The Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr. Pat English launched the exhibition/competition for teenagers Photos from Your Phone in the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel.
This project was devised by the Arts Centre’s outreach officer Gareth Thomas as a response to cyber bullying among young people, which has been shown can lead to severe depression, devastating self-harm and even suicide.
The photos on display show a stunning and positive response from today’s youth via the use of their camera phones. Clonmel Rotary Club and Clonmel Credit Union sponsored the project, and to whom the Arts Centre is very grateful. The judges, John Crowley and Robbie Cantwell were very impressed with the creativity and spontaneity of the photos and judged them accordingly.
Patrick Bardon, president of Clonmel Rotary Club; Gerry Flynn, former president of Clonmel Rotary and the Mayor presented the prizes.
Ailish Conneely and Sarah English, whose work the judges found to be outstanding and who each won a Cannon Powershot A3500 digital camera, were the joint winners.
Siska Oosthuysen, Seán Fitzpatrick, Akville Subaciute, Bliss Reynolds and Cumani Hayes also won cameras. A draw of all the entries was held and the winner was Michelle McMeel, who won a Lumia smartphone and Jack Moloney, who won a digital camera.
The exhibition is open until February 22 during opening hours at the Arts Centre in Nelson Street - Tuesday to Friday, 10am -5pm through lunch and Saturday from 12 noon-4pm. Admission is free.