A NEWTOWNABBEY photographer has snapped up a prestigious award with a stunning black
and white image of the new Titanic visitor centre in Belfast.
Bill Abernethy fought off some stiff competition to take first place in the ‘Architectural Photographer of the Year’ category at The Societies convention in London on January 12.
The Societies, the fastest growing worldwide associations for professional photographers, manage eight internationally recognised photographic organisations focusing on prime services to full-time and aspiring photographers.
As part of the convention at the Metropole Hotel, The Societies Professional Imagemakers held its gala awards dinner, during which the Straid man was delighted to pick up his prize in front of a gathering of more than 500 photographers from around the world.
“I only found out in December that I had been nominated by The Societies’ judging panel, and I had no idea when I attended that I had won. I was shocked, humbled and honoured when my name was announced,” Mr Abernethy told the Times.
“I was proud that I was successful, and also proud that I was representing the Province. As well as a crystal trophy I received a wonderful prize sponsored by Fuji Cameras.
“To date this has been the highlight of my photographic journey and a wonderful start to the New Year,” he added.
The competition judges said Mr Abernethy’s image had “dramatic perspective and good tonal range combined with dynamic angles, putting it in a class of its own.”
The trade show held as part of the convention had all the top names in the photographic industry in attendance and attracted more than 14,000 photographers from across the globe.