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Trinity puts ‘Champion photographer in the picture

MULTI-AWARD-WINNING Clare Champion photographer John Kelly has scooped yet another top prize, having won the Energy at Any Age photography exhibition, hosted by Trinity College Dublin. The exhibition was organised by Age-Friendly Trinity. Around 50 guests attended the welcome reception and cast their votes for their favourite image, with John’s The Old Man and the Sea taking the People’s Choice Award. His winning entry was a photograph of Paddy Hanrahan collecting seaweed for use as fertiliser for his garden near Cappa, Kilrush. John outlined that when they put out the call for entries, he immediately thought of a number of the photographs that would fit the bill. He was delighted to get the call that they had accepted three into the exhibition. “That one of them had been chosen as People’s Choice Award at the opening, that was an extra bonus,” he said. The same image was a third-prize PPAI winner in the 2015 portrait section. Also selected for the …

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Martina puts granny in the frame

AN image captured by Corofin’s Martina Corry of her grandmother has pipped more than a thousand other entries to be selected as a winner in a nationwide competition. Martina’s photograph of her grandmother, Josie O’Brien, at her Tulla home was chosen as one of 12 winners in the Centra Live Today competition and will now feature in the store’s 2017 calendar. She will find out later this week if the photograph has taken the top award in the competition, judged by renowned photographer, Barry McCall, as well as Pippa O’Connor. Martina explained that the photograph was taken when she arrived to pick up her grandmother to take her to her niece’s 80th birthday party. “She was just standing there waiting for me and she just looked so cute I decided to take a photo. It was about three weeks ago and I had it on Instagram. “I didn’t tell her I’d entered it into the competition until they called me …

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‘Parky’ to be added to airport’s Wall of Fame

Shannon Airport is about to add another famous name to its ‘Wall of Fame’, that of the world’s most famous TV chat show hosts, Sir Michael Parkinson. The photograph of arguably Britain’s greatest ever chat show host taken at Shannon last Friday will be mounted on the wall of fame with over 60 other famous Shannon passengers that flew in and out of the airport across the decades. Others whose image taken at the airport also made the Wall of Fame include a number of Sir Michael’s 2,000 plus interviewees, including, Mohammed Ali , Gene Kelly, Nelson Mandela, Marlon Brando, Bob Hope, Richard Burton and Mick Jagger. Shortly after his arival, Sir Michael was given a tour of the Shannon ‘Wall of Fame’ in the airport’s transit lounge and, as he explored the permanent exhibition, recalled interviewing some of the world-famous people captured in it. The permanent exhibition was unveiled last year to celebrate the airport’s 70th anniversary and Mr …

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