05 Dec 2021

Midlands Photography Club member wins medal at Irish Photography Federation Competition

Midlands Photography Club is celebrating after winning a medal at the 2012 Irish Photography Federation (IPF) National Shield competition held in Ballyfermot Civic Centre.

Midlands Photography Club is celebrating after winning a medal at the 2012 Irish Photography Federation (IPF) National Shield competition held in Ballyfermot Civic Centre.

Niamh Mulligan won her medal in the Individual Awards - Monochrome Section with her photograph entitled, ‘A Race In Hand’. Niamh was delighted with her win only having joined the club earlier this year.

Midlands Photography Club was formed in 2008 by four photography enthusiasts and since then has developed and evolved into a diverse mixture of beginners, hobbyists, advanced and professional photographers. The Club season runs from September to June, usually every second Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone.

Each September the club runs a photography course for beginners, intermediates and anyone who wishes to upskill their photography. The course is given by two of the clubs professional photographers Liam Kidney ( PJ McCormack ( The course has proved extremely popular year after year.

The club also has guest speakers during the year, most recently Mick Quinn ( Mick is an award winning Hotpress photographer and a successful commercial/corporate photographer.

Within the club, members also give talks on certain aspects of photography that they are passionate about. Emilia Krysztofiak (Rua Photography) spoke about photographing live gigs and music festivals and Aaron Sarauer gave a talk on HDR photography. The club also had a workshop photographing a professional model and a field trip to Glenbarrow (Slieve Bloom) where a gang of us geared-up for a Saturday morning photographing waterfalls, woodland and just about everything else along the way, putting into practice what was taught on the photography course.

The club has the use of a room in Golden Island Shopping Centre where it holds classroom sessions and workshops. In the coming weeks the club will be using the newly purchased set of professional lights for a workshop on ‘studio lighting’ and working with models. The club has its own editing, printing and mounting facilities allowing the club to prepare prints for club and national competitions.
On the other end of the scale, members got their media pass for entry to view some bands at the Prince of Wales and learned a lot about the challenges of photographing live gigs.

Midlands Photography Club is always looking for new members of all levels, from absolute beginners to professionals. A camera is not essential to join but it is probably better. It’s worth noting that Niamh won her recent medal using an entry-level camera with kit lens. It’s not so much about the camera but about the eye to spot and capture a great photograph.

The photography club would like to thank the management of Prince of Wales Hotel and Golden Island Centre for the use their facilities.
With Christmas approaching, a voucher for MPC membership would make the perfect must have accessory for any budding photographer or tucked into a box under the tree with their new camera.

If interested in improving your camera skills, sharing your knowledge, or simply joining our club, contact Liam Kidney (Chairperson) on 087 2227331 or Aaron Sarauer (Secretary) on 083 1232134 .

Alternatively e-mail for more details about the club and upcoming events. You’ll find us on Facebook ( and Flickr ( and we’re just about to launch an all new website

So whatever your particular interest in photography , Landscape, Macro, Nature,  Architecture , Astrophotography, Sport, Portrait or Fashion, we hope to see some new Shutterbugs at our meetings soon.

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