Home » Lifestyle » John Kelly – a portrait of a photographer
John Kelly, PPAI award winner.
John Kelly, award winner.

John Kelly – a portrait of a photographer

Clare Champion photographer, John Kelly’s long string of successes in the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland (PPAI) annual award scheme continued  in Dublin on Friday night.

John’s remarkable gift as one of the country’s leading press photographers was underlined by the fact that not only did he win first prize in the 2015 Portrait category, but he also claimed third place in the same section.  Furthermore, John also won third prize in the Sports Features.

First prize Portrait - Body Builder
First prize Portrait – Body Builder

The winning photograph is Body Builder, a striking image of Jason Morris of Toonagh, County Clare. Jason came second in the Irish Natural Bodybuidling Federation 2014 Under-68kg category.

John’s other award-winning portrait is titled, The Old Man and the Sea. It shows Paddy Hanrahan from Cappa, Kilrush collecting seaweed as fertilizer for his nearby garden.

The third prize in the Sports Feature is a dramatic image of Davy Fitzgerald in the rain after Clare hurlers loss to Tipperary in last year’s Waterford Crystal Cup.

Third Prize portrait - The Old Man and the Sea.
Third Prize portrait – The Old Man and the Sea.

In congratulating John on his latest achievement, Clare Champion editor, Austin Hobbs said his portraits showed how well he could relate to his subjects; enabling him to capture the very essence of the person.


“John is a great chronicler of the life and times of County Clare”, Austin added.

Check Also

Clare schools advised to stay closed on Wednesday in wake of storm

SCHOOLS in county Clare that were closed today have been advised to remain shut tomorrow, …

error: Content is protected !!