UN award for Advertiser’s first photographer

 Neil Warner

Neil Warner

He has shot presidents; he survived an air crash, and has worked on projects ranging from New Orleans in the US to St Petersburg in Russia within the last year.

Neil Warner has dedicated his life to corporate photography; his career has taken him to various corners of the world, to sky highs and to underwater depths below Ireland’s deepest harbour. From his start as the first photographer for the Galway Advertiser back in 1970, a testament to his lifetime dedication to photography shall be made to Mr Warner by the International Photography Council (IPC ), a division of the United Nations, as he is awarded a Leadership Medal in New York City on May 22. The third ever European to receive the award, Warner has been singled out for his leadership of European photography over the past five years.

With an astounding number of awards under his belt, it is no surprise that Mr Warner is being recognised for his skill and passion of photography. With vast experience in corporate photography, Mr Warner has photographed four Irish Presidents and numbers Aras an Uachtaráin among his clients. With clients that include Dublin Aerospace and major players in the medical, biomedical and technological industries and a range of international hotels, Neil Warner’s powerful, colourful and insightful photography has received great critical acclaim while affording him the opportunity to travel the globe.

Along with the excitement of photographic work comes a level of danger, as became unnervingly clear to Neil Warner some years ago while working from a helicopter above Ireland's deepest harbour, Killary Harbour. “I was taking photographs from the helicopter when suddenly the engine stopped! The helicopter spiralled in descent and plunged myself and the pilot, to our sure death. We were submerged within the helicopter for a few minutes and were miraculously rescued by a local boat out sailing. It was terrifying and a real miracle.”

Warner took over the presidency and commercial directorship of The Federation of European Photographers (FEP ), an organisation which represents the interests of over 50,000 European professional photographers practising in 26 countries throughout Europe, back in 2007 and has since led the way in the development of professional advancement within the field of photography through the establishment of various initiatives. Aiming to provide a platform for photographers Warner has spearheaded projects including the European Photographer of the Year competition, the European Fine Art Image of the Year competition and the FEP Emerging Talent Awards(FETA ), which aims to support up and coming photographers.

Warner is the only Irish photographer to have achieved full membership of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has undertaken a Diploma in Digital Marketing at the Western Management Centre. Warner trained in Ireland, England, under scholarship from KODAK and Germany, under scholarship from AGFA.

Having achieved three Fellowships; the Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Fellowship of the British Master Photographers Association and the Fellowship of the Irish Professional Photographers Association, Neil Warner is also one of only 36 European photographers to have achieved the Masters Award for Photography.

Warner’s international experience ranges from a 5,000 image project in the New England states of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to recent projects in Spain and Hungary. He has lectured on marketing within photography in various European countries, most recently in the Slovak Republic, Denmark and Finland. The third European photographer to have received the International Photography Council (IPC ) Leadership Award, the medal has previously been awarded to Martin Vrabco, a Slovak fine art photographer and Bernd Gassner, a German advertising photographer.

For further information or to view Warner’s work visit www.warnercorporatephotography.com andwww.warnerphoto.org

His phone number is 0872596304. Email: neil @warnerphoto.org

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