24 hours in Ireland: Your chance to capture a moment that will be remembered for generations
Published 11/04/2016 | 17:24
100 years ago there were very few photos taken on the opening day of the 1916 Rising.
Since cameras and technology were nowhere near as advanced as they are now, photographers were not able to capture the first day rebels took over the GPO, according to Independent Archives' Michael Hinch.
"There are one or two photos in private collections of the Proclamation being read, but there's nothing else," he said.
"Unlike today, where we have long-range lenses, in those days they had heavy box cameras which needed a minute's exposure. No one was going to hang around that long, in case they got shot.
"On our records, we only have the immediate aftermath of the Rising and the week afterwards."
A century on, you can help create an archive from the anniversary of that seminal event.
Sunday, April 24, marks the 100th anniversary to the day of the start of the Rising, which sparked the birth of the nation.
As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, the Irish Independent and Independent.ie are inviting Irish people at home and around the world to capture this historic 24 hours in time from 12 noon on Sunday, April 24 to 12 noon on Monday, April 25.
The most captivating images will appear in a commemorative magazine, which will be published in the Irish Independent on Saturday, May 7.
Plus, a wider selection of images will appear in a commemorative gallery on Independent.ie as a digital record for future generations.
Running from 12 noon to 12 noon allows every aspect of Irish life to be covered.
Photos can be of anything within that 24-hour period, from sitting down to Sunday dinner to taking a walk with your family; from going to work to learning at school; from relaxing at home to working hard.
The object of the exercise is to capture life as it happens as normal in this 24-hour period.
And the emigrant community abroad are specifically included to allow those making their life away from home to be part of this commemoration.
There are some simple steps to get the most out of your mobile phone's camera, according to INM Staff Photographer Gerry Mooney.
- Wipe the camera lens with a cloth to ensure it's clean and not smudged.
- Always take your photos in landscape mode.
- Hold the camera steady to avoid bluriness.
- Give the camera a second to take the photo. Don't move straight after pressing buttom.
- Use the camera's flash feature to eliminate shadows.
- Make the sure the camera is level and not tilted to one side.
How you can submit your pictures on the day
Email your photo to email@example.com
24 Hours in Ireland 2016,
PO Box 11,
27-32 Talbot St.,
Terms and conditions apply. Full details will be available at www.independent.ie/24hoursireland2016 on April 24th.