Tal­ented teens are pic­ture of suc­cess in Go Kerry awards

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DENNEHY

TAL­ENTED teenagers from schools all over Kerry had their creative eye recog­nised this week at the sec­ond an­nual Go Kerry ‘Pic­ture Per­fect’ photo com­pe­ti­tion.

The walls of the Kerry County Li­brary were adorned with count­less beau­ti­ful im­ages on Tues­day af­ter­noon, each one de­pict­ing not just a stun­ning photo of the Kerry scenery, but also stand­ing as a tes­ta­ment to the creative tal­ents and hard work of Kerry’s youth.

Grace O’Don­nell of Go Kerry and Cathaoir­leach John Shea­han were on hand on the day to present those stu­dents with a cer­tifi­cate and a com­men­da­tion medal as re­ward for their ef­forts.

While a num­ber of stu­dents were un­able to make it to the award cer­e­mony it­self, their teach­ers were present to ac­cept the awards on their be­half and promised to de­liver the awards to the stu­dents them­selves back at school.

As one of the judges on the day, lo­cal pro­fes­sional photographer Dom­nick Walsh said that it was very dif­fi­cult to choose an over­all win­ner from the cho­sen im­ages.

“All I can say is that the work is fan­tas­tic,” he said. “I would love to go into an air­port and see pho­tos such as th­ese pro­mot­ing our county and show­ing what we have in the area.

“It’s great to see so many pho­tos from a young per­son’s eye as op­posed to the eye of a pro­fes­sional photographer.

“Young peo­ple take a photo of what they see while us pro­fes­sion­als take pho­tos of what peo­ple want to see, which is a mas­sive dif­fer­ence,” he con­tin­ued.

Grace O’Don­nell and her hard work­ing team at Go Kerry were the brains be­hind this year’s com­pe­ti­tion again and she had noth­ing but praise for all of this year’s crop of pho­tos.

“It wasn’t easy choos­ing win­ners,” she said, speak­ing at the awards. “As you can all see there are some beau­ti­ful pic­tures here. Ev­ery­one should be very proud of what they have ac­com­plished here.”

16-year-old Ben Woodard from Saint Bren­dan’s Col­lege in Kil­lar­ney was named as the over­all win­ner of the se­nior sec­tion and he said he was “de­lighted” to re­ceive his framed photo and a medal as a prize.

Ellen Kennedy from St Brigid’s School in Kil­lar­ney was not present on the day but she was named as the win­ner of the ju­nior sec­tion.

ABOVE: All pho­tos by Do­minick Walsh.

A win­ner in the Ju­nior Sec­tion of the Go Kerry ‘Pic­ture Per­fect’ photo com­pe­ti­tion was Ellen Kennedy (not in pic­ture ) from St Brid­gets Sec­ondary School in Kil­lar­ney. Also pic­tured here are Siob­han Mur­phy (The Ker­ry­man) John Shea­han (Mayor of Kerry),...

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