About Me - Sue O'Connell

I'm not sure which is my greater passion, photography or 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 100 awards in categories including Travel, Nature, Monochrome  and Photojournalism. I have also been awarded in major competitions including Travel Photographer of the Year (three 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 2018 I achieved EFIAP/platinum, having gained over 1000 acceptances in international  salons. I am also an accredited PAGB judge.

My husband, Peter Brisley (www.peterbrisley.photography) and I are regular club judges and speakers. 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.


- Just returned from a trip to the Pantanal, Brazil, where we  had many wonderful jaguar sightings.

- Off early 2019 to Ethiopia, part of trip requiring armed guards!

- Just notified that I have been shortlisted in four separate categories for Travel Photographer of the Year 2018. Judging in December - fingers crossed!!!

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