External Competition

The IPF National Shield Competition
The IPF National Shield is a national club competition intended for non-advanced workers. Each club presents a panel of eight prints in monochrome and colour print.

The IPF deems non-advanced photographers to be those that have not achieved an IPF accreditation (L,A or F) or FIAP equivalent, or photographers than have won an IPF gold medal in previous competitions. However, the club may deem the work of some photographers, that do not fall into this category to be advanced none the less, and will not be eligible for entry into the shield.
Each club has to ensure that one person has no more than two images on each panel ensuring so that a fair distribution of photographers’ work is represented on their panel. Non-advanced members are invited to submit images for acceptance to these panel and should contact the competition secretary should they wish to do so.
Members from every IPF club travel to the venue to enjoy the competition and associated talks, lectures etc.

The IPF National Club Competition

This competition sees all the IPF affiliated clubs compete for the position of best club. Celbridge has a long tradition of participation in this event, has won the event once in 1996 and regularly features among the top clubs.
The competition this year takes the form of two print panels of ten images each in Monochrome and Colour Print. The slides element will be held separately as per the National Shield.
Unlike the National Shield, images can be selected from any grade of photographer within the club, although typically images are selected from Advanced workers.
Panel images are selected from club competition entries, and all members are invited to submit images for acceptance to these panels.

Members from every IPF club travel to the venue to enjoy the competition and associated talks, lectures etc. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to see some of Ireland’s best photographers in action.