John Kelly Photography


Working out of the west of Ireland, John Kelly is an
evocative and original multi award-winning
photographer. As staff photographer with The Clare
Champion for almost thirty years, he has chronicled the life and times of County Clare over that time; his unique photographs scratch
beneath the surface of everyday activity within the

Kelly's photographs have appeared in many publications and his work backboned
the acclaimed publication, The Scattering. For this
project, Kelly travelled to England, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and
Papua New Guinea to record the story of those who left
Clare for further fields.

Seventeen Press Photographers Association of Ireland awards -

1996 - 2nd People
1997 - 1st Features
2000 - 1st The Arts
2003 - 2nd Picture Story
2005 - 1st People
2007 - Most Humorous Photograph
2008 - 1st Sports Feature & 2nd Picture Essay
2009 - 1st Sports Action
2011 - 3rd Environmental
2013 - 1st News
2014 - 2nd Daily Life & People
2015 - 1st & 3rd in Portrait. Third in Sport Feature also.
2018 - 2nd Daily Life & People. 2nd in Reportage also.


Other Major Awards to date -

1997 & 2006 - GAA Mc Namee Photograph of the Year
1999 - The Photographic Society of Ireland Millenium Award
2006 - WDC - John Healy Photography Award

2018 - Winner of Energy at Any Age exhibition hosted by Trinity College Dublin as part of Trinity Week.

Seven National Media Awards for Coverage of Community Games, The latest being Cutest Photograph of the year 2011

Completely self-taught, John is married with three
children and resides just outside of Ennis, Clare.



Featured on Irish TV

Featured on RTE Nationwide on 10-02-16 (17.45min to 23.35 min)

Featured on Clare FM November 2015

Featured on Clare FM November 2014