Paralympian Ahmed Kelly in training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Victorian Institute of Sport in Melbourne.

Born in 1991 with significant disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage for the majority of his first seven years. After undergoing surgery in Australia to remove the deformed sections of his lower legs, Ahmed learned to walk with the use of prostheses, and before long, he began to run. His inspiring recovery soon led him to his sporting love of swimming. Ahmed continues to compete as an athlete in the Paralympic Games.

Before any formal art education, Alex’s love of photography drove him to travel the world for seven years, building up a strong portfolio. He then enrolled at RMIT. Alex has worked as a staff photographer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne for over 19 years. Working as a press photographer, he has developed a wide variety of skills - photography is not only his profession, it’s also his hobby. Alex has covered major news events including two tsunami disasters; numerous bushfires; the Olympic Games; two Commonwealth Games; and many significant events in Melbourne and nationally.


  • Title: Ahmed Kelly
  • Creator: Alex Coppel
  • Location Created: Melbourne, Australia
  • Type: Photograph, artwork

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