MulkearLIFE was overwhelmed by the sheer volume and standard of entries received in the project’s Amateur Photo Competition -’Exploring Biodiversity In the Lower Shannon’. The project would like to thank all who entered.
Given the fact that hundreds of entries were received, it was an extremely difficult job to select the winning images. The judging panel was extremely pleased with the overall quality of the images submitted, especially those in the ‘Young Adult’ category.
The prize giving ceremony was attended by a very large crowd including Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan TD and Minister of Finance Michael Noonan TD. The event formed part of MulkearLIFE’s LIFE @ 20 celebrations in Annacotty and the project was delighted that five of the six winners were on hand to collect their prizes.
Minister Michael Noonan TD, with five of the six winners.
The following is the full listing of winning images in both the Young Adult (under 18) and Adult category. A selection of additional images, both those Highly Commended and those images which were of significant merit will be uploaded on a seperate webpage.
1st Place Prize Winner in the Adults category and the Overall Photo Competition Winner was an image entitled "Smiling Bottlenose Dolphin".
Smiling Bottlenose Dolphin – Shannon Estuary (Image: Rachel Crowley)
The image was taken in the Shannon Estuary by Ms. Rachel Crowley, from Galway. It is an extremely unusual pose for a dolphin. The judging panel felt the pose captured by Ms. Crowley and the overall quality of the image sealed it as the winner. Ms. Crowley received a new camera valued at over €500, a camera case and 4GB card. In addition, Ms. Crowley wins a day’s wildlife photography training with a leading professional wildlife and nature photographer Mr. John Murphy. Mr. Murphy was a member of the judging panel.
Ms. Rachel Crowley being presented with her 1st prize gift by Ruairí Ó Conchúir
The 2nd Place Winner with an image taken by Michael (Mick) Flanagan. The image is a wonderful shot taken along the Shannon of a curlew.
Curley, Shannon Estuary (Image: Michael (Mick) Flanagan)
The light, sharpness and subject matter of the image was commended by the judging panel.
2nd Place Winner (adults) Michael Flanagan explains his image.
The 3rd Place Winner in the adult category was a stunning image entitled ‘Spawn Watch’ taken by Joan O’ Neill from Bunratty. The image captures a spawning common frog.
3rd Place Winner ‘Spawn Watch’ taken by Joan O’ Neill
In the Young Adults category, the 1st Place prize went to Kayleigh Berry from Annacotty with a wonderful image entitled "Carved Tree Trunk".
1st Place Winner (Young Adults), Carved Seat in Tree Trunk, UL (Image: Kayleigh Berry)
The image was taken by Kayleigh while out walking in the University of Limerick, in the Plassey area. The image is a carved tree trunk in the form of a chair, symbolising the human life form amidst wildlife and nature at the edge of the river.
Local photographer Lette Molonley presenting Kayleigh Berry with her prize
The 2nd Place Winner (Young Adults) was Aishling Power from Cappamore with a lovely image entitled ‘Catch of the Day’.
2nd Place Winner, Aishling Power ‘Catch of the Day’ (Image: Aishling Power)
The 3rd Place Winner (Young Adults) was Eleanor Leonne Bennett with a delightful image ‘Share a Lift Home’, of two snails.
3rd Place, Eleanor Bennett ‘Share a Lift Home’ (Image: Eleanor Bennett)
The Minister of Finance Mr. Michael Noonan TD, was on hand to view the photo exhibition of all the winning entries and a selection of other images including those images highly commended.
Aishling Power showing Minister Noonan her image with Veronica Walsh
The winning images have been printed in this week’s Limerick Leader. MulkearLIFE offers its congratulations to all winners and to all who took part in this exciting competition.