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Interviews

June 2011

The Irish-born photojournalist Andrew McConnell (Panos Pictures) began his career as a press photographer covering the end of the conflict in his native Northern Ireland and documenting the peace process. Since then he has worked in Asia and Africa and in 2011 won two World Press Photo Contest awards – first prizes in both the Portraits Stories and Arts and Entertainments Singles categories. In a CPN video interview Andrew McConnell discusses his career, reveals the stories behind some of his best-known images, and talks about the equipment he uses to shoot his photographs.   

 

Please click on the window above to watch an interview with Andrew McConnell (Panos Pictures) about his career as a photojournalist.

In a wide-ranging interview Andrew McConnell discusses what initially motivated him to become a professional photographer. He also reveals exactly how he photographed some of the low light portraits from the portfolio, shot in the Western Sahara region, that won him the Portraits Stories category of the 2011 World Press Photo Contest.

He also gives the benefit of his experience of carving out a career as a photojournalist with advice to younger photographers and reveals what equipment he carries in his kitbag and why. Just click on the video window above to watch the full Andrew McConnell CPN interview.

Biography: Andrew McConnell

Andrew  McConnell

Irish photographer Andrew McConnell began his career as a press photographer covering the closing stages of 'The Troubles' in his homeland and the subsequent transition to peace. McConnell moved to work in Asia and then Africa, since 2007, to document the stories and issues from that continent. In the 2011 World Press Photo Contest McConnell won both the Portraits Stories and Arts and Entertainment singles categories for his images from Africa. His work has appeared in publications including National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine and Vanity Fair (Italy).



Showcase

Democratic Republic of Congo, Goma, North Kivu. Displaced children sit outside their makeshift homes in the Mugunga I IDP camp, home to over 10,000 people.