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Welcome to Clonmel Camera Club

Published 4 weeks ago 30th June 2021 by Editor

Clonmel Camera Club is now in its 17th year, having been started in 2004 by two local camera enthusiasts Paul Morrissey and Mick Bolger.

The club is a member of both the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC) allowing it to take part in national competitions with club members being eligible to have their work evaluated and gain internationally recognised IPF distinction qualifications.

Club meetings have been held in various locations over the years including: The Arts Centre, Hearns Hotel, St Marys CBS, and since 2015 The Coachman in Parnell Street.

Since March 2020 we have been meeting online using Zoom. One advantage of this has been the chance to invite speakers from all over Ireland and Britain, with the chance to meet, and see the work of some highly qualified and inspirational photographers.

Meetings will resume in The Coachman in September this year, and will again be held every second Monday evening from 7:30pm.

New members of all abilities will be welcome to come along to our meetings and decide if they would like to join. For contact details, check out our website www.clonmelcameraclub.com or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ groups/123337101023423

Club activities are organised by the members and include:
Workshops, tutorials, guest speakers, club and We usually have a weekend away every year where anything and everything is fair game for our enthusiastic snappers to capture. Trips in recent years have included: Kerry, Clare, West Cork, Galway and Wicklow.

Since its conception, the club have staged a Photographic Exhibition every year in Clonmel Library. Usually held over two weeks in August, members print and frame their best images, and is a great opportunity for our members to showcase their talents.

Unfortunately, again due to restrictions, the Exhibition won’t take place this year, but, ever resourceful, the club are in the process of putting together an online Exhibition and the link to this will be published soon.

Clonmel is twinned with several cities and towns in a variety of countries. One of these is Costa Masnaga in northern Italy (the birthplace of Charles Bianconi), and in 2018 and working with Clonmel Twin Towns committee members, the club made contact with a photographic society in Costa. That relationship has flourished and today there is a strong bond between the two groups with regular contact and a weekly photo competition running on a joint Facebook group.

The club have been involved in some exciting collaborations with other organisations. For the last few years, the club has worked with the Clonmel Theatre Guild producing publicity shots for their various productions, have provided some publicity shots for the Darkness into Light walk, and are always happy to talk to organisers of local events such as the Clonmel Junction Festival, Clonmel Applefest, Clonmel Busking etc..

Club meetings have always had sociable, friendly atmosphere where you will be spending time with like minded people, learning about photography through informal sharing of information, and where there is always someone on hand to help and advise on technical issues.

So if you want to learn more about your camera, improve your photography skills, image editing, learn from some inspirational guest speakers, or just join a friendly group of photography enthusiasts when club nights resume in September, then check out our webpage www.clonmelcameraclub.com, join our Facebook group, or contact the club secretary on clonmelcameraclub@50mail.com

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