Wednesday 28 January 2015

Pretty as a picture: Dingle is voted 'most photogenic'

Published 03/03/2014 | 02:30

The winning picture in the global Photo Shelter competition taken at Killmey, Dingle, Co Kerry. Picture: Great Island Photography
Racing action on the beach in Beal Ban, Ballyferriter, west of Dingle, Co Kerry. Picture: Marian O'Flaherty
An eagle owl in Dingle, Co Kerry. Picture: Don MacMonagle
Gillian O Brien, Edel Lovett, Mary Theresa Griffin and Sile Dorgan competing in the Dingle Regatta.
Dunquin, Dingle, Co. Kerry...This is an iconic location, the view down the slip road to the harbour at Dunquin (Dún Chaoin), at the tip of the Dingle peninsula. From here you can catch the boat to the Blasket Islands. Picture: Peter Cox

THE Dingle Peninsula has been voted the best place in the world to photograph, beating off competition from other world-renowned sites including the Galapagos, the Grand Canyon and the Seychelles.

Ireland topped the list of places to shoot when 24 professional photographers from around the world entered their work. International photography fan site Photo Shelter listed shots from exotic and tropical locations to barren and urban ones – but the Kingdom topped the poll.

"The Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry, Ireland, can very reasonably be considered one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth," said the international website.

"Known for its spectacular rolling green hills," the competition described it as a "finger of land reaching west."

The award-winning shot was taken by American company Great Island Photography. Kerry's reputation as a movie location also gets a mention: "The remote wild beauty of Dingle has been a compelling feature in such Hollywood films as 'Ryan's Daughter' and 'Far and Away'."

Next in line was an iconic car shot in Havana, Cuba, followed by a sandstone "Wave" in Arizona.

Geyser National Park in Iceland was also in the top 24, as was a beach in Fiji and the Southern Alps in New Zealand. Ireland's winning shot was of a detached cottage in a large green field at the foot of mountains.

Irish Independent

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