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This Monday 16th April we have something a bit different. We’re having a car boot sale, which you should have heard about by email. Just a reminder, if you have anything to sell, or want to give away, could you let us know in advance at
The kind of thing we are looking for: cameras / tripods / tripod  heads / lenses / batteries / filters / camera cases / lens hoods / backpacks / manuals / photographic books etc.
Monday’s meeting is also competition hand-in for the second competition of the year.
We will be presenting recent IPF achievements over the next few weeks. On Monday night Olive Gaughan and Robbie O'Leary will present their AIPF panels. We will schedule the LIPF panels to follow.
IPF Club Competition 
We have had a few responses for entries (thanks), but not enough to enter the competition.  Please send your best images (max 3 mono and 3 colour, 2000 pixels on the long side) in the next week or so if possible.
Here is the link to upload images:
OffShoot 2018 Member's Exhibition (8th May - 18th June)
LAST CHANCE!  OffShoot 2018 Member's Exhibition (8th May - 18th June)

We will be having our member's image exhibition in the Deansgrange Library from 8th May until 18th June. 

All members, new and old, may submit up to 2 images for the exhibition and we guarantee to display at least one, depending on the number of entries. 

When choosing your images you need to be mindful that the exhibition is in a family library. 

Images should be submitted from now up until the 16th April.


Name your image:  'Exhibition-Your name-Title of image'.
e.g.     Exhibition-David Whitaker-40 foot.

To submit an image for the Exhibition log on to club website and go to 'Upload Images' or upload via Dropbox at the link

The images will all be mounted and framed in a 20x16in white frame. The cost will be 30 Euro each. This is a very special price for the exhibition only.

There will be a party in the Grange Pub on the night of the opening and all members and guests will be welcome.

NB.  Images will only be accepted from paid up 2018 members.

Any queries please email or call Dave (086 173 1166) or Tony (086 236 2828).
Member's Photo of the Week

Abstract 1 by Liam Haines
Just a note for new members – if you want any of your pictures considered for photo of the week, you just have to post them to the OffShoot Flickr group at

There’s also a link from the OffShoot home page.
What's On
16th April 2018:          Club Meeting – Competition #2 Hand-In / Car Boot Sale
23rd April 2018:          Club Meeting – Competition #2 Judging
29th April 2018:          Club Outing – Malahide Estuary
30th April 2018:          Club Meeting – Daniel de Chenu
6th May 2018:             Club Outing  - Eventing (Rosanna)
7th May 2018:             No Club Meeting - Bank Holiday
8th  May 2018:            Club Exhibition Deansgrange Library
8th May 2018:             Club Outing - - Royal Hospital Chapel
14th May 2018:           Club Meeting – Shoot With Me Showcase #1
19th May 2018:           Club Outing - Junior Liffey Descent
20th May 2018:           Club Outing - Eventing (Rosanna)
21st May  2018:          Club Meeting – Assignment #2 Hand-In
Keep an eye on your email and the What's On (click here) section on the website for updates.
News from
Club Outing - Russborough House
On Saturday 7th April 12 members gathered at Russborough House on an afternoon that promised (but didn’t deliver) rain and the National Bird of Prey...
Club Outing - Liffey Sunset
On Tuesday 27th March a group of members headed down to the Liffey at sunset. They managed to get some great images of the Samuel Beckett Bridge and...
Competitions & Projects
Hot Dates:  16th April – Competition Submission Hand-In
                   21st May – Second Project Submission Hand-In

For the full 2018 Competition/Project Programme click here. The next competition and project are detailed below.

April – Competition #2 (Printed)
Level 1 Theme – ‘Close Up’
Level 2 Theme – Open
16th April – Submission Hand-In
23rd April – Judging
‘Close Up’ – This theme is to encourage you to look closely at what surrounds you. Not into the distance but nearby. Pick things that interest you and find a way turning them into interesting images. Think about shapes, textures and patterns in monochrome as well as the new colours of the year. Go to the Paddy's day parade - floats, costumes and characters. You can also put on a Macro lens and get really Close Up!

March – Second Entry
21st May – Second Project Submission Hand-In
26th March – Feedback
Photo Quiz Question
What is the main problem with using high ISO?
A. Poor bokeh
B. Chromatic abberation
C. Under exposure
D. Digital noise
Answer at bottom of the newsletter.
External Competitions
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Art Prize Now Open for Submissions

The Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts.
Enter for your chance to win £5,000 and showcase your work to wider audiences!
Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018. Visit:

