Two PPANI members shortlisted for the SWPP Photographer of the Year Awards in London

Shea Deighan and Audrey Kelly, both members of the PPANI have been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2019. The Societies of Photographers is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

Going up against some of the worlds most renowned photographers, both Shea and Audrey will compete for the prestigious award of The Societies’ Photographer of the Year, with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ Convention Awards Dinner held on the 18th of January in London.

Shea is also nominated for Wedding Photographer of the Year while Audrey is nominated for both Maternity and Avantgarde Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Over 12,546 images were entered in to the competition and photographers from all around the globe including many of our own members have been putting forward their images making this a truly international competition.

Phil Jones The Societies of Photographers’ CEO says, “This year we have seen a fantastic range of images and the standard has been very high. The finalist represent some of the finest images entered in to the competition and have competed against some of the world’s best photographers. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

Shea Deighan says – "I cannot thank each of my couples enough for putting their faith in me to photograph their wedding. They are the reason I am in this position and I am so happy they have come on this journey with me. No matter what the result in London, I am a winner already thanks to each and every one of my couples."

You can see more of Shea’s work at

Audrey Kelly says: “It’s always a delight to get a gold award within the SWPP monthlies competition, and I was especially thrilled to receive the news that two of my previously gold awarded images from 2018 were up for photographer of the year.

I am really excited to be heading over to the convention next week, and the awards ceremony.

Fingers crossed for Shea and I and hope to be taking some glass back over the pond with us again to Northern Ireland. Also good luck and well done too, to our good friend Tony Moore who is also nominated for the third year running.”

You can see more of Audrey’s work at

Best of luck to both Shea and Audrey for the awards in London. As Vice President of the PPANI I know I can speak for all members that we wish to see you both bring home golds. Fingers crossed for you both.

Shea Deighan’s image going for Wedding Photographer of the Year

Shea Deighan’s image going for Wedding Photographer of the Year