A Cork photographer has won a category at a prestigious international wedding photography awards.
Adrian O'Neill from Banteer scooped the best picture taken 'from above' at the International Wedding Photographer of the Year awards 2017 with a shot taken of a couple driving a convertible on their way from Incheydoney beach to their wedding reception at Dunmore House.
Adrian's stunning picture was selected from thousands of entries from around the world in one of eight categories which also included 'best solo portrait', 'best couple portrait' and most 'epic location'.
The couple in the shot, Maria and Michael, were married at the University of Cork's Honan Chapel and the image was captured by Adrian standing on the back of the convertible as they drove along Incheydoney strand on the way to their reception - while he tried to catch the perfect moment with the couple's kiss in perfect focus in contrast with the motion of the car.
Adrian said he'd forgotten he had even entered the competition and was not expecting win.
“I'd kind of forgotten about it as the cream of the crop of international people enter this competition. I didn't think I'd stand a chance and it's one of the favourites that I took last year. I just thought I'd chance my arm,” he told the Evening Echo.
“The couple were getting pictures taken on the strand at Incheydoney and they were driving a convertible and I thought 'let's do something different'. That's what I try to do with all my images, just to give the couple something uique from their wedding day.
“It wasn't a dangerous shot to take but I wouldn't be very tall so it was hard to take. The couple were delighted it has won the competition and it has got an amazing reaction online,” he added.
Adrian said he hoped the picture's success will help him to garner some extra business.
“It will spread the word and there is a lot of competition out there and it will give me a step up,” he said.
“For me, it's all about breaking that traditional wedding format kind of thing and giving every couple a little edge from their day. It has to be fun and there has to be spontaneity,” he added.
Adrian's work can be viewed at www.aonimages.com.