Stephen S T Bradley Wins Prize at Moscow International Foto Awards

Stephen S T Bradley’s photo series ‘A Terrible Beauty’ won silver in the science/environment category against competition from thousands of photographers across the globe. His images will be showcased in the MIFA Best of Show exhibition in Moscow later this year.

When entering this year’s Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), the name of the W B Yeats poem ‘A Terrible Beauty’ seemed an apt title for Belfast photographer Stephen S T Bradley’s portfolio showing clouds in constant battle with planes in the skies high above his Northern Ireland homeland.

“ My subject matter includes airplane vapour trails juxtaposed with naturally formed cloud formations, caught together in an ethereal dance high above Northern Ireland.

Each image is created from a single shot, with adjustments to exposure, contrast and saturation.”

Stephen’s cloud work also won Silver at Prix De La Photographie Paris 2019.

Stephen’s Moscow International Foto Awards winning images can be seen at

Stephen lives and works from Newtownabbey, County Antrim. Beginning his professional career as an editorial photographer at Belfast based photo agency Pacemaker, Stephen S T Bradley recorded the tragedies of Northern Ireland’s civil war, The Troubles, when his images appeared in the majority of national newspapers worldwide.

He has photographed A list musicians including Elton John, Jermaine Dupri and LA Reid when he lived in Atlanta, before discovering a connection with place through engagement with dark and brooding skies high above his Northern Ireland homeland.

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