Camera club lands dual accolade
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