PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Bill is passionate about photography and creativity. He is a fine art photographer, an international photography judge and a distinctions adjudicator for the Irish Photographic Federation.
He has been awarded Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique's Blue Badges for best photographer in international salons in France, Scotland, Bulgaria, Belgium and Australia.
His photographs have won hundreds of awards in international competitions in 31 countries including Ireland, France, Luxembourg, Greece, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales), Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Bulgaria, Spain, Argentina, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Russia, the USA, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
In 2016, Bill won the title of Photographer of the Year from the Irish Photographic Federation. He also has numerous awards from other Irish events, including the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy as the SACC Photographer of the Year 2015-2016.
My interests are eclectic. My passions are photography and history. This website is primarily for my photography, with an occasional nod towards my writing and history interests.
2014 - awarded the distinction of Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation.
2016 - awarded the distinction of Excellence (EFIAP) by the International Federation of Art Photography (Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique).
2017 - made an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Awarded the distinction of EFIAP Bronze.
2017 - awarded the distinction of Proficiency by the Photographic Society of America.
1999 - Conferred with a Master of Arts (Hons) Degree in History by the National University of Ireland, Cork. I'm the author of a dozen books (mostly on historical topics) and have edited several others. My research interests include 19th and early 20th century Ireland, especially the Landed Ascendancy and politics; the Napoleonic Wars; the two World Wars, particularly as they relate to Irish involvements.
I have a university certificate in Irish archaeology and am a qualified tour guide. I give talks on a wide variety of history and photography topics. One of my minor claims to fame is that I was interviewed for the Russian newspaper 'Pravda' in 1990 (it was at that time the biggest newspaper in the world).
A few short pieces of my writing and lectures can be read under 'Bill's Blog'.