The eyes have it

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Dan Buck­ley

With her win­ning smile to match her fa­ther’s win­ning ways, Wayne Allen’s four year old daugh­ter Charlotte doesn’t look shy as she tow­ers over the mush­rooms in the Cur­ragh Woods of Mi­dle­ton, Co Cork.

“She is shy and very quiet when she is out, but one of those ter­rors at home,” says Wayne, who took the photograph on his mo­bile phone in late Au­gust.

“I bought a cam­era about five years ago but it is about a year since I used it. I have the phone with me at all times and I like to take pictures on it.”

He can now build on his skills, hav­ing won the first prize of €1,000 worth of pho­to­graphic equip­ment do­nated by spon­sors Barker Pho­to­graphic. Both run­ners-up take home vouch­ers for €250.

From Dun­gour­ney in East Cork, Wayne, who works as a qual­ity en­gi­neer with Dell EMC, of­ten takes Charlotte and her six-year-old brother Rhys to the coun­try­side and loves the woods near Lis­goold.

“It’s a grand old spot and it’s great for the kids be­cause if they are in the house all day, they get rest­less,” he says.

Wayne’s photo of his daugh­ter, who is now four, won the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner’s 2017 Read­ers Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion. He had not planned on en­ter­ing un­til his mother en­cour­aged him.

“I showed her the pic­ture when I brought a copy of the Ex­am­iner, which I do ev­ery Satur­day and she said I should send it in, so I did.”

First run­ner-up Martin Dug­gan, from Shan­don St, Cork, is a keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher. His art-like por­trait of Con­nemara Man was taken us­ing a Nikon D700 out­side a pub in Clif­den, Co Gal­way.

“I was do­ing seascapes and I thought I would go for a beer when I spot­ted this chap out­side the door,” says Martin. “I smiled at him. He was ob­vi­ously a lo­cal and he did not mind hav­ing his photo taken.”

Martin, who has a cob­bler’s busi­ness on Shan­don St, is a peo­ple per­son in ev­ery sense.

“I look out the win­dow of my busi­ness and I see peo­ple pass­ing,” he says. “I al­ways have a cam­era ready. I love pho­tograph­ing peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly older peo­ple with in­ter­est­ing and lived-in faces with a story to tell. It’s a break from look­ing at shoes all day.”

The sec­ond run­ner-up is Pawel Zyg­munt, from Dublin, whose stun­ning photo of Mount Er­ri­gal in Co Done­gal won him a place in the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Orig­i­nally from Poland but now set­tled here with a fam­ily, he loves the Ir­ish coun­try­side.

“I have been here for 13 years and I travel all over the coun­try­side,” says Pavel. “I go out and visit places and pho­tog­ra­phy is just added value when I am out and about. My favourite place is Done­gal. I love it there.”

The 2018 com­pe­ti­tion is now open. Each week two pictures will be cho­sen and fea­tured on the Fo­rum pages of the Satur­day edi­tion of the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner. The two win­ners will re­ceive a high-qual­ity A3 print of the page and will go through to the fi­nal at the end of the year.

Pic­ture: Wayne Allen

Wayne Allen’s pic­ture of his daugh­ter Charlotte en­joy­ing the won­ders of Cur­ragh Woods in Mi­dle­ton, Co Cork, won him the ‘Ir­ish Ex­am­iner’ Read­ers’ Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion 2017.

Con­nemara Man by Martin Dug­gan won the Shan­don Street cob­bler the first run­ner-up slot in the com­pe­ti­tion. A keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher, Martin’s por­trait was taken us­ing a Nikon D700 out­side a pub in Clif­den, Co Gal­way.

Early morn­ing at smoky Mount Er­ri­gal, Co Done­gal, won Pawel Zyg­munt the sec­ond run­ner-up slot in the pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion. ’I travel all over the coun­try­side. I go out and visit places and pho­tog­ra­phy is just added value when I am out and about. My favourite place is Done­gal,’ said Pawel.

Pic­ture: Larry Cum­mins

Run­ner-up Martin Dug­gan, left, and Wayne Allen, sec­ond right, with Paddy Barker of spon­sors Barker Pho­to­graphic and, right, Jim Cough­lan, vis­ual me­dia man­ager, Ir­ish Ex­am­iner.

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