Double exposure as Omagh photographer wins top award for second year running

Tony Moore has retained his crown as Advertising & Commercial Photographer of the Year at one of the biggest industry events in Europe

A photographer from Omagh, County Tyrone has proved he has the money shot after being named Advertising & Commercial Photographer of the Year for the second year running at one of the industry's most prestigious events.

Tony Moore brought home the award from The Societies of Photographers 2018 Convention in London, where a gala ceremony was held on Saturday, January 13. Moore first received the accolade at the same event in January 2017.

Established in 1989, the SWPP are an international photography society with thousands of members that span the entire globe. With over 12,000 image entries from professionals around the world, the awards are highly sought after.

Former plumber turned fine art photographer Moore is elated to have now been recognised with the award twice back-to-back. 'To win the Advertising & Commercial Award award for the second year in a row is just so overwhelming for me,' he said. It proves that at any age, you can retrain and fall in love with something completely different that what you started out with in life.

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Studio Salon by Tony Moore

'The winning image itself was a commission by a local couple who work in the same building at their home, one works as a musician and the other as a hairdresser. They were truly enthralled with their image which takes pride of place in their business premises.'

Moore first spoke about how he found a new career in photography following his award win last year. 'I worked in the plumbing industry for 30 years,' he explained. 'I started photography partly out of curiosity of how a camera worked, but always liked art and drawing local street scenes and charcoal landscapes. When plumbing contracting and parenthood took over I never had time to develop my passion for art and photography until recent years. A few combining factors changed the course of my life and with the belief that life is indeed too short, I decided I wanted to make a living with fine art photography specialising in, amongst others; the sculpting with light technique for house portraits and the commercial/architectural industry.'

His winning image in 2017 was of 9th Avenue Pizza, based along Castle Street in Moore's native Omagh. More of his work ranging from house portraits and interiors to landscape shots can be seen at

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Moore is excited for what the future holds with successive honours now under his belt. 'A lot of hard work and many hours have paid off,' he said. 'My work has been recognised as being different and worthy to merit this prestigious award by my peers from one of the world's biggest photography societies.'

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