Limerick photographer scoops top European award

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

WHILE THE rest of us were avoiding the hard frost of 2010, Peter O’Donnell was out in the freezing cold snapping away.

WHILE THE rest of us were avoiding the hard frost of 2010, Peter O’Donnell was out in the freezing cold snapping away.

And it was certainly worth his while.

The Castleconnell based photographer won the IPPA Professional Photographer of the Year title for the second time in three years in March.

Now he has received first place in the Federation of European Photographers’ competition - fine art photograph of the year.

It is composed of the national professional associations of 21 European countries.

Peter’s stunning image of the all white riverbank at Castleconnell trumped them all.

“The image celebrates the beauty that abounds Castleconnell.

“The village and its riverbank is a treasure trove of natural beauty and the people of Limerick are lucky to have such a resource on their doorstep,” said Peter.

“The stretch of the river we have is really beautiful. It is left to its own devices and I really hope that doesn’t change.

“Mother nature has a lovely way of self regulating. All you have to is turn up with a camera and it is all there in front of you,” he added.

As well as being a proud day for Peter and his family, he says it is also a feather in the cap for Irish photography.

“It demonstrates that the standard of photography in this country is world class and establishes Irish photography as a leader on the world stage,” said Peter.

While all we see is the wonderful photos - blood, sweat, tears, and this case frozen fingers goes into getting the perfect shot.

Peter can wait for hours until conditions are perfect.

For certain shots he has to wait until a certain time of year, the correct lighting, where the sun is going to be but then a grey cloud can spoil everything.

“When you get a good shot it is worth it.

“That’s the real buzz and then to have somebody appreciate it as well,“ said Peter.

The Federation of European Photographers certainly have.

The winning image can be viewed on Peter’s website www.thewidereye.com