Togher International Festival of Amateur Photography was first organised
by a group of voluntary workers who were mostly members of "Freagh"
Residents Association. It was one of the events held at Togher Community
Festival. At that point in time entries were confined to Munster. Over
the years there was a lapse in the community festival but the "Team"
with The Photograph Section decided to "go it alone" and the
event has evolved over the years.
It is organised by a team rather than a committee. The joint co-ordinators
of the festival are Chris O' Callaghan and Mary Cummins.The co-ordinators
do the organising and decision making by consultation and consensus. Over
the years it has worked very well as they adhere to a very strict code
of reporting and accounting. A lot of hard work and commitment are required
from a large "Team" of Volunteers each year. In all there is
a pool of approx. 60 volunteers.
The mission statement of the festival is to promote the Art of Photography
among all age groups and at all levels of skill. To promote Cork as a
whole and Togher in particular in a positive light. Finally, to encourage
young people to become involved in Voluntary Groups and to offer them
the opportunity to do so.
The event could not survive without the many sponsorships and grants
it has received through the years and all proceeds from the competition
go to many different local voluntary groups such as Meals-On-Wheels, The
Samaritans, Victim Support and The Penny Dinners. All grants have to be
spent strictly in accordance with regulations.
There are many different categories that can be entered in this photography
festival. There are separate classes for Irish-Overseas-Novice-Distinction
Holders, Over 60 years-Under 21 years and Students studying Photography
as part of a 3rd level qualification. As well as a Special award for entries,
which have "Peace" or "Peaceful" for their Theme.
There is also a category for entries from Amateur Photographers in cities
twinned with Cork and a special IYV Class (deferred from 2001). There
are also snapshot classes for Irish and Overseas Entrants.
We welcome constructive criticism at all times and would love to hear
any ideas you might volunteer regarding themes for the Photographic Classes
both Monochrome and Colour.
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