Tir Na Saor International Photography Competition

Tir Na Saor International Photography Competition


Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the

beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.

The Importance Of Photography

Whether you like it or not, your memory will fade. Details will become fuzzy and you will think that you remember all of the details of a time and place, however, your memory will build those details as it wishes not as it really was. It is important to archive memories not just in our mind but in photographs to pass those moments on to our families, friends and to future generations.

Documenting the events that change a nation are equally important as those happy family moments. To a certain extent far more important. Still photographers that get in the thick of things during major world events freeze moments that sometimes get washed over in video. They lock in the emotions and scenes in a fraction of a second for the world to see and for the world to remember. It’s those photos from the attack on September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and more recently the devastating earthquake in Japan that make us remember the frailty of life. Those photographs make it possible for us to not rely solely on our fuzzy memories for the important details.

Photography plays a major role in history and in the future. The family photographer, war documentarians, street photgraphers, photojournalists all have one of the most important jobs in the world. Archiving it. With Facebook, Twitter and other media outlets being driven by anyone who has a computer, photography plays an even more important role. They spread across the world in a matter of seconds allowing the opposite ends of the Earth to come together to view what they otherwise would have to wait to see on TV. Visual documentations of important events are now seen as they happen, in real time.

It is more important than ever to record those images that you want to remember. Whether it’s a first birthday, graduation, tragic disaster, epic sunrise or human blight, keep archiving the world around you and keep sharing those images. When you are telling your story to the next generations you can show them exactly what happened as it was, not as your fading memory thinks it happened. ( Taken from http://www.kevinzimarik.com/uncategorized/the-importance-of-photogr...)


Entry To the First Tir Na Saor International Photography Competition will be open to all members on the 1st of February 2014. 

Summary Photography Competition 2014

OPENS: 1st February 2014

CLOSES: 1st May 2014

RESULTS: 20th May 2014

Judges: TBA



First Place– The winner will receive a 20% share of the combined entry fees. (All remaining fees will be used to cover the costs associated with the running of the Tir na Saor website and community radio. In the event that the fees collected exceed the costs associated with the running of the site, further prizes will be awarded to participants.

-- The winner will receive a commemorative plaque to mark their achievement.

-- The winner will be awarded the title of Tir na Saor Photographer for a period of one year.



The winning entry will be announced and published on the 20th May 2014.



  • No entry form is needed. Entry is on-line.

  • You may enter as many times as you wish.

  • The contest is open to people of any nationality.

  • There is no restriction on theme or style.

  • Notification of receipt of entry will be by email.

  • The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

  • Photographs cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.

  • Judging is anonymous. Please include a contact email address when submitting your entry, be sure to title your photograph.

  • Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

  • This agreement is binding in honour only and is not intended to be a legally binding document.



Entry Fees: Photography Competition


The cost of an On-line entry is fixed in Euro and the conversion into your local currency will be done automatically by your credit card company according to the current exchange rate.

On-line Entry                                               First Entry                                      Subsequent Entry
                                                                                   €5.00                                                      €5.00



How to Enter The Competition

You can enter on-line Only.


How to Enter On-line

To enter on-line, please click on the donate button (below this paragraph) and donate the amount of funds required in line with the amount of photographs you are submitting. In the pay-pal comments section please include the words, “Photography Contest,” and do provide a contact email address, preferably the one linked to your pay-pal account, along with the title/titles of your photograph/photographs.

Once you have donated the required entry fee, please send your submissions via email to morganfreeman@safe-mail.net (please make sure your submission is titled.) A Conformation email will be sent as soon as your payment has been confirmed.

May the muses bless you, good luck, and Gods speed.



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Comment by Morgan Freeman on May 21, 2014 at 19:06

And the winner is.................................... NO ONE.

Unfortunately there were zero entries for this competition, can't say I am surprised, as I did fuck all to promote it.

Comment by Morgan Freeman on January 30, 2014 at 20:45

Divine Composition With Fibonacci’s Ratio (The Rule of Thirds on Steroids)

Enter Fibonacci’s Ratio…

Also known as the Golden Mean, Phi, or Divine Proportion, this law was made famous by Leonardo Fibonacci around 1200 A.D. He noticed that there was an absolute ratio that appears often throughout nature, a sort of design that is universally efficient in living things and pleasing to the human eye. Hence, the “divine proportion” nickname.

