Through the eye of a lens: a country for all seasons
THE shiny, clean lines of a nocturnal urban landscape beat more traditional scenes of rural idylls and dramatic seascapes in an amateur tourist photography competition yesterday.
'Dublin by Night', which captured the base of The Spire, gently illuminated amid the lights of O'Connell Street at 4am, was awarded the top prize at this year's GoIreland.com Photography Awards.
Other images that made the final cut of 12 included a spellbinding image of Roches Point in Co Cork with the setting sun reflected on the quayside cottages; an utterly calm Kinvara Harbour in Co Galway and another capturing the early morning sun on Blennerville Mill, outside Tralee, Co Kerry.
The winning shots will be featured in a John Hinde calendar.
German and British tourists joined entrants from all over the country in submitting thousands of photographs, with their interpretation of the theme 'The beauty of Ireland's villages, towns and cities'.
Winner Bernard O'Sullivan, from Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, said he thought "someone was pulling my leg" when he got the email telling him he had won and he almost deleted it as spam.
Mr O'Sullivan, who has just set up his own photography business at www.bosphotography.net, is the son of a Cork woman and a Norwegian sailor and taking photographs is his passion.
"It made my day when I won the competition. It was the first one I ever entered," he said, adding that he took the winning shot during a six-hour walkabout around the capital.
The GoIreland.com competition, held in association with John Hinde ireland, highlights Ireland and its tourism qualities using a different theme each year.
Local holidaymakers and tourists can now submit photographs that capture a personal view of Ireland, using the theme 'An Eye for Ireland'.
The overall winner will receive an award-winning Olympus E-PL1 digital camera and the top 12 photographs will be reproduced as an original John Hinde calendar. The closing date for entries is Wednesday, December 15, at 5pm.
Fore more details, or to view this year's winners, see www.goireland.com/photos.