Leitrim native set for awards
in London

Ailbhe McGill and some of the photos that featured in her exhibitions
The Longford Leader’s Ailbhe McGill has been shortlisted for a prestigious photography award for her photo entitled “Colourful Crayons”.

The Longford Leader’s Ailbhe McGill has been shortlisted for a prestigious photography award for her photo entitled “Colourful Crayons”.

Ailbhe, a keen photographer from Dromod, Co. Leitrim, was one of only 25 entries shortlisted in the My Perspective Photographic Competition 2013, run by the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Ailbhe’s interest in photography started in 2012, and she explains that it is something she really enjoys, adding that her favourite part of the process is learning new things; such as how to correctly hold the camera and how to use the focus.

The talented photographer has hosted exhibitions in libraries in County Leitrim. Though most would be nervous about their first exhibition, Ailbhe took it in her stride, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, saying that she enjoyed seeing people walking around and looking at the photos she took.

The “My Perspective” awards ceremony, hosted by the Down’s Syndrome Association, will take place in London on Thursday June 6. Ailbhe, who has been to London several times before, is very laid-back about the awards, explaining that she’s not nervous at all, but is looking forward to the event.

The competition began in 2010 after the successful “Shifting Perspectives” exhibition. For more information on the awards and to view the shortlisted photographs, visit www.downs-syndrome.org.uk