/ 2021 / /


  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Todor Tilev
  • Website

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions during 2020 and 2021 in Ireland we have been in lockdown for 8 months without the option to go anywhere. The worst was the lockdown during the first 5 months of 2021, when nobody knew what is happening. Ireland had the most severe restrictions anywhere in the world. I wanted to show how I and many other felt: locked in a small place without any hope. To take this picture of myself I used the sculpture called 'Triangle' at Lough Boora Discovery Park in County Offaly in Ireland.

Todor Tilev is Multi-Award Winning Photographer. Todor is Bulgarian Photographer, who for the last 18 years has been living in Ireland. His pictures have been published worldwide.
For the last few years Todor Tilev has won hundreds of Competitions and Awards at National and International level. His pictures have been featured in post cards, calendars, educational courses, websites, newspapers, TV, magazines and galleries.

Awards I have been taking pictures for many years as a hobby. This changed in 2016 when my camera was stolen from my car. This was the point, where I decided to take Photography more seriously. I like being outside and that’s why I like Landscape and Nature Photography.
Through my pictures I want to show the beauty of the Nature. For me is very important, the scenes to be realistic and not be overdone in post process. For many years I used to take pictures only of Landscapes and avoided any other types of Photography. With the years I started taking pictures of anything I like. I realized, that there is no point to restrict myself just in one type of Photography.. As a person who the whole life has been involved in Sports, I started using ‘Periodisation’ for my Photography. In other words, I started taking pictures according to the season. This really moved my Photography to completely different level.
In the last few years I started working on many Projects and I like it. This is area, where I will continue working in the future. Some of my most popular Projects are: ‘Bulgarian Churches’, ‘Copper Crafts Master’, ‘The beauty of the waves’, ‘Lost’ ‘Light and Shadow’, ‘In the world of Ladybirds’ and ‘Wild Atlantic Drive’.
In the last few years I am very interested in ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Conceptual’ types of Photography. They are relatively new and have a huge potential and opportunities to express myself as a Photographer. I am constantly, want to try new things and develop myself as Photographer.
With the time I realized, that Photography became for me much more of going out away from reality. Through Photography I heal my soul and spirit, and use it as ‘catharsis ‘. Photography helped me to overcome many of my fears, connect with the Nature and discover the inner part of me.