A PHOTOGRAPH capturing the boys of a north Kerry school at playtime in their yard on one of the school's last ever days has been selected to feature in the world's most prestigious photographic exhibition.
Listowel photographer Ann McNamee (right) took the stunning shot at Scoil Pio Naofa shortly before it closed for good last year ahead of its amalgamation into Scoil Iosagáin in Ballybunion.
It shows the boys at play in the school yard as it bristles with the energy of a familiar scene.
Now it is to tour the world as one of 125 images after it was selected for Royal Photographic Exhibition in London - something of a
holy grail for photographers the world over.
The Royal Exhibition is the longest-standing one of its kind in the world and the images will tour the globe later in the year.
Ann wanted to capture life at the school before it closed, she explained:
"The project was made possible by principal Eileen Walsh who understood the importance of letting me capture life at the school naturally."
Key to her success in nailing the image was the fact the boys' awareness of her presence dissipated over time.
"Photographing children can be difficult because they want to pose or act up for the camera," Ann explained.
"Photographing adults can be difficult because they don't want to be in them. What is great about the photograph is that everyone has forgotten about the camera."
Amazingly, the project was the first she compiled after moving home from New York last year. She said she was delighted and honoured with its selection in the Royal Exhibition and also thanked school secretary Catherine Ellis and teachers Maura Gunn and Ita Kelly for their help.