I interviewed a lovely local lady recently about winning a prestigious photography award. Audrey Kelly of c2 Photography and Design has won a host of awards at Professional Photography Award Northern Ireland (PPANI.) She was very inspirational, and some of her winning images were breathtaking.
Her main prize was the Overall Photographer of the Year 2014 Award at the Professional Photographer Association of Northern Ireland (PPANI) Awards. Audrey clinched the top prize plus five further awards at the glittering ceremony on March 30 at Culloden Resort Hotel in Belfast.
The Dungiven mother of two also won Most Outstanding Image Award, Overall Wedding Photographer of the Year, Classical Wedding Photographer of the Year as well as being first runner-up in the Under 5’s Portrait category and winning a Licentiate Award.
Speaking from her studio Audrey said “I still can’t quite believe it. I get wee moments of disbelief. It’s surreal.
I’m excited about the future. This is just the beginning. A lot of people would stop at this, as it’s such a big achievement, but I feel like I’m just starting.”
For even more amazingness, it’s the first time since the category opened in 1979 that the Most Outstanding Image Award has been presented to a female photographer. “Added bonuses like this make it more special.” Audrey said. The image in question is a magical shot of a bride below a beautiful circular window while her groom looks on from a nearby pew.
Audrey has been a photographer since 2008 and opened her dream studio in 2012. She is a very wise lady, and inspired by her wonderful Granny, has some brilliant advice.
THANK U GRANNY – I want to tell you all a little story about why I’m so in love with photography and why I believe it is so important. I always believe my Granny Mullan has a lot to do with my passion for photography and has handed me down her gift. My Daddy always tells me that he never saw granny without her camera in his youngest memories. It was in no way a professional camera, but because the little woman using it was so passionate about capturing every little moment in my daddy’s and his siblings life, it didn’t need to be. She shot what was in front of her and locals knew that what ever was happening on the farm or new homes being built, life milestones etc , granny was guaranteed to be there to record it. And I think she knew that one day her grandchildren (me ) could look back on these. What really saddens me is that because of technology , the grandchildren of the future wont get to see old pictures of their mum and dads, Grannies and Grandads – people today are excellent at capturing and recording all these special moments with their digital cameras , camera phones and what not , unfortunately though they aren’t printing them off so they are basically pointless – You’ve got to think 20 years ahead, where will Facebook, Instagram ,etc be??
Here is an image of me as a little girl. My granny organised a photographer to call to her home one Sunday as I remember and every family got their family portrait taking, Granny paid to get this done for us!
So I guess if Granny wasn’t as passionate as she was, I too wouldn’t have this to compare and amaze my little girl Chloe with just how much she looks like me at the same age of 10 … If u are all to do something this weekend , please everyone PRINT,PRINT PRINT!!
Data will last 10 years (if even) a photograph 100 years. Audrey x
I think the last few lines are so powerful. I don’t know that anyone really gets photos developed anymore. But as further evidence that I was born in the wrong century, I love looking through old photographs, and nothing beats ageing faded photographs, with faces decades younger than the ones you know, the year and subject scrawled on the back. Our family has a couple of boxes in the attic, with unalbumed prints spilling everywhere, and we never tire of looking through all our baby faces every time a milestone birthday rolls around.
There is a shortage of recent photos, and there is a risk that the physical photos will run out, so I am going to start making a conscious effort to get these precious family times and stages recorded. With my little siblings still being so young, it makes me hope and wonder and fear what will happen to all those little hopeful happy faces.
One of the commenters on Audrey’s Facebook post wrote about an app called Free Prints which allow you 40 free prints a month free, and all you pay for is £2.99 or £3.99 delivery. It means camera roll and Instagram pics can be ordered directly from your phone. I ordered some today.
Although Journalism terrifies me, I’m grateful for the wide range of amazing and talented people I meet and get to talk and listen to.
Go develop some photos, guys. I only regret I don;’t have a dark room, and a string with clothes pegs to properly old style ‘develop.’
I’m hoping the full article will appear in my placement newspaper on Friday.