Cam­era club lands dual ac­co­lade

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A RE­TIRED HR ex­ec­u­tive from Tyther­ing­ton has bagged a na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy award from the Pho­to­graphic Al­liance of Great Bri­tain.

Conor Mol­loy, also the pres­i­dent of Mac­cles­field Cam­era Club, had to sub­mit 10 pho­to­graphs to achieve the pres­ti­gious ‘credit’ from the or­gan­i­sa­tion, an award held for life which en­ti­tles the holder to use the letters CPAGB af­ter his or her name.

To win a credit, ap­pli­cants must un­dergo a rig­or­ous as­sess­ment in which six judges score each im­age out of five, with 200 marks over­all re­quired to achieve the qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Conor’s ten im­ages, in­clud­ing a great grey owl and a div­ing king­fisher, scored 246 in to­tal.

He said: “I am very pleased to get the recog­ni­tion of this na­tional award. It is al­ways good to keep push­ing your pho­tog­ra­phy to higher lev­els and hav­ing six ex­pe­ri­enced judges con­firm your work is up to the stan­dard re­quired is very sat­is­fy­ing.”

Stephen Coyne, vice pres­i­dent of Mac­cles­field Cam­era Club, also praised Conor’s pho­to­graphs, say­ing: “Conor does not like to blow his own trum­pet but he is a truly ex­cep­tional and tal­ented wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher.

“Half of his re­sults were full marks, five out of five, and hav­ing seen his pic­tures it is ob­vi­ous to see why he did so well.”

And it seems Conor’s suc­cess has rubbed off on the club, with Mac­cles­field beat­ing off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to be ranked the high­est in Cheshire in the Canon Cam­era Club of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion 2015.

The na­tional con­test re­quires clubs to en­ter 25 im­ages of var­ied themes in­clud­ing travel, wa­ter, trees, weather and close ups, each one scored out of 20.

Stephen said: “Com­pe­ti­tion at this level is fierce and the win­ning club, Amer­sham, scored 416 out of 500.

“Mac­cles­field was only 15 points be­hind with 401 points, just ahead of lo­cal ri­vals North Cheshire Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety, and was 18th out of 55 clubs who en­tered.”

Those wish­ing to im­prove or share their in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy are in­vited to the club’s meet­ing on Septem­ber 14 at 8pm in Mac­cles­field Li­brary, or on any Mon­day there­after.

Stephen said: “It is one of the town’s old­est so­ci­eties, founded in 1954, but it can still show its com­peti­tors a thing or two.”

Con­tact the group at mac­cles­field­cam­er­a­club. org.uk.

●● Conor Mol­loy and (be­low) one of his pic­tures

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