DIT student wins global photo competition

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Hazel Coonagh's winning photograph in the
Metro Global Photograph Competition

9th December 2009

DIT Visual Communication student, Hazel Coonagh, has won the Metro Global Photograph Competition. Her photo of an elderly man sheltering from a snow shower in Dublin was chosen by a group of international judges from 130,000 submissions in three categories in what is the world?s biggest online photo competition. Hazel, who is in the final year of her degree programme, wins a prize that includes top of the range photographic equipment, as well as a trip for two to any one of 100 cities. In addition, she will be mentored by Irish photographer Paul Kelly, and will be invited to the Fotografia festival in Rome, which is curated by Marco Delogue.

Speaking to Metro, Hazel described how she took the photo from the bus. ?I sat down the back and was looking through my camera at some of the shots I had taken, and just started taking pictures out the window?.. We came along the quays and stopped in a bit of traffic and I just saw this gentleman waiting for his bus as it was snowing, with the ?No future? poster beside him?. How could I not take it??

Hazel, who is from Glasnevin in Dublin, wants to be a professional photographer. Last year her entry in the Metro Urban Jungle photo challenge came in the top 100.

Meanwhile last Saturday, Hazel was on of the many enthusiastic DIT students who were on hand to explain their experience of college life to prospective students attending the annual DIT Open Day. Some 3500 students came through the doors to find out information about the options open to them through the CAO for September 2010. Students and staff from every School in DIT were there to give students the real story of what individual programmes are about, what it?s like to be a DIT student and what courses lead to what careers.

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Hazel Coonagh hard at work at the DIT Open Day
on Saturday 5th December 2009

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