Derry’s ‘Portrait’ project scoops top award

One of the flagship projects in Derry’s City of Culture year, BT Portrait of a City, has won a prestigious award.

The project - serialised weekly in the ‘Derry Journal’ - was voted Digital Culture Project of the Year at the 2013 Digital Advertising NI awards at a special ceremony in Derry on Friday night.

The Derry project saw off stiff competition from Bushmills Live, by Smarts, and The Clandestine, by Video Hacker, to win the award which was announced at St Columb’s Hall.

Kirsty Osborn, Project Coordinator of BT Portrait of a City, said: “It is always very pleasing to see your work recognised in this manner and we are delighted to have won. The BT Portrait of a City project, though, would be nothing without the contribution of the people of the city. Our project tells their story and we are very grateful to everyone who has come forward this year to present us with their pictures, films and stories.”

Culture Company chief Executive Shona McCarthy added: “There was never a doubt in my mind when I first heard about the BT Portrait of a City project that the people of this city would embrace it. They have done so in incredible numbers to create this wonderful digital archive which will be an incredible resource for future generations.”

Peter Morris, Director of Corporate Services, BT, said: “Connecting communities is at the heart of everything we do and that’s what made BT Portrait of a City a natural project for us, as principal partner, to get behind. The whole community can be proud of what they have achieved this year and this award is recognition of the worth and importance of the project to the city as a whole.”

BT Portrait of a City is a year-long project run by Culture Company to create the largest digital archive of a city ever created.

To date, hundreds of thousands of photographs, many of which haven’t been seen for decades, have been included in the archive.

The DANI awards were held as part of CultureTech which was staged in the city last week as part of the City of Culture celebrations.