About Me - Sue O'Connell

My two great passions are  photography and travel. The two are inseparable in my mind. I travel to see, to experience, to understand. Photography is a key tool in this, as well as the way I can share the journey later.

Over the years my travels have taken me to wonderful far-flung places from Isfahan to Lhasa, the Sahara to the Gobi. But however impressive the sights, it is my encounters with ordinary/extraordinary people that mean the most to me. Sadly the resulting images often show a way of life that is under threat or perhaps already lost, giving them a haunting historical dimension.

I find international salons a useful touchstone for my photography (or maybe I just enjoy competitions!) At any rate I'm lucky enough to have won over 200 awards in categories including Travel, Nature, Monochrome  and Photojournalism. I have also been awarded in major competitions including Travel Photographer of the Year (four times!), National Geographic Traveller, and USA Landscape Photographer of the Year.

My work has appeared widely in the photographic press including B&W Photo, Digital Camera,  Amateur Photographe and also in exhibitions at the Royal Photographic Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and Photokina in Germany.  

I am a member of the RPS and hold the photographic distinctions, ARPS, DPAGB, and BPE 5*. In 2019 I achieved EFIAP/ d/1, having gained over 1000 acceptances in international  salons.

My husband, Peter Brisley (www.peterbrisley.photography) and I are accredited PAGB judges. Based in Bristol, we travel widely for judging or to give our presentation "Travels Towards the Edge". See link above for details and feedback (coming soon)

We are both proud to be Fotospeed photographers.

LATEST ...

- In September I was awarded a Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation with a panel of 20 Ethiopian images - my proudest achievement yet!

- In Nov we visited Japan for the first time, a fabulous experience. Already planning a return!

- In Dec an image of mine was included in the prestigious PAGB Masters of Print exhibition in Birmingham and also won a special Hannemuhle award.

- In Dec I was also shortlisted in four separate categories for Travel Photographer of the Year 2019. This is my fifth year as a finalist. Results in January - fingers crossed!!!


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