The Transition Year Photography Festival, a three-day event held last week, has been hailed as an overwhelming success by organisers and attendees alike.
The Mayor of Kilkenny Sean O’ hArgain officially opened the event last Monday, October 1. The guest speaker was Emer Foley, chairperson of Kilkenny Arts Festival, while Tadgh Leonard of Nikon; and Kieran White from White’s Pharmacy also attended.
There were four presentations per day, given by experience photographers and presenters, including Hugo Reidy, Fiona Power, Amanda Burke, Benny Power, and Seamus Costelloe – all of whom gave their time and talent for free. The presentations covered various aspects of photography, such as composition and light, portraiture and lighting, careers, digital editing, photoshop, sports, nature, landscape, fashion and glamour.
In their motivating comments, the speakers endorsed the concept of giving the TY students the opportunity to experience a day in the art of photography. They encouraged students to fully avail of their Transition Year to take advantage of such opportunities to help them select subjects or future career choices.
Kilkenny Photographic Society, in collaboration with the Education Cente, Seville Lodge on the Callan Road, was responsible for organising the photo festival for all secondary schools in Kilkenny City and County.
Each school brought along up to 25 students. The idea was to help them appreciate and improve their artistic, photographic, compositional and visual skills.
An exhibition of award-winning images by members of KPS was also on display for students to see. The concept and logistics of the event are due to Donal Byrne, PRO and project manager of KPS.
“The whole thing went very well, we got a very positive reaction from students and teachers,” said Mr Byrne.
“This has been a pilot scheme. Special thanks has to go to Paul Fields and Tanya Jones, who were invaluable in their assistance and efforts with it.”