In the Spirit of Father Browne

Amateur Photo Contest

Rules & Regulations


ELIGIBILITY: The ICCANB Photo Contest is open to any amateur photographer, except ICCANB volunteers acting as administrators of this contest, prize-sponsoring individuals or companies or their employees, judges, and their immediate families. Professional and semi-professional photographers (any photographers who earn more than $5,000 a year selling their photographs) are not eligible to enter.

Only the photographer has the right to submit a photograph. Photographs previously published in any print publication, in full or in part, are not eligible for entry.  Prizes will be awarded to the photographers.



  • Entries must be received by March 17, 2021. ICCANB takes no responsibility for lost entries.
  • To be eligible to win, a photograph must have been taken in New Brunswick within the 12 months leading up to submission deadline (from Mar 17, 2020 – Mar 17, 2021).
  • Participants are limited to 2 contest entries but each photograph must be accompanied by a separate email entry.
  • As the purpose of the contest is to emulate the spirit captured in the photographs of Father Francis Browne, all entries must be black-and-white photographs. Moderate digital adjustment (cropping, sharpening, etc) is acceptable, but any image with a watermark or signature will be automatically disqualified. 
  • The photographer must have the written consent of all individuals in the photo and consent from individuals who own personal property (buildings, gardens, etc) featured in the photograph.
  • By submitting a contest entry, the photographer grants to the Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick (ICCANB) and its Photo Contest Sponsors, if any, the right to publish the photographer’s winning entry along with the photographer’s name for marketing and promotional purposes. The photographer will not receive further compensation for such publication.
  • By submitting a contest entry, the photographer also agrees that, without further payment, their submitted photograph entry may be used in print or electronic form to promote future photo contests by the ICCANB and/or to be used in producing fund-raising products for the support of the ICCANB. The ICCANB agrees that, if any such use is made of a contestant’s photograph, credit for said photograph shall be clearly identified and the photographer retains all other rights to their work.
  • It is the responsibility of the contestant to ensure that use or publication of the contestant’s photographs by ICCANB raises no legal claims. The photographer must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest.
  • No person may win more than one prize. Only one winner per household (same home address) is permitted.
  • Contest winners will be announced during Celtic Awareness Week 2021 (25 Apr—01 May/2021)
  • The names of the winners, and as many of the entered photographs as space permits, are scheduled to be published in the June 2021 issue of  The Shamrock Leaf, ICCANB’s twice-annual newsmagazine.


PRIZES:  1st prize:  $100      2nd prize:  $60      3rd prize:  $40  

Each person entering the contest, will receive a one-year complimentary membership to the ICCANB. If already a member, the contestant will be allowed to gift the complimentary membership to another party.
TO ENTER:   There is no entry fee. 

  • Contestants must submit original, high resolution digital files, for reproduction purposes, so winning pictures can be published. These Digital entries must be at least 3MB in size. (Maximum file size: 6MB), and be sent electronically as jpg files to:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
  • Each entry must be sent as an attachment to a separate email, and each email shall include the contestant’s name, mailing address, phone number, caption for photo, date and location photo was taken. By submitting an entry to this contest, the photographer agrees that: (a) they do not work as a professional photographer; (b) the photograph submitted is their original work; (c) the photograph was taken at the location specified on the entry email, and (d) that any required permissions have been obtained.

JUDGING:  Judging will be done by professional photographers, on a volunteer basis. Entries will be judged on the degree to which the contestant has been able to use light, composition and subject matter to achieve the spirit of Fr. Browne’s ability to capture the poignancy of everyday people, places and events in black & white format.

FOR Information about Father Browne and his photographic legacy,  CLICK HERE

Fr Browne

Francis (“Frank”) Mary Hegarty Browne, Browne’s mother, died when he was young and his father when in his teens. His uncle Robert Browne, Bishop of Cloyne, acted as guardian to Frank and his siblings, four of whom entered religious life. When Frank completed his secondary education he decided to become a Jesuit. Immediately before entering the Order, Uncle Robert sent him on a grand tour of Europe and bought him a camera to record his trip. This visionary act was to reveal a natural aesthetic ability and fostered an interest in photography that was to reach fruition when Frank became the most outstanding Irish photographer of the first half of the Twentieth Century.

