your camera/ photography in general.


Image: Lorraine Morris                                                       




Information on club competitions :

Each month Palmerstown club holds an internal competition for members to submit their images (anonymously) on a particular theme, for critique by a guest judge. These monthly competitions results form part of an Annual League, and results of the League are announced at our annual exhibition in June.

Any committee member will be happy to clarify any questions you may have on entering images.

There are three categories each month: monochrome print, colour print and projected image.

The Mono print and colour print categories are on a particular theme each month,

but the Projected Image is "open" and can be on any theme.

Themes for 2018 are listed below.


  • May only be entered once;
  • A new image is required for each competition;
  • That have been used in last season’s league competition’s may not be used again;
  • From the club exhibition that were NOT used in last seasons league competition’s may be entered this season.
  • From the club exhibition that were NOT used in last seasons league competition’s may be entered this season.
  • Converting an image that has already been entered in competition to a different category for the purpose of re entry is not allowed (i.e. from colour to monochrome or projected image etc.).
  • Members may enter one image only in each of the three media categories = Max three entries per member.

Workshop photos:

  • Any images taken on a Wednesday workshop night within the club schedule will not be allowed into any club competitions e.g. league, panel, exhibition, John Thorpe nature etc.,

Duplicate photos:

  • Images taken in the same sequence and of a similar/same scene/type are not permitted entry into league competitions more than once in any year. The competition secretary’s decision is final.

Printed images

  • Are to be mounted (flush mounted only please, no window mounts) on 20” x 16” mount boards (available from The Treasurer).
  • They must be CLEARLY marked on the rear top left hand corner,
  • with the month;followed by the letter indicating the members grade (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)

followed by the members club PIN no;and the title of the image;


  • There should be no other indication as to the authors identity.

Projected Images:

  • Should be as large as possible to allow for possible use in future competitions.
  • Projected images should be in .jpeg format should have the members grade and PIN indicated on them. 
  • Projected images for the 2017/18 season are themed as ‘Open’ and so do not need to follow the set competition theme.
  • Projected images should be as large as possible to allow for possible use in external competitions. This will allow images to be printed should they be chosen by the selection committee.

All entries MUST be submitted on the appointed hand in night.

Judges decisions with regard to points awarded are final

Previous "Image of The Month" Winners

December's winning image by Pat Kavanagh: Nature theme                                                         

November's winning image by Susan Carney                                                        

Octobers winning image 'Misty Morning' by Teresa Kavanagh                                                      

September's winning image: 'Room' by Lorraine Morris                                                        

May 2018: Open Theme: Isolation by Mary Mangru                                                      

April 2018: Environmental Portrait: "The Barber" by Pat Kavanagh                                                      

March 2018: Nature Theme: Nina Butler                                                        

              January 2018: Silhoettes/ Reflections Theme: Lorraine Morris                                            

November 2017:  Architecture  Theme: Elaine Butler                                              

Nature Photography Definition: Irish Photographic Federation

Palmerstown Camera Club uses the IPF definition for nature competitions. Since Jan 1st 2015, images submitted in IPF Nature competitions in both ‘open’ and ‘themed’ categories must comply with the below definition of Nature Photography, as published by FIAP (Federation Internationale De L’Art Photographique), and as agreed with the PSA (Photographic Society of America) and RPS (Royal Photographic Society).

“Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

  • Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
  • Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
  • Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible.
  • Photographs with any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement are ineligible. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.
  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
  • Stitched elements are not.
  • All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
  • Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.
  • Infrared images, either direct captures or derivations, are not allowed.  
  • Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.
    • Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geological formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
    • Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geological formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi or algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.”

 The full FIAP definition can be downloaded from the FIAP website. The judge shall have the right to determine, for the purpose of this competition, what does or does not comply with this definition. The judge’s decision is final.

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