The haunting black and white image, titled ‘Souls Tied’, shows two little birds flying together at the iconic Dark Hedges in County Antrim.

Northern Ireland offers the perfect canvas for photographers. With its rugged coastlines, panoramic views and rolling countryside, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to capturing the perfect image.

Yet sometimes it’s the small, simple details that make for the most striking images, as Northern Irish photographer Paul Killeen showed with his award-winning image.

The Northern Irish photographer won the prestigious award for his image of the famous attraction, beating over 1,600 competitors.

A striking image – nature’s beauty

A Northern Irish photographer wins a prestigious award for his incredible image.
Credit: Instagram / @paulkilleenphotography

The striking image shows two birds flying together at the iconic Dark Hedges in County Antrim, which is one of the best free things to do in Northern Ireland. A truly magical capture, you can see the emotion conveyed through the lens.

Paul took to Instagram to announce his success in the World Landscape Photographer competition on Sunday. He said: “Those who know me personally will know how much winning this competition means to me.

“They will know my passion to continue making images to please me. For others, resonating with my work really means a lot. Thanks to @nigel.danson and the rest of the jury for choosing this WLP 2022 winner!

The photographer from Northern Ireland competed against more than 1,600 other photographers from 67 different countries to win the prestigious prize for his beautiful image.

NI Photographer Wins Prestigious Image Award for Famous Attraction – a global photography contest

British photographer Nigel Danson founded the World Landscape Photographer competition to celebrate the world’s best photographers while raising money for charity.

This year, funds raised from the contest have been donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. An impressive £16,000 has been raised to help those affected by the crisis.

The Red Cross has been working to support the Ukrainian population since the start of the Russian invasion. So far, they have provided life-saving aid to more than 2.1 million people.

A great story behind the camera – a sincere image

A Northern Irish photographer wins a prestigious award for his breathtaking image.
Credit: Tourism Northern Ireland

The emotion conveyed by the image of the Dark Hedges is immediately clear to all who look at it. This haunting sentiment is part of the reason the Northern Irish photographer won the prestigious award for his stunning image.

Taking to Instagram, Paul wrote: “Last year a good friend of my wife sadly passed away. Lynsey was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2015.

“When she was diagnosed, she was told she would be lucky to see Christmas that same year. However, Lynsey bravely battled cancer for five and a half years before dying on April 11, 2021.”

He explains that he “made this image… on April 14, 2021, the morning of Lynsey’s funeral. As soon as I saw the two birds flying in my frame, it immediately reminded me of Lynsey and her husband, Simon. It is a very poignant and personal image.

This breathtaking image was a deserving winner of the world prize. So we can’t wait to see what moments this talented photographer will capture in the future. You can check out his website here.


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