Raw emotion puts Freddie in the picture at annual awards

Community worker Kathy Wolff relays the devastating news of an arson attack at the Barron Hall a hub of the Glengormley Community. INNT 26-101-CON
Community worker Kathy Wolff relays the devastating news of an arson attack at the Barron Hall a hub of the Glengormley Community. INNT 26-101-CON

NEWTOWNABBEY Times photographer Freddie Parkinson has celebrated success at this year’s Photographer of the Year awards.

Freddie won the Merit Award in the Provincial Press Photographer of the year category at the prestigious awards ceremony.

Freddie Parkinson.

Freddie Parkinson.

It is the third successive year that he has won the accolade, and he scooped it this time for an emotive photograph taken in the aftermath of the Barron Hall fire in Glengormley in July 2010.

The community centre was targeted by arsonists which left the building a shell and forced several community organisations to look for alternative accommodation.

Freddie was one of the first photographer’s on the scene where he captured a tearful Kathy Wolff surveying the devastation wreaked on the community hub.

The judges commented that the picture captured the true emotion and devastation of the attack.

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