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LCFE Photography Learner's National Award

LCFE Photography Learner's National Award
Date: 22 Apr 2013
Limerick College of Further Education celebrated success again at this year's National Student Media Awards in Dublin last night, picking up a major award in one of the two categories four of the learners had been shortlisted in. Janusz Biarda, a First Year photography learner at the College, won ‘News Photographer of the Year’. This is the second year in a row that an LCFE learner won in this category. Joe Gilmartin, a Second Year photography learner this year and also a nominee in the same category, won the award last year.

Commenting on Janusz’s success, LCFE Director, Pat Maunsell said: “This is fantastic news again for LCFE. Well done to Janusz and also to the Photography Department. I am not surprised that we secured another win given the quality of entries this year from the LCFE learners shortlisted.”

LCFE has a very successful pedigree in the ‘sMedias’, with Photography learners from the College previously picking up awards in the ‘News Photographer of the Year’, ‘Sports Photographer of the Year’ & overall ‘Photographer of the Year’ categories. In 2007 the Photography Department won Sports Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year. Both categories went to Dermot Culhane who subsequently set up his own photography business in Limerick. In 2008, the college was represented by Diarmuid Greene who won Sports Photographer of the Year. Due to Diarmuid’s success at the awards he was offered a full-time position with the sports photography agency Sportsfile.

Eoin McCarthy, Head of LCFE’s Photography Department, echoed the Director’s comments: “I would like to congratulate Janusz on winning the award and to thank all of our Photography learners who submitted their work to this year’s event. Our success in the ‘sMedias’ is all the more significant, given that LCFE is competing against 3rd Level college students in all the different categories.” He continued: “It's great for the reputation of the College and really good to see that our learners are competing against the very best. I look forward to continuing to showcase and promote our learners work into the future."