Ella Dreyfus was awarded the inaugural 2005 Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture portrait "The Lads: Nadz and Dax". The winning work was acquired by the Tweed River Art Gallery
, for its permanent collection.
Photographer Sally McInerney, daughter of Olive Cotton, judged the Award and said this of Dreyfus' winning entry:
"the portrait has beautiful composition and great technical virtuosity. The subjects have arranged themselves like a piece of classical sculpture - but not for long. It's a bit subversive because they're from an aesthetically overlooked group - not glamorous or angst ridden, no social authority, and not much personal history. They are in a mysterious phase of life that doesn't last long, like chrysalids... ...She's managed to catch the complexity of two young boys lives in "The Lads: Nadz and Dax". It's a beautiful piece of work."
In the 2006 Olive Cotton Award Ella Dreyfus was awarded the judges commendation for her portrait "David Moses".