The freelance photographer won first prize in the Arts & Entertainment category for a photo entitled Savage Beauty on Loch Fuaiche. It was a photo of the Light Show Galaxy installation at the Galway 2020 festivities last year.
The Light Show took place, without a public audience, just as the Covid Lockdown hit in March of last year.
The judges said of Michael’s image:
“Quite simply, wow. What a shot! A creative image paying homage to the equally creative light installation itself. The composition and extremely creative choice to shoot it as a long exposure to bring a stillness to the water make this a worthy winner. It’s one thing making a good shot from a great assignment, but something else to make an exceptional picture.”
Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley congratulated Michael on his latest success..