Since the Renaissance, artists and architects have designed their work to approximate this ratio of 1:1.618. It’s found all over the Parthenon, in famous works of art like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, and it’s still used today. The divine proportion has been used by companies like Apple to design products, it’s said to have been used by Twitter to create their new profile page, and has been used by major companies all over the world to design logos. It’s not talked about in most photography circles because it’s a somewhat advanced method of composition and can be confusing to a lot of people. It’s so much easier to just talk about the “rule of thirds” because it’s exact, precise and easy to follow.

This ratio can be used in many ways to compose a photograph. Lightroom 3 even has a golden ratio overlay option when you go to crop on image. This way, you can line up a grid of the golden ratio to coincide with lines or points of interest in your photograph. At this point, you may be quite confused. If you are, please take a few moments to watch any one (or all) of these videos that seek to explain this ratio.

Video 1: Natures Number: 1.618
Video 2: Nature by Numbers
Video 3: Golden Ratio

Ok, hopefully that made things a bit more clear? By now you should know that this is NOT a conspiracy theory or fuzzy math. This is a real aspect of composition that has been used by historical famous artists and architects, and Fortune 500 companies. When applied to photography, this ratio can produce aesthetically pleasing compositions that can be magnets for the human sub-conscious. When you take the sweet spot of the Fibonnaci Ratio and recreate it four times into a grid, you get what looks to be a rule of thirds grid. However, upon closer inspection you will see that this grid is not an exact splitting of the frame into three pieces. Instead of a 3 piece grid that goes 1+1+1=frame, you get a grid that goes 1+.618+1=frame. Here are a few examples a Phi grid placed over some images that I’ve used it on in the past…

In the above example, I placed the slightly more dominant eye of the horse on one of the Phi intersections. Consider that if I had placed a rule of thirds grid over this photo and lined the eye up with that, the head would be crowding the left side of the frame. In this photo, the head isn’t center, it’s not crowding either side. It’s just right, would you agree? Let’s take a look at another…

This one is slightly different. If you’re a REAL stickler for details, you may have noticed that there is a slight difference between the intersecting lines of the Phi graph, and the sweet spot of Phi itself. In this image, I made sure to align the head of my subject within the spiral and placed the left eye approximately over the sweet spot. Ok, moving on…

In this photograph, from Key West, I lined up the horizon with the top line of the Phi grid. In my opinion, when you line up the horizon with a rule of thirds grid, the separation is too…obvious. I think it would leave a bit too much of what isn’t the subject in the image. In this photo, the sky and clouds are the perfect compliment to what I’m trying to convey in the photo: The church on the bottom right, and the famous Duval street on the left. But with any more sky than is already present in the photo, the viewer might think the sky is actually the subject. Here’s one more…

In this example, I used multiple lines on the Phi grid for my final composition. I lined up the doors with both vertical lines, as well as the bottom horizontal line. This provided for a perfect amount of ceiling to lead the viewers eye to the door. Here’s a few more examples without the grid. See if you can imagine the grid over the images and determine why the image was composed the way it was.


Hopefully, this article has shed some light on a somewhat mysterious subject in the world of photography. Fibonacci’s Ratio is a powerful tool for composing your photographs, and it shouldn’t be dismissed as a minor difference from the rule of thirds. While the grids look similar, using Phi can sometimes mean the difference between a photo that just clicks, and one that doesn’t quite feel right. I’m certainly not saying that the rule of thirds doesn’t have a place in photography, but Phi is a far superior and much more intelligent and historically proven method for composing a scene.

If you’d like to start incorporating this powerful composition tool into your photography, you’re in luck! I’ve included a PNG overlay of both the Fibonacci Spiral and the Fibonacci Grid. Just click this download link to start using them. These overlays are for use in Photoshop. Just place them into the file you are working on, then scale them to the correct size of the image.


Comment by Woman on January 27, 2014 at 16:46

Suitably impressed, and i shall be entering for the craic.

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