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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  February 7, 2009 06:33 PM

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Photo illustration by Leighton O'Connor

By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent

When it came time for Beverly's Leighton O'Connor to make his annual contribution to North Shore United Way, the marine and travel photographer took a different approach.

Instead of money, he donated more than 100 matted prints of his photographs, as well as greeting and note cards, for the United Way to sell, with all proceeds going to the agency's annual campaign.

O'Connor also donated 24 framed prints for permanent installation at the United Way's office, in the renovated section of the Beverly National Bank in downtown Beverly.

With more than 25 years experience as a photographer, O'Connor travels the world capturing a wide variety of images and experiences. His subjects include professional sports, the Alaskan wilderness, aerial shots of the Spanish seacoast, the America's Cup yachting races, and concert halls and theaters.

He has a library of more than 3,000 stock photos, and provides services to corporations, small businesses, and individuals.

"Leighton's gift demonstrates his strong sense of community and is a great example of the creative ways people can help their neighbors in need on the North Shore," said Margo Casey, executive director of North Shore United Way. "Those of us who have worked with him in the past know that Leighton is always one of the first to show up and help out. We're lucky to be able to showcase his talents and increase our campaign fund at the same time. We hope people will stop in and buy prints for themselves and as gifts."

O'Connor's prints and cards are for sale at the United Way, 248 Cabot St., Beverly, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 978-922-3966 for more information.

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