Bushmills Irish Whiskey has kicked off the #BlackBushStories collaboration series, showcasing and celebrating those who have gone against the grain to follow their passion and become champions in their chosen field.

A collaboration with Dublin street photographer Freddy Kelly, a.k.a. Raw Dublin, will see the talented documentarian host a photography masterclass at Drury Buildings on Wednesday 20th June in association with #BlackBushStories ambassador and acclaimed bartender Paul Rocks, who will offer a tasting session on some of Bushmills’ best loved whiskeys.

Freddy is Dublin’s most talked about Instagram photographer of 2018, capturing visual stories from around his city that attract thousands of likes, comments and followers. Instagram’s instant, raw nature has fast become the perfect platform for Freddy’s style of street photography, welcoming a range of photography styles – from the conventional to obscure and everything in between.

The ‘Black Bush and Photography’ interactive event will see Freddy teaching attendees how to take great photos on their smartphones and cameras, sharing tips and tricks that can be applied straight away. Alongside a tasting session, attendees will also be treated to specially-created Bushmills Black Bush drinks throughout the night where whiskey enthusiasts can experience the signature rich, fruity notes and velvety smooth character of Black Bush.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has also launched an all-Ireland social media competition, whereby budding photographers are asked to find an Irish story that moves them and upload their photographs to social media using the hashtag #BlackBushStories. The photograph could be a city, a person, a landscape, a moment or anything else that captures their imagination. A winner from each county in Ireland will be picked and will receive a bottle of Black Bush, with the overall winner also receiving a Sony Xperia XZ2 smartphone and trip to the The Old Bushmills Distillery (including an overnight stay at the Bushmills Inn.)

Inspired by the supreme craftsmanship, passion and care that goes into the special premium blend of Bushmills Black Bush, #BlackBushStories celebrates the stories and talents of independent, spirited and extraordinary Irish individuals who challenge traditional thinking in their fields and live outside the box. A series of immersive collaborator events will be held across the country’s leading venues over the coming months. Each event will celebrate those who have pioneered their craft with phenomenal success and have had the determination to nurture their talent to be the best they can be.

To register for ‘Black Bush and Photography’ and for more information on the photography competition visit blackbushstories.com.