PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
FIPF EFIAP/p MPSA ARPS
Bill is a fine art photographer, international judge and a distinctions adjudicator.
He has been awarded eight Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique Blue Pins for best photographer ('best author') in international competitions in France, Australia, Bulgaria, Scotland, Belgium and Germany.
His images have won hundreds of awards in over 35 countries including Ireland, France, Luxembourg, Greece, the UK, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Australia, Czech Republic, Singapore, Canada, Spain, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Belgium, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Holland, USA, Sweden, Poland, Moldova, Germany, Malaysia, Romania and China.
In 2016, Bill was the IPF Irish Photographer of the Year and was placed second in the world in monochrome large prints by the Photographic Federation of America.
In 2018, he won top prize for best author in monochrome projected images in the French Photographic Federation's national championships.
In February 2019, Bill became the first Irish person to be honoured with the distinction of Master by the Photographic Society of America (MPSA).
2014 - Fellowship from the Irish Photographic Federation (FIPF).
2016 - Distinction of Excellence from the Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique (EFIAP).
2017 - Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).
2017 - Distinction of EFIAP Bronze (EFIAP/b).
2017 - Distinction of Proficiency from the Photographic Society of America (PPSA).
2018 - Distinction of Excellence from the Photographic Society of America (EPSA).
2018 - Distinction of EFIAP Silver (EFIAP/s).
2019 - Distinction of Master from the Photographic Society of America (the first MPSA in Ireland).
2019 - Distinction of EFIAP Gold (EFIAP/g).
2020- EFIAP Platinum (EFIAP/p) - 'Cursum perficio'
AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN
1999 - Master of Arts (Hons) Degree in History by the National University of Ireland, Cork.
I'm the author of a dozen books. My research areas include 19th and early 20th century Ireland, especially the Landed Ascendancy and politics; the Napoleonic Wars; Irish involvement in World War I.
I have a third level certificate in Irish archaeology and am a qualified tour guide.
I am available to give lectures on history and photography subjects.
A minor claim to fame is that I was interviewed for 'Pravda' in 1990 (then the biggest newspaper in the world).
Another is that one of my photographs was chosen as the 2014 Irish Christmas stamp. It sold 3.7 million copies.