Cap­tur­ing the coast’s beauty

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

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.clean­

Christo­pher Howes’ prize-win­ning photo.

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