Ed Kelly honoured with AFL Prism Award

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

AFL Investments, in partnership with Bermuda Professional Photographic Association (BPPA), today announces that it has honoured Kenneth Edward (Ed) Kelly with the second annual AFL Prism Award for lifetime achievement in the field of photography.

Ed Kelly, AFL Prism Award winner 2012

Mr. Kelly was presented with a custom-made, cut-glass prism trophy at a special ceremony held this evening at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Representatives of the arts and photographic communities in Bermuda attended the presentation of the award. Launched in 2011, the AFL Prism Award is a unique platform for recognising the talent and skill of Bermuda-based professional photographers.

Mr. Kelly is one of Bermuda’s most established professional photographers. In 1952, he first opened his own studio, Kellys!, on Chapel Lane in St. George’s. During his long freelance career, he has captured on film events across the island and in over 50 countries around the world, including Iran and Libya, as well as attending several photo safaris in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Mr. Kelly’s photographs have been featured in the local and international media, countless books, personal photo albums, as well as all kinds of corporate literature. On one of his more unusual shoots he was tasked with squeezing into a small underground cave system in Bermuda to capture rare bird fossils before they were destroyed by blasting work at the surrounding quarry. The photos were later published in the reference book, Birds of the World. He also photographed a number of sea shells for a special edition Bermuda postage stamp collection.

Many Queens, Kings, Prime Ministers and celebrities are featured in Mr. Kelly’s portfolio. Most notably he succeeded in scooping the worldwide media in getting a picture of ex-dictator Juan Domingo Perón disembarking from an aeroplane when no one in Argentina realised he had left the country. Mr. Kelly’s photo appeared in a number of high-profile news publications including TIME magazine.

Mr. Kelly has a particular interest in capturing solar eclipses on camera and has adapted his equipment specifically for this purpose. He has photographed 16 eclipses on five continents.

Graeme Outerbridge from BPPA says: “We are delighted to recognise Ed Kelly with the second annual AFL Prism Award. Ed’s photographic portfolio is considerable and includes hundreds of weddings, as well as public events of historic significance such as the first reading of the riot act in Bermuda. He has played a central role in the development of his field on the island and is a founding member and past president of the Bermuda Professional Photographic Association.”

A photo from Mr. Kelly’s portfolio; Camels carrying tourists across the sand dunes in Dunhuang Province, China.

Cindy Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of AFL Investments, says: “It is a privilege to be able to recognise Ed Kelly for his photography accomplishments with the AFL Prism Award. We are delighted, once again, to be partnering with Bermuda Professional Photographic Association to produce this inspirational programme that is designed to cast a spotlight on the masters of Bermuda’s photographic industry. As a Bermudian company, supporting the local arts scene is an important undertaking for us.”

A special AFL Prism Award website has been launched to showcase Mr. Kelly’s photography. It can be accessed via AFL Investments website, www.aflinvestments.bm, by clicking on the AFL Prism Award banner.

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