The bishop had another surprise up his sleeve, when in early 1912 he presented Frank with a first-class ticket for the maiden voyage of the Titanic to bring him as far as Cobh. So it was that on the morning of the 12 April 1912 he arrived at Waterloo Station in London to catch the Titanic Special. He immediately started taking photographs, first recording the train journey and then life aboard the Titanic on the initial section of the voyage. Having made friends with a wealthy American family he was offered a ticket for the remaining part of the journey and no doubt excitedly telegraphed a request for permission to go on to New York, to which he received the terse response “Get Off That Ship — Provincial!” That telegram not only saved Frank’s life but also meant that this unique record of the voyage was saved for posterity and guaranteed overnight fame for Frank Browne SJ.

It is estimated that Browne took over 42,000 photographs during his life. Twenty-three volumes of the photographs have now been published. The features editor of The Sunday Times of London called this “the photographic equivalent to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In 1985, Father Edward O’Donnell, SJ, was clearing items from the basement of the Irish Jesuit Provincial House when he came across a large metal trunk.  What he found inside told a remarkable story—of the life and times of ordinary people and places as well as the first few days of what would become a most tragic journey.

The trunk contained a large collection of negative albums, photographs and, most amazingly of all, an album containing photographs of Titanic’s voyage from its departure from Southampton to its stopover in Cobh (formerly know as Queenstown).

This collection was determined to have been the work of a fellow priest who had passed away in 1960—Father Francis Browne SJ.   Although Fr. Browne had enjoyed worldwide fame in 1912 when his photographs of the Titanic’s journey to Cobh were published worldwide,  by the time this incredible collection of his work was discovered, 25 years after his death, he and his work had been all but forgotten.  The discovery of this “lost” collection of more than 40,000 negatives, depicting the life of the emerging Republic of Ireland as well as experiences from the many countries he visited during his life, ushered in a new appreciation of whom one critic described as “a master photographer with an unerring eye”.

In 2012, An Post, Ireland’s postal service, issued a commemorative stamp celebrating the lifetime contributions of  Father Francis Browne and provided the following short biography:

The Irish province of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus), the owner of the negatives pursuant to Browne’s will, engaged photographic restoration specialists David and Edwin Davison to preserve and catalogue the fragile and unstable negatives. The Davisons made copies of every negative and began the process of transferring every usable image to a digital format for future generations. The Davisons later acquired the rights to the photographs and still own the rights as Davison & Associates.   A collection of Fr. Browne’s work can be found on their site at:


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1st Place

Woodland White

Photographer:  Muriel Daley, Janeville, NB

Taken: 03 April 2019

Location: Janeville, NB

Prize: $100


2nd Place

A Walk in the Woods

Photographer:  Mary Beth Gorey

Fredericton, NB

Taken: 11 March 2020

Location: Fredericton area, NB

Prize: $60

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3rd Place

The Watch

Photographer:  Johannes Doemer

Saint John, NB

Taken: 27 July 2019

Location: St. John River, Saint John, NB

Prize: $40




We are grateful to our 3 judges, who were chosen from around the province and were generous with their time and professional experience to review all submissions received and offer a few comments for each photographer.


NOEL CHENIER, from Rothesay, is an award winning photographer and educator. He spent two decades working as a photographer for the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal and currently teaches photography full-time at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.  His work has been published and displayed across North America.  He also teaches a variety of photography courses, and has created the Learn Photo365 app for iOS and Android to inspire photographer and help them improve their photographs.Find out more info on his app  and courses at  You can see his photography at and follow him on Instagram at


After attaining his PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, JORDAN PINDER spent five years working in a cancer research lab before returning to his hometown of Miramichi, New Brunswick with his family to turn his passion for photography into a full-time career. Specializing in composite and sports photography, Jordan also creates personal and meaningful keepsakes of weddings, family photos, graduation or fun and unique portraits of your four-legged friend.He has also moonlighted as a staff writer for the internationally acclaimed photography news and education website  Check out his work at or on instagram at

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Andy Tree portrait

ANDY TREE is a Fredericton-based photographer with a passion for all things wedding and engagement.  He has spent over a decade capturing the moments and memories of hundreds of couples around the Atlantic provinces, with a focus on real moments and raw emotion. You can view Andy’s work on his website,, or follow him at