Photographer Des is over the moon after prize win

By Maria Pepper

Des Kiely's winning picture, 'The Rising of the Moon'.
Des Kiely's winning picture, 'The Rising of the Moon'.
Des Kiely's image on the cover of Astronomy Ireland.

A Wexford-based photographer has been announced as the winner of a photographic competition run by Astronomy Ireland to find the best photograph of the last supermoon, which appeared in our skies on November 28 last.

Des Kiely managed to get a picture of the moon in the sky over Wexford's iconic Pikeman statue in the Bullring and, inspired by the Dubliners' song, captioned it 'The Rising of the Moon'.

The photograph was selected as the winner from hundreds of entries submitted by professional and amateur photgraphers all around the country, netting Des a €500 prize with the photograph being given pride of place on the front cover of the January 2017 edition of Astronony Ireland magazine.

Des is the photographer whose exhibition of photographs entitled 'Wexford Past and Present' was hosted by Wexford Library during 2016 featuring present day photos of Wexford with old photos of the same locations superimposed on them for historical contrast. The Red Kettle café also hosted a display of his photographs last autumn.

Originally from Dublin, Des is a full-time graphic designer and a part-time photographer based in Wexford town.

Wexford People