Conor swoops to clinch prize with owl im­age

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - ALEX HIB­BERT

APHO­TOG­RA­PHER has scooped an award af­ter the public picked his im­age as an ex­hi­bi­tion favourite.

On a bird watch­ing trip to north­ern Fin­land in March, Conor Mol­loy sat waist deep in snow, wait­ing for a Great Grey Owl to go hunt­ing.

And af­ter two long hours, Conor’s pa­tience was re­warded when the bird even­tu­ally took flight, en­abling him to cap­ture a re­mark­able shot of the crea­ture glid­ing above the snow.

The ma­jes­tic im­age has bagged him Macclesfield Cam­era Club’s Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy as cho­sen by the public.

The ac­co­lade also comes as he topped his first sea­son as the pres­i­dent of the club too.

Vis­i­tors to the club’s two week an­nual show at Macclesfield Li­brary voted for which pic­ture they thought was the best while view­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion’s stunning shots, with the most voted for im­age get­ting the tro­phy.

Conor, a re­tired HR ex­ec­u­tive who lives in Tyther­ing­ton, had en­tered the im­age into the nat­u­ral his­tory sec­tion of the show’s awards scheme.

Although the judge liked his shot, they awarded the first prize to one of the other pho­to­graphs on show.

So Conor was de­lighted with his suc­cess in the tro­phy scheme.

“It was ter­rific to get such a large public en­gage­ment with our ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

“I saw many peo­ple en­joy­ing all the pho­to­graphs and one voter said they couldn’t choose as they were all so bril­liant, which was nice to hear.”

Conor is the club’s pres­i­dent and the club went to great lengths to en­sure that the whole process was fair and above board.

It ap­pointed a re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, a re­tired solic­i­tor, to count the votes and to en­sure that the count was per­formed cor­rectly.

Conor was too mod­est to boast about his achieve­ment, but the club’s vice pres­i­dent, Stephen Coyne, said: “This is a great re­ward for Conor.

“He is a re­ally tal­ented nat­u­ral his­tory pho­tog­ra­pher and to­tally ded­i­cated to his art. This will not be the last award Conor wins, I am sure.”

Last week Paul Scott, of New­ton Street, Macclesfield, was also de­lighted to walk away with four tro­phies for his ef­forts, two of which were awarded for por­traits of his grand­daugh­ter Mia.

The cam­era club meets at 8pm on Mon­days at Macclesfield Li­brary.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to mac­cles­field­cam­er­a­club.org.uk.

●● Great Grey Owl Hunt­ing, which won Conor Mol­loy, inset, an award for the most public votes at Macclesfield Cam­era Club’s an­nual show

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