Bill's Photographer of the Year award with the winning image in the background.

Bill Power from Mitchelstown has scooped the top award for fine art photography in Ireland to become the Irish Photographer of the Year at the Irish Photographic Federation’s national finals in Kilkenny last Saturday.

The judges were Riccardo Busci from Italy (President of the Federation of International Art Photography) and two highly distinguished UK international award winning photographers, Paul Keene and Rikki O’Neill, both of whom are Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society.

Bill won gold in one of three qualifying sections for an image titled ‘A Secret Place’. This image then went on to be chosen by the international judges as deserving of the title of IPF Irish Photographer of the Year 2016.

Last December, Bill won the top award from the Southern Association of Camera Clubs to become their Photographer of the Year. He is the first person in several years to win both the regional and national photographer of the year competitions, and one of less than an handful ever to do so.

A delighted Bill said it’s a dream to win the Irish Photographer of the Year award and explained …


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