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Photographer is architect of his own success

By Linda Stewart

Published 28/01/2013

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A self-taught photographer from Straid has beaten off competition from more than 500 photographers from across the globe to win a major award.

Bill Abernethy said the news that he had won Architectural Photographer of the Year award at the Societies 2013 January Convention in London had come out of the blue.

He had submitted his image of the Titanic Belfast building to the Societies photographic magazine and won a gold award in its monthly competition — one of four he was to win.

The Societies — an amalgamation of eight major photographic societies — then collected all the gold award-winning images to choose the winners of its major awards, and Bill’s photo came out on top.

“I took that picture in March 2012 just before Titanic Belfast opened,” Bill said. “It still had a big fence round it so I climbed up on top of that fence and snapped the building, not thinking there was any possibility of anything like an award.”

Bill has owned a small photography business for four years but is entirely self taught with no photography qualifications.

“I didn’t believe I had any chance of winning it,” he said.

“You could have literally knocked me over with a feather.”

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