KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL, O’ DONOGHUE SUITE & KILLARNEY HOUSE
All things mountain and more!!!
Come on in and browse our Exhibition Zones – there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
The Killarney Mountain Festival is a celebration of the very best of mountain culture so keep your eyes peeled for information, offers, demonstrations and your opportunity to experience and engage.
Killarney Mountain Festival Exhibition Zones will play host to a number of photographic exhibitions by both the professional and the amateur photographers, and these will aim to showcase the many wide and varied aspects of Irish mountain culture from landscape to adventure, its people, its wildlife and its wilderness. Be sure to check out our talented array of exhibiting photographers, who will be displaying their amazing works in the exhibition zones in the ‘KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL’ and ‘KILLARNEY HOUSE”.
Also, the exhibition zone at the Killarney Plaza Hotel, O’ Donoghue suite, will play host to a SURPRISE exhibit!!
The Exhibition Zones are open on – Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, and Sunday 11th March 2018.
Opening daily between: 11am – 6pm
For more information, come and visit our team at Basecamp ot the Killarney Plaza Hotel.
Our photographers in residence for this year's festival are the following:
Norman is a professional photographer based in Kenmare and has a deep passion and speciality for landscape photography and has been making images of the Kerry and West Cork landscapes for almost 25 years.
The majority of his work is made on the Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas with much of his subject matter being the mountainous and bog covered inlands and our windswept Atlantic coastline. He relishes his wild office and is yet to tire of working in the highland and coastal areas so close to his home which has such a range of dramatic views thanks to our every changing weather and light.
A stunning selection of many of his images are featured in his wonderful recent publication – PARKLIGHT – IMAGES FROM KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK.
This beautiful project is the first full high quality photographic book on the landscape of Ireland’s oldest and arguably most beautiful National Park. The abundance of stunning scenery and ever-changing light throughout the seasons provided a huge amount of material to carefully edit down into this collection of images, showing the park at it’s best.
Normans hardback coffee table book contains 168 pages of full colour photographs along with some short essays on his own experiences of the project and some thoughts on the National Park itself.
In 2015 Norman opened his gallery in the heart of Kenmare town, where a large collection of limited edition and open edition prints can be viewed and purchased.
The Gallery 21 showcases stunning landscape photography with a distinct style, making Keith Woodard one of Ireland’s leading landscape photographers. Keith’s ability to capture Ireland’s ancient landscape, both in mood and texture, creates a highly collectable individual style.
The work resonates with the very soul of Celtic Ireland. Capturing the feeling and mood of the landscape and famous weather. Something we know you can all identify with. We are so fortunate to live in the incredible West of Ireland, one of his favourite subjects being the Wild Atlantic Way. When he is not travelling; the mountains, lakes and the magical & historical coastline of Kerry are his playground.
Keith learned his photography and refined his recognisable style in the very hills, mountains and shorelines of Co Kerry mentioned above where he has lived for most of his life. The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography by Keith Woodard opened in Killarney in Feb 2017 where Keith’s work of limited edition and open edition pieces can be viewed. His most recent solo exhibition was held in St Avertin, Tours, France which ran from June -September of 2017. titled ‘Celtic Light’ the exhibition was hugely successful with the majority of the work staying in France.
Billy took up photography in 2012 after reading a book on the subject and has developed his skill further over the years often while out hiking on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, a combination that has worked really well together.
Billy’s approach to photography is all about waiting for the right moment, the right light and trying to pick out a unique view that has not been photographed before. It often means an early start so as to capture the best conditions and also working a camera with frozen fingers but the end results can really be worth the effort when everything goes to plan.
Billy tells us that it’s rare that he doesn’t come away with something from the Reeks as it’s always different each and every time you go for a climb up there. On the odd occasion that he doesn’t get anything at least he’s got in a good workout!
Billy tries to capture the scene as he sees it unfolding in front of him. Some of the scenes that he encounters may only last a few minutes and then they are gone forever.
Billy recently came 3rd in his category while participating in a worldwide photography competition where more than 25,500 photographers entered and he came away with a shiny brand new DSLR camera as a result!
Anthony is an outdoor enthusiast with a lifelong passion for photography. Having first snapped shots with a camera as a young boy in Waterford, he has continued to explore photography with a very creative eye. Although his passion has been strong, he has always felt there was so much more to learn, and only a number of times in more recent years has he been heard to say that he thought a photograph was ‘badass’. (ie. he was actually happy with the shot!).
His subjects vary greatly from nature and wildlife to street art to paint hopping off a speaker on full blast! Anthony’s real source of joy is climbing and he is very fortunate to be able to spend plenty of time exploring the outdoors. Much of his photography is taken during climbing trips in some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and Europe! Anthony is currently based in Cork City.
Richard Creagh is a mountain enthusiast and part-time photographer from Cork, now living in West Kerry. Interested in both photography and the outdoors since childhood he has pursued both to the point of making life decisions around them – hence the move from suburban Cork to the side of a hill on the Dingle Peninsula, and the security of a ‘normal’ job to seasonal work that allows more free time to get outside. A hillwalking hobby taken up in college soon led to an introduction to rock climbing, and over the past ten years Richard has followed this interest to various mountainous parts of the globe – Wales and Scotland, Italy and Spain, the French Alps, Canada and the Himalaya. And always with a camera in tow.
Despite a longing to see bigger mountains in distant places Richard feels most interested in the mountains of Ireland. While foreign travel allows relatively brief glimpses of incredible areas it’s the landscapes close to home that mean the most. Through the extra time that can be given to understanding them and the greater sense of belonging that’s intrinsic to native places Richard hopes to get to know the hills of home better and better.
Though not a full-time photographer Richard has published images in print (British Wildlife, Irish Mountain Log, Climb), held exhibitions and gallery space and co-wrote a photo-heavy guidebook to the west of Ireland published in 2016. He sells prints of his work, occasionally runs photography workshops and has more book plans for the future.