11:00-13:00 | Sunday 4th September | Hotel Kilkenny

‘Wild at Heart – A Photographer’s Journey’

Photographer Gordon Rae MPAGB ARPS, presents an insightful talk on Scotland’s wildlife and his journey to Alaska to capture its wildlife. The talk is open to the public and will take place on Sunday 4th September between 11:00-13:00 hrs at The Hotel Kilkenny. As President of the Scottish Photographic Federation and member of Dumfries Camera Club, Gordon’s talk is a must for all wildlife photographers.

Cover charge: €5 payable at the door (talk only).

14:30-17:00 | Sunday 4th September | Hotel Kilkenny

Competition results & critique of entries

Following his talk on his own wildlife photography journey (see below for details), Gordon Rae will reveal the results of the 2022 KPS Wildlife Competition and give a critique of images entered, between 14:30 and 17:00 hrs.

Images reproduced with kind permission © Gordon Rae.


KPS Wildlife Competition 2022

Kilkenny Photographic Society welcomes Gordon Rae MPAGB, ARPS, President of the Scottish Photographic Federation and member of Dumfries Camera Club to judge the competition. Gordon will give results and a critique of entries on Sunday 4th September after giving a talk on his own wildlife photography.

There is a €15 entry fee to enter and photographers may enter up to four wildlife images. Closing date Tuesday 9th August 2022. Open to all Irish photographers. FIAP rules apply. Fantastic prizes including up to €1000 in vouchers for Bermingham Cameras and pottery by Nicholas Mosse up for grabs. Categories as follows:

  1. It’s A Small World – Macro
  2. Animal Humour
  3. Open – Wildlife.

Please read competition rules and entry information at the bottom of this page before entering. Email your entries (max four per person) to wildlife@kilkennyphoto.net. Good luck!


Kilkenny Wildlife Competition Entry Information & RulesClosing date: Tuesday 9th August 2022.

This competition is open to all Irish photographers. The competition will be conducted in accordance to the FIAP rules: Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Copyright: The entrants must own the copyright of all parts of the images entered. By virtue of submitting an image, the entrant certifies the work as his or her own. Judging: Competition will be judged by experienced wildlife judge and photographer Gordon Rae, MPAGB, ARPS, current president of Scottish Photographic Federation. Judge’s decision is final. Images: Entrants can submit Max of 4 images in total. Images can be entered into the categories of your choice or all 4 images into one category. Entry Fee: €15.00. Please use PayPal to submit fee to treasurer@kilkennyphoto.net and state your name clearly on the PayPal notes section. (Note: Please do not send image entries to PayPal address). Categories: 1. It’s A Small World – Macro; 2. Animal Humour; 3. Open – Wildlife. Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded in each category. Honourable Mentions awarded at judge’s discretion. Overall winning wildlife image will be selected from the category winners. Prizes: Prizes generously sponsored by Bermingham Cameras and Nicholas Mosse. 1st place prize: €500 voucher for Bermingham Cameras, 2nd place: €300 voucher for Bermingham Cameras, 3rd place: €200 voucher for Bermingham Cameras. Results: On Sunday 4th September, Hotel Kilkenny 14:00-17:00 hrs there will be a critique of images and winners will be announced, prizes awarded. Entering your images: Please submit your entries to wildlife@kilkennyphoto.netPlease resize your images as follows: Landscape images max 1600 pixels on the longest side. Portrait images max 1200 pixels on the longest side. Square images max 1200 x 1200 pixels. Please name your images as follows: Category_Your Name_Title of Image. If you have any difficulties or questions please contact Suzanne Behan at wildlife@kilkennyphoto.net. The very best of luck to all entrants!