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Engage Live, the online photography training platform, has won eLearning Provider of the Year at the 2015 Digital Advertising Northern Ireland Awards, Northern Ireland’s premier digital industry awards.

The aim of the company is to help photographers of all abilities to get creative, broaden their skills base and ultimately establish themselves as brand leaders in their chosen fields.

Since launching in September 2014, Engage Live has built up over 110 hours of educational HD video footage delivered by professional photographers from the UK and further afield.

Viewers can watch and help to shape Engage Live classes, which are streamed live from a studio in Derry~Londonderry’s 8081 Workspace, and thereafter purchase the recordings to learn from on-demand.

The 2015 DANI Awards ceremony was held in Derry’s St Columb’s Hall during the CultureTECH digital innovation festival, and saw Engage Live shortlisted for eLearning Provider of the Year alongside Qubizm Ltd and Komodo Learning.

Speaking after receiving the award, Engage Live founder Donal Doherty said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to accept this award on behalf of the Engage Live team, who have all worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make Engage Live a success.

‘Our growing user base of aspiring and professional photographers tell us that they value video training over text-based learning in order to succeed as business people in what is a visual industry.

‘With this in mind, we have built up a suite of HD video classes designed to assist new photographers to develop their brands and improve their digital footprints in order to attract new clients online, and introduce experienced photographers to new trends and niche skills, like food photography and editing with Photoshop.

‘We are still in our first year of trading, and in that time we have worked with some of the best photography trainers in the business, like the American wedding photographer Sal Cincotta and South African commercial photographer Brett Florens, without whom our shortlisting at the DANI awards would not have been possible.

‘I would to thank our team, our international range of instructors, and the good people at 8081 Workspace, where we have our office and studio, for their efforts over the past weeks and months. They share my passion for elearning and it is a pleasure to work with them all. Here’s to another successful year ahead.’

Now in its fifth year, the DANI Awards connect Northern Ireland’s digital leaders through its annual awards ceremony. Any company within Northern Ireland or working with a Northern Ireland business – whether public, private or community and voluntary sector – can enter the DANI Awards, regardless of size.

The awards has a range of categories suited to a wide variety of organisations, from large private and public companies through to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups, social enterprises and established SMEs.