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Boyne Valley photographers win multiple awards

The Boyne Valley region is widely recognised as one of the most scenic parts of Ireland and a group of talented photographers has proved it by winning multiple awards for capturing its beauty.

Boyne Valley Photographic Club a relatively small but very talented group of photographers, proved at the Irish Photographic Federations North East Regional round of the Photographer of the Year, and the Nature Photographer of the Year, that images taken mostly around the area can triumph and impress judges selected from far and wide.

Although only its third year, the club had amazing success in the competition and came away with one gold medal, six silver, three bronze and seven honourable mentions.

Seven different members returned with awards, Vaidotas Maneikis, Gary Doyle, Jeanie Gillespie, Mohsen Aalivand, Seamus Byrne, Julie Corcoran and Ger Mulhall.

To crown off the day, they also won the inaugural Lou Metzger shield for the highest scoring non-advanced club in the region, and a third-place overall in the advanced section, which is an incredible feat for such a small young club.

This success led on to the National Finals of the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) Photographer of the year and Nature Photographer of the Year held in Carlow’s Talbot Hotel on the 22nd and 23rd of February.

Clubs from all over the country fought it out for a share of the spoils over the weekend.  A record entry into the competition makes the fact that two of the club members Mohsen Aalivand and Vaidotas Maneikis came away with awards all the more impressive.

Mohsen won gold while Vaidotas came away with two bronze medals and two honourable mention ribbons, a great personal success for the pair and a testament to the health of the club.