Limerick photographer earns spot at London awards

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A NORTHSIDE photographer has been recognised at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards in London.

A NORTHSIDE photographer has been recognised at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards in London.

Kileely man David Hayes, 35, has been commended in the Travel category at the competition.

His work, taken on Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa, was selected from more than 52,000 images from 171 countries.

The first time David’s work has been recognised on an international scale, he dedicated the commendation to his father John, who sadly passed away last month.

A spur-of-the-moment creation, he captured a girl with a red umbrella struggling through the rain in Jerusalem’s old city.

As a result of his victory, David will be included in the 2012 winners book which Sony will put out shortly.

David started taking photos ten years ago after a car crash left him seriously injured.

After receiving a hefty settlement, he prayed to God to present him with a new passion in life.

Two months later, he found photography, and this, he said, gave him a purpose.

David added the commendation he received at the London awards has given him a boost during a tough year.

He thanked Eoin McCarthy of the Limerick College of Further Education for his support.

“The recognition is great. It is recognition of the work I have done, and raises my profile. It has given me a personal boost as well. After ten years to have a photo recognised is a great boost, and something I needed this year,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.

Asked why he chose to become a photographer, he added: “I wanted something more of value in my life than money. That’s what I asked Jesus for and Jesus answered and I found photography two months later and photography give me a purpose in life.”

Just two days after his photograph went up in Somerset House at London’s Strand, David’s father John passed away.

For more information on David visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-World-Photography-by-David-Hayes/313454095358700