‘Girl’ gets Spi­der nom­i­na­tion

Bray People - - FACE TO FACE - Mary FOG­A­RTY

AM­A­TEUR PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Des Byrne from Bray was a con­tender in the re­cent Black and White Spi­der Awards.

He at­tained a nom­i­na­tion in the Ar­chi­tec­ture sec­tion of the pres­ti­gious nom­i­na­tion and win­ners photo show, which was at­tended by 35,000 on­line view­ers. Those thou­sands of peo­ple logged on live from 154 coun­tries to see the cli­max of the in­dus­try event for black and white photography.

Thou­sands of im­ages were re­ceived from 68 coun­tries world­wide. The awards in­ter­na­tional Jury in­cluded cap­tains of the in­dus­try from Mag­num Pho­tos, The Ar­mory Show, Fratelli Ali­nari, Contrasto to Tate and Hamil­tons in Lon­don.

This was the first time the Kil­lar­ney Park man had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion with one en­try in one cat­e­gory. ‘I have four en­tered in four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories for the next event,’ he said.

The judges re­viewed the en­tries on­line for eight weeks be­fore mak­ing their fi­nal nom­i­na­tions and Des Byrne’s ‘Who’s that Girl,’ which was taken on the Docks in Water­ford City, en­tered in the Ar­chi­tec­tural cat­e­gory, re­ceived a high per­cent­age of votes over­all.

‘The Spi­der Awards cel­e­brates pho­tog­ra­phers who op­er­ate at the high­est lev­els of their craft,’ said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Di­rec­tor. ‘Des Byrne’s work rep­re­sents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the ti­tle of Nom­i­nee.’ and hon­ors the finest im­ages with the high­est achieve­ments in black and white photography.

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