Three is the magic number for Clarkes

TOP local photographer Paddy Clarke is celebrating his third major award honour in as many years after scooping one of the top prizes at the annual Irish Professional Photographers’ Association National Photographic awards held in The Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

TOP local photographer Paddy Clarke is celebrating his third major award honour in as many years after scooping one of the top prizes at the annual Irish Professional Photographers’ Association National Photographic awards held in The Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

Paddy, along with his daughter Emma, who operated from Paddy Clarke Photography studio in Jocelyn Street, Dundalk picked up three awards at the annual event.

For the third year in-a-row, Paddy won the Classical Wedding Single Image award while Emma won the Child Portraiture Portfolio Award and Child Portraiture Single Award.

Speaking about the studio’s latest success, Paddy said it was a “great honour” for himself and daughter Emma to be recognised by their peers.

“This is the third year in-a-row that I’ve won the Classical Wedding Single Image award so it’s pretty consistent,” said a delighted Paddy.

“It’s a great honour for us and the category that Emma won in is one of the most coveted awards so it was great for her as well,” he said.

The father and daughter pairing’s success was all the more impressive considering the fact that there were over 2,500 entries for the prestigious awards. The IPPA is the largest Professional Photography Association in Ireland and has members from America, England, Holland, Spain, Northern and Southern Ireland.

Meanwhile, voting is currently ongoing for Paddy Clarke Photography’s Wedding of the Year 2010 prize.

Ran for the first time last year, Paddy selects a shortlist of his favourite weddings from throughout the calendar year just ended and allows members of the public to vote for the pictures which they feel are the best.

The winning couple receive a frame print of their winning panel and the person who leaves the best comment while voting also receives a e300 portrait voucher.

Hundreds of votes have been made already and can be submitted via the company’s Facebook page – where the four finalists’ weddings are on view – or by emailing info@paddyclarke.ie

Amongst the finalists are Oonagh Sharkey and Gary Hoey, who got married on April 30 last in Kilkerley Church followed by their reception in The Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford; Gill Buckley and David Harrison, who got married on New Year’s Eve in Haddington Road Church followed by their reception in The Westbury Hotel, Dublin; Claire Flanagan and John Gilsea, who got married on July 1 in Kilcurry Church followed by reception at Ballymascanlon Hotel and Noeleen Casey and Francis Bellew, who got married on July 17 in Kilcurry Church followed by reception at Ballymascanlon Hotel.

Voting remains open until midnight on St Patrick’s night, March 17.