Capturing the coast’s beauty
WICKLOW’S amateur photographers are being urged to submit their best shots to a national photography competition.
Now in its tenth year, the deadline for the Clean Coasts’ ‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition is fast approaching. The closing date for submissions is Saturday, August 31, at 5 p.m.
Garden County photographers previously had success in this highly-regarded competition. Christopher Howes, originally from Wicklow but now living in Arklow, took second place in the Wildlife and the Coast category in 2018’s competition. His winning entry ‘Each Animal Has As Much Right To Be Here as You and Me’, was taken at Silver Strand in Wicklow.
For the past ten years, the ‘Love Your Coast’ competition has been about capturing the essence of the Irish coastline. Working with communities on the ground,
With a prize fund of €5,000, the competition attracts significant interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers every year. There are five categories in the competition including Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People and the Coast, Wildlife and the Coast and Underwater.
Last year’s competition received approximately 1,000 entries and the 50 best shots were shortlisted for the final exhibition that was held in October 2018, in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre including 17 photos taken all across the Leinster coastal area. Photographer Derek Balfe was awarded the ‘Photographer of the Year’ award, with its ‘Drumanagh Under the Stars’, taken at Loughshinny, Dublin and was also the overall winner of the ‘Coastal Heritage Category.
For more information about the competition, visit www.cleancoasts.org.
Christopher Howes’ prize-winning photo.