Abbeyleix photographer scoops award

A PHOTO of a robin in the snow was this year’s winning shot at the Durrow Arts Festival, and earned Abbeyleix photographer James MacInerney the title of Photographer of the Year.

A PHOTO of a robin in the snow was this year’s winning shot at the Durrow Arts Festival, and earned Abbeyleix photographer James MacInerney the title of Photographer of the Year.

The 5th year student attends Kilkenny College and won the title for the Durrow and District Camera Club, as part of the adult section of the Durrow Arts festival.

James is passionate about photography, and was delighted when he heard of his win.

“I went off with my camera one day in the snow and it was almost a surreal moment as I was walking down the snow filled avenue of the local church. there was silence everywhere, then I heard a flutter as a robin landed on a palm tree. I could hardly believe it , he was totally still , So I just clicked and clicked and it was one of those perfect moments,” he said.

James was allowed to enter five photos and, although it was difficult to choose which ones to include, he was delighted he chose his shot of the robin.

The competition was judged by well known photographer Pat Farrell and James was awarded the John Brophy perpetual cup and plaque for his efforts.