Limerick photographer snaps top ten European finish

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

LIMERICK photographer Cormac Byrne is toasting European success with a top 10 finish in a prestigious competition on the continent.

LIMERICK photographer Cormac Byrne is toasting European success with a top 10 finish in a prestigious competition on the continent.

The award-winning Dooradoyle photographer has been named in the top ten portrait category at the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year awards 2012, with the results to be unveiled at a glitzy ceremony in Austria in April.

Cormac’s images were three portraits of sisters Amber and India Fox from Sixmilebridge, and he said the placing was a “fantastic achievement”.

“I entered three images as part of a portrait portfolio that was judged individually. It is photographers from all over Europe and we were picked in the top 10 for that one,” he explained.

“The full results aren’t out yet, but just to place in the top 10 portrait photographers is a big thing for us.

“It would probably rank around our biggest achievement to date, it is quite significant. We have entered it before and received some individual awards, but we have never been picked in the overall photographer of the year top 10,” he added.

Judges from different countries will officiate over the various categories, with the winners announced in April.

Cormac, who worked in Wang and started taking pictures as a hobby before taking redundancy and starting up his current business 20 years ago, has amassed numerous awards over the past 21 years, including the prestigious Fuji/IPPA Masterpiece Award and over 25 Gold Crest Awards from the Irish Professional Photographers Association.

In the recent judging in the IPPA, Byrne received 24 awards for his wedding and portrait images and will now go forward for the overall Irish photographer of the year award, announced in February.

He has also memorably taken pictures of both well-known people and unexpected Limerick characters at locations across the city, including Paul O’Connell and his dad Michael, for his Faces of Limerick exhibition, still running in the city in the lobby of the Strand Hotel.