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Diamond Award for Laura Leonard (LIPPA) of Priory Studios by Dominic Lee

Judges at the Irish Professional Photographers Association were stunned by the high standard of submissions during Round 1 of the awards programme on Monday 9th May but the highest accolade ever received by Priory Studios went to photographer Laura Leonard LIPPA in the open art and creativity category.

While Priory Studios have received many Gold Awards in the past this is the first time they have been awarded a Diamond and in photographic terms that’s not just a Rolls Royce, that is a Lear Jet.

 

The award winning photograph depicts model Kathleen Augusto (originally from Peru) and is reminiscent of a romantic 1940’s Casablanca scene. This modern take illustrates a scantily clad young lady in hotpants and fur stole draped across her shoulders, seated on an elegant chesterfield leather court chair. The focus is clearly on the model, who confidently wears her fringe across the eyes. One could be forgiven for suggesting the hair style is of a 1960’s Beatle esque era. However, the addition of the vintage background, cigar and smoke adds to the ambience and Hollywood feel of the photograph. You would almost expect her to be listening to “As Time Goes By”  being played on the grand piano.

The hair was styled by Stephen McCarron creative director at Aidan Fitzgerald Hair Salon in Blackrock, Co. Dublin who will represent Ireland at the World Hairdressing Championships later this year. Stephen previously won a silver medal for Ireland at the Mondial de la Coiffure in Paris. The Irish Hairdressers Federation will host the OMC European Cup 2011 at the RDS, Dublin on 29th and 30th May 2011. We wish all of the team at Aidan Fitzgerald Hair Salon continued success with their award winning hair creations.

Laura also received two Gold Awards in the Open Art & Creativity and Fashion Categories.

Neil McShane (aka Mononeil) - May 11, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Well done Laura. A wonderful image and a true Diamond. The first of many to come.

Jackson Hutchinson - May 11, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Well done Laura, Some fabulous images. A true talent !!

Darren Purcell - May 11, 2011 - 8:38 pm

It’s a beauty Laura, well deserved, well done!

Alison - May 12, 2011 - 11:39 am

Congrats Laura. I love the images they are gorgeous. My favourites have to be the ‘diamond’ winner above and the portrait/head shot. Would you consider doing some fashion/editorial work in the future?

Pierre - December 31, 2011 - 8:55 am

a very great portrait work. Congratulation

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