OffShoot Photography Society We believe that the image is everything!

Some excellent pictures at last week’s judging of the ‘Summer Experience’ competition. Congratulations to all who participated.

This Monday we have Peter Gordon along to share some of his photographic experience with us. Many members of the club will be familiar with Peter and his Irish Light ( and Explore Light ( websites, and indeed have been on many of his trips. It should be a good and informative evening.


National Shield Competition 2019

The IPF National Shield Competition takes place on the 17th November 2019.  We are now calling for images, from our members, for selection to represent OffShoot in this competition.  

The deadline for entry will be the 15th October.  Entries to be submitted electronically. Full details already sent by email to all members.

There is no specific theme or restrictions regarding subject matter, so it is an opportunity to have your best images (if selected)  printed to exhibition standard by the club and share the stage with images from other Irish photography clubs.  So start shortlisting your own top colour and mono images, so you are ready to submit your entries by the deadline.

Please forward your best mono and colour images to the link below. A maximum of 5 colour and 5 mono is allowed per entrant. The images should be in jpg format, with approx. 2000 pixels on the long side and named as follows. 


Replace 999 with your membership number.  Please do not use your own name, as the selection committee needs to review the images anonymously.

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Member's Photo of the Week

Reflections By Liam Slattery

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

There’s also the latest images published on Flickr that are displayed on the OffShoot home page.


What's On

The latest details can be found on our What's On web page (


Club Competitions / Projects

The next Project Session is on 21st October.

Hand-in for the project is 14th October. 

Upcoming IPF Events

The following links should be useful. Unfortunately,  the IPF web site is not always up-to-date and often the information sought for needs to be assembled from several locations.

Irish Photographic Federation Web Site:

Most recent news and articles posted:

Distinction Sittings and Availability:

IPF AV Championships (Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019)

Entries Open Online for POTY/NPOTY 2020 (Friday, October 25th, 2019)

IPF National Shield (Sunday, November 17th, 2019)

Closing Dates for POTY/NPOTY 2020 Entries (Sunday, November 24th, 2019)

IPF November Distinction Sittings  (Saturday, November 30th, 2019)

Photo Quiz Question

The French government agreed to pay Daguerre a pension in exchange for the rights to his invention the Daguerrotype. What did that country's government do with his invention then?

A. Released it to the world as a gift from France

B. Had the process destroyed

C. Had Daguerre assassinated

D. Sold it to the highest bidder


Answer at the bottom of the Newsletter.

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External Competitions

IFA Calendar Competition ‘Enchanting Ireland’

The IFA has teamed up with the Irish Farmers Journal and Irish Country Living to bring you the 13th annual IFA Calendar Competition. The theme of this year’s calendar is ‘Enchanting Ireland’. We are looking for fresh, clear and captivating photographs that show the magic of rural Ireland.

The ‘Enchanting Ireland’ theme includes anything that you think captures the beauty and magic of life in rural Ireland including livestock, landscapes, farm buildings, farmyards and much more.

Monthly winners can look forward to their picture being published in the 2020 IFA calendar as well as a two-night stay in a luxurious hotel from the Original Irish Hotels collection with a full Irish breakfast each morning.

The overall winner will be chosen by our judges and will receive a prize of €2,000. A runner up will be chosen by public vote on the Irish Farmers Journal Facebook page and will receive a prize of €500.

Terms and conditions and entry details at 


External Exhibitions and Events

‘Quiet at the Back’ Mandy O’Neill

At the Gallery of Photography until 27th October. For over a decade, award-winning photographer Mandy O’Neill has engaged with children and young people in formal education contexts in primary and post-primary schools in central Dublin.

O’Neill’s photographs have emerged through a mix of formal residencies supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and more local arrangements in keeping with the dynamics of school life from year to year.

Clann: Theresa Nanigian 

In the Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire until 17 November. ‘Clann’, a spirited portrait of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County, is a series of large scale photographs of groups who live, work and play in the county. The work reflects the fact that Irish clans have long been composed of members far beyond blood relations, and demonstrates the cultural shifts in what the county has become and where it might be headed. Nanigian was awarded the visual art commission for 2018/19, funded by the Arts Council.

Photo Quiz Answer

A. Released it to the world as a gift from France (

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