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Crossmaglen photographer scoops top global accolade

Talented Crossmaglen photographer Judy Boyle has added to her growing list of accolades, scooping a prestigious international award with the French-based world body of photography, Federation Internationale D’art Photographique.  The achievement is all the more remarkable as Judy is the first Irish woman to receive the highly sought after Gold Distinction EFIAP award.

Attending a special ceremony in the Eddie Chandler Gallery, Dublin last week, Judy received her prize from Irish Photographic Federation President Dom Reddin. 

Before this latest achievement, Judy had already gained the highest distinction in photography in Ireland – a Fellowship FIPF with the Irish Photographic Federation- and in UK, a Fellowship FRPS with the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, with panels of her creative photographic images.

To reach this pinnacle in Irish photography, she had to submit 150 photographs of the highest standard, in photography salon competitions in 15 different countries, achieving an amazing 500 acceptances.  Each acceptance represents one of the best images in a photographic salon. The images entered in photographic salons can be of any subject matter and Judy had no shortage of photogenic models for her portrait photos in her many nieces and nephews.  

She also included still life photographs and character portrait photos captured locally, as well as across Ireland and further afield. Other subject matter for her photos included Irish horse fairs, Croagh Patrick, old derelict cottages, parades and fine art creative photographs.

To date, Judy has won over 30 gold and silver medals for the top images in various international photography salons. And adding to her talents, she is also a master in photographic printing, producing all her own images to the highest standard.  

On no less than 17 occasions, Judy has represented her country on the international professional photography stage, one of the highlights being in 2012  when, as a member of the Irish team, she won the Best Country in the World accolade in both colour and monochrome photography.   

 Judy is a prolific traveller, visiting many countries to capture a wide variety of photographs for her EFIAP gold distinction. 

Earlier this year she travelled to Kolkata in India where she spent a week wandering the city, photographing locals in their varied environments that included a visit by invitation to capture the living conditions of families in two of the city’s slums.   She also visited the country on three previous occasions to photograph the people of Rajasthan while some of her best known photographs and award winning images were taken in Eastern Europe during her four trips to Romania and Moldova.  

Judy is a long-time member of the Drogheda Photographic Club and, with the help of her award winning images, the club is the country’s most successful, winning the top Photographic Club award in Ireland more than 15 times.

A competent lecturer in photography, as well as an accomplished judge at every level of competition, Judy is also a member of the assessment panel of the Irish Photographic Federation, responsible for conferring distinction degrees in photography.  Earlier this year she judged the Dutch Super Circuit of photography in Amsterdam, one of the top events in the world.

Judy is appreciative of the level of support and encouragement from her family, enlisting the help of husband Gene who has become expert in framing and mounting her photographs; while daughter Kerri Ann is responsible for the artistic critique and analysis of the photographs.  

Not content to rest on her laurels, Judy has set her sights on becoming the first Irish woman to obtain a Masters Distinction in Photography with the world body FIAP, and with such an impressive track record, there’s little doubt she will achieve just that.