Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Albuquerque photographer represents USA in global competition

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – It’s like the Olympics for photos. Countries around the world submit their best images for a chance at the World Photographic Cup. A local Albuquerque photographer’s picture made the trophy.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a respected panel of judges has determined that one Albuquerque photographer’s shot is better than thousands more. Kevin Dooley photographs local weddings but also takes people on “photo safaris”, mainly to his wife’s native Africa. “The wildlife and photographing different tribes around the world was really special to me,” Dooley said.

Dooley’s passion for the people and animals of Africa shines through. A photo of elephants at a waterhole in Botswana and a silhouette of Ethiopian tribesmen with their weapons earned him a spot at two previous World Photographic Cups. “This is the ultimate of all awards a photographer can win,” said Dooley. “It’s a lifetime achievement.”

Countries from all over the world submit their photographers’ best pictures to the WPC each year. Jury rounds carefully trim the thousands of entries into the top 10. “I’m in the top 10 category right now,” Dooley said.

Dooley’s most recent work captured world attention for the third time with the image of an Ethiopian cattle herder ending a vigil. “They have to stay with the cattle all night because a lot of predators could come in and hurt the cattle,” Dooley said.

He says cattle are a source of great importance and good fortune to many Ethiopian tribes, and he hopes his image will do justice to his subjects on the world stage. “That was this man’s wealth where some of us might have a big bank account or a fancy car or whatever else we value, these people are so amazing and I think find such happiness in things so simple,” Dooley said.

Dooley and the rest of Team USA will travel to Italy in March for the World Photographic Cup awards ceremony. The winners will be announced there.

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