Irish Daily Star


Siobhan wins Sony photo accolade


INDONESIAN authoritie­s closed an airport and residents left homes near an erupting volcano yesterday due to the dangers of spreading ash, falling rocks, hot volcanic clouds and the possibilit­y of a tsunami.

Mount Ruang on the northern side of Sulawesi Island had at least five large eruptions on Wednesday, causing the Center for Volcanolog­y and

AN Irish woman who quit her job as an architect to follow her dream of becoming a photograph­er saw it pay dividends when she won a huge accolade at the Sony World Photograph­y Awards in London.

Siobhan Doran found out she won her award while she was in the Philippine­s at the official launch of her House That Sugar Built book, which includes the shots that impressed the judges.

The Carlow native was honoured at a glitzy ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane after her winning entry was chosen from almost 400,000 images entered in this year’s competitio­n.

“I had been working in architectu­re and in the last four years before I quit, I did a photograph­y degree in my spare time. I re-mortgaged my house to help fund the degree and set up my new career

– as otherwise I would not have been able to afford to make the career jump.”

Siobhan’s triumph in the Architectu­re section of the World Photograph­y Awards followed disappoint­ment last year when her first submission into the competitio­n failed to impress the judges.


She has published three photograph­y books and works as a freelance architectu­ral and interiors photograph­er. She visits her sister in Dublin regularly and says a book project based in Ireland

“would be the dream job.”

Among the other winners this year were a perfectly timed shot of a rising moon on the Old Man of Storr hill on the Isle of Skye in Scotland,

Geological Disaster Mitigation to issue its highest level alert, indicating an active eruption.

The crater emitted white-gray smoke throughout yesterday, reaching more than 500 metres above the peak, as people were ordered to stay at least 6 kilometres from the 725m mountain.

800 of the 11,000 people living in the affected areas have already left.

which was taken during a blizzard and illuminate­d by drone lights. This won the UK’s Liam

Man the Open Photograph­er of the Year award.

The Photograph­er of the Year title was won by Juliette Pavy for series Spiralkamp­agnen: Forced Contracept­ion and Unintended Sterilisat­ion of Greenlandi­c Women.

The ceremony also honoured acclaimed photograph­er Sebastião Salgado, for his distinctiv­e blackand-white works.

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PICTURE PERFECT: Siobhan Doran with some of her photograph­s; (below and right) her work is focused on architectu­re
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