Sunday 21 December 2014

Images of Kurdistan earn photographer place on shortlist among world's finest

Published 05/02/2014 | 02:30

Irishman Ivor Prickett has made the shortlist of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards for images from the series 'Kurdistan is Booming'.
Irish photographer Ivor Prickett

A YOUNG Irish photographer has been nominated for a prestigious award for his work documenting everyday life in Kurdistan.

Ivor Prickett (29), from Cork, has been shortlisted among the "very finest" in international photography over the last 12 months.

The Fermoy native, who is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey, has had work published in a number of leading UK newspapers and has now been shortlisted for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Prickett first studied photography at the Sallynoggin College of Further Education and his first real project – documenting life at Duffy's circus – helped him land a prestigious documentary course at Newport, Wales.

His big break came in 2012 when he took a series of portraits of Iraqi refugees living underground. While in Egypt in 2012, he took a portrait of iconic 'Sunday Times' war correspondent Marie Colvin in Tahrir Square.

When she was killed, his photograph was released across the world as the last image of Ms Colvin in the field.

Mr Prickett's series, 'Kurdistan is Booming', documents everyday life in the region 10 years after the allied invasion of Iraq. The work was selected for the Sony shortlist by a panel of photography industry experts from nearly 140,000 submissions by photographers from 166 countries.

The shortlisted images will go on show in London in May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

The winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced on March 18, while professional category winners and the coveted L'Iris D'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on April 30.

Speaking from his home in Istanbul, Mr Prickett said it was "always nice" to have your work recognised.

He explained he had taken the photographs in Kurdistan to highlight the self-determination of people amid the aftermath of war.

Irish Independent

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