IFA 2019 Calendar Competition
IFA has teamed up with the Irish Farmers Journal and Irish Country Living to bring you the 12th annual IFA Calendar Competition. 
What makes a winner? 
The theme of this year’s calendar is ‘My Land’.
We are looking for fresh, clear and captivating photographs that show the magic or rural Ireland. The ‘My Land’ theme includes anything you think captures the beauty and magic of life in rural Ireland, including livestock, landscapes, farm buildings, farm yards and more!
A monthly winner will be chosen each month, with their winning entry published in the Farmers Journal! At the end of the year, an overall winner will be chosen, along with a runner up voted for on the Irish Farmers Journal Facebook.
The Prizes!
If your photo catches the Judges’ eyes as one of the overall monthly winners, you can look forward to your picture being published in the 2019 IFA calendar as well as a two-night stay in a luxurious Irish Country Hotel with a full Irish breakfast each morning.
The overall winner will be chosen by our judges and receive a prize of €2,000. The second will be chosen by public vote on the Irish Farmers Journal Facebook page, and will receive a prize of €500.
Submitting Your Photos 
Digital versions are the preferred option and must be a minimum of 2 megabytes in size (decompressed). JPEG & TIF formats can compress file sizes so they may appear smaller depending on amount of compression selected. 
Pictures should be in landscape format and must come with a title, along with the name, address and phone number of the photographer. Also, it must clearly state where the photograph was taken. The more relevant the photo is to the time of the year, the better. Remember, this is for a calendar! Entry form and details available at 
Exhibitions & Events
Showcase of Emerging Irish Photographers
The Osman Suite is a new space for showcasing emerging Irish photographers at Gallery of Photography.
In October 2017 the Gallery of Photography initiated a collaboration with JUNIOR MAGAZINE to search for and support new photography talent. There was such an amazing response to the Open Call that we are organising not one but two installations of emerging photographers in the Osman Suite this year. 
Fifteen selected artists will have work printed and produced by Gallery of Photography. Two installations will be on display and prints will be available to purchase during the six-month engagement. Each installation will be for a period of 3 months.
We invite you to come visit this new project, it is a great way for discerning buyers to build up a photography collection from the very best of contemporary emerging talent in Ireland.
Mounted prints are priced at €75 each and are in an edition of 3. All profits go to the artists. 
We are delighted to announce that the exhibiting artists (Click on artist name for a link to their website) are:
April - May - June
July - August - September
Matt Glover
Kenneth O'Halloran 'Modern Ruins and other stories' to May 20
At the Gallery of Photography
This new exhibition by multi-award-winning photographer Kenneth O’Halloran shows him at the peak of his powers. It focuses on his colour work from Ireland, and centres on a large installation of his magisterial series ‘The Handball Alley’. These now silent structures attest to the passing of time and to the changing dynamics of rural communities. Like the dolmens that John Montague offered as a metaphor for the old people of his childhood, these modern ruins are liminal structures, open-air theatres where the ghosts of a lost civilisation linger.
Ruins of another era – the madness of the Celtic Tiger property boom – are explored in a further colour series, ‘Tales from the Promised Land’. With grim humour, O’Halloran observes the excesses fuelled by cheap credit, and the desecration wrought on the landscape as a culture of greed masquerading as entrepreneurship became normalised.
Elegy and loss are not the over-riding mood of the exhibition. At its emotional core, O’Halloran’s gently probing studies of his parents in his hometown of Corofin celebrate the real and lasting bonds of family and community. Centring on his father, the town’s draper and undertaker, ‘Bodies in Motion’ is a personal and loving portrait of contemporary rural life. 

1st to 31st May 2018
Conceived in 2008, and celebrating its first edition in 2010, PhotoIreland Festival is Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture. It celebrates Ireland’s photographic talents as well as bringing international practitioners and artists to Ireland. 

The festival highlights, promotes and elevates Photography in Ireland – conferring on it the importance it duly deserves. With the motto “vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive: a festival for all to enjoy”, we set out to raise awareness for local and international photographers and artists working with Photography, and to underline the work of those organisations and individuals that for years have been promoting an engagement with the medium. 

Details at

PHOTO FEST IRELAND 2018: Photography & Imaging Trade: Sunday 22nd April 2018
Venue – Midlands Park Hotel & Conference Centre - Jessop Street, Portlaoise. 
Time - 11am - 5pm 
FREE - Entry Fee FREE with Ticket 
Seminars - All Seminars FREE 
Following the continued success of Photo Fest Ireland - the Irish Photo Agency is delighted to announce a new location and venue for 2018, which will be held in the recently refurbished Hotel and Conference Event Centre in the Midlands Park Hotel, located in the Midlands of Ireland, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Photo Fest Ireland continues to be one of the most popular Photography Trade and Seminar Events held in Ireland - mixing Trade, Photographers and Creatives of all status at a professional level. 
Whether you are a professional, amateur, freelance photographer or videographer, a buyer of image making equipment or materials, a distributor or manufacturer of photographic related products or services - this is an event for you. In addition, if you are in the creative media who require photographic/media related products and services, this annual event will also have interest to you.

The latest edition of the Lee Filters magazine, LEExposure Issue 7 is available for download now at
Upcoming IPF Events
IPF Distinctions Sittings 
Saturday 19th May 2018
Mullingar Arts Centre, Lower Mount Street, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland (

National Club Competititon.
Also taking place in Mullingar on the 19th and 20th of May.

Bookings for September and November sessions is now open.
Everyone interested in applying for the Licentiate, Associate or Fellowship should note that the September (Carlow) and November (Thurles) sessions are open for applications. Watch the IPF website for more news of this.

As always, applicants are advised to go to an assessment session to see what is required for a successful application.
Photo Quiz Answer

D. Digital noise. See more at How to Avoid and Reduce Noise in Your Images.

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