An award winning portrait of a cow nestling her new born calf recently displayed at the famous Getty Images Gallery in London is now part of an exhibition of local women photographers work in Carrick-on-Suir library.
The beautiful, pastoral image was snapped by Carrick-on-Suir Camera Club Vice-Chairperson Anne Howard at her family farm in Windgap, Co. Kilkenny on New Year’s Eve in 2010.
It is one of 42 photographs on display in the Library at the moment as part of the Women In Focus Exhibition.
The photography of 11 women members from Carrick-on-Suir Camera Club is featured in the show, which was officially opened last Thursday, November 29 and runs until the New Year.
The exhibition showcases an eclectic mix of subjects from still life to landscape and portraits.
Anne’s photo capturing the connection between mother and calf shortly after its birth won the prestigious Nikon In-Frame Photo of the Month Competition in January.
Anne’s heart-warming portrait aptly titled “New Year’s Eve Arrival”, was later selected by the Getty Images Gallery in London for its exhibition showcasing the best in Nikon In-Frame photographic talent from the past year.
Anne recalled that when she saw the theme of the Nikon In-Frame Photo of the Month competition for January last was New Beginnings she thought the photo of the cow she took on New Year’s Eve the previous year fitted the bill and submitted it online.
“I completely forgot about it and then around February/March I was told it was shortlisted. There was a public vote online and it won the competition and I got a camera.
“Then they emailed me in June and said that out of thousands of images it had been shortlisted to be exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery,” said Anne, who is co-ordinator of Carrick-on-Suir’s Neighbourhood Youth Project.
The photo was chosen for the exhibition and Anne attended the official launch at the gallery on September 27.
She confesses she didn’t realise what a big honour it was at the time until others told her of the prestige of the Getty Images Gallery.
This isn’t the first award Anne has received for her photography of life on the farm.
She previously won the Irish Farmers’ Journal photography competition for her image of cattle being hunted down a lane at her home with the sunlight on their backs.
Anne worked as a freelance photographer for a short period in the 1980s abefore emigrating to the US for a number of years but always kept up photography as a hobby.
At the Women In Focus Exhibition launch, she praised the talent of the women photographers of the Club whose confidence and knowledge had grown as they shared their work at the meetings and the ‘great craic, laughter and fun’ they all had on outings.
Anne encouraged new people to join the club and invited all Camera Club members to take part in a “photo-walk” around Carrick-on-Suir from 1pm on Saturday, December 8 to photograph the town, its beauty and its people.
She thanked senior librarian Maura Barrett, who launched the exhibition and had invited the club to exhibit at the library.
Maura, who is also a photographer and writer, said she was honoured to officially launch the exhibition and spoke of the history of women in photography whose archived photos were a delight to view.
“I am gobsmacked at the level of talent here,” she said and spoke of high profile people who had already purchased some of the images including singer/songwriter Mick Hanly, author John McKenna and others.
“You have impressed many people with your work,’ she declared.
The exhibition is free and all are welcome to visit. The framed prints are all for sale.