Photo island Nature's best is captured on film
HE couldn't have captured these prize-winning images without the help of his family.
Engineer and father-of-three John Gorman (41), from Monaleen, Co Limerick, won the top honour in the adult category of the National Heritage Week Photography Competition with 'Crab and blue bucket'.
He took the shot on a family holiday this summer at Ballinskelligs Beach in Co Kerry.
Mr Gorman said his daughter Eimer (8) deserved equal credit for the striking photo after she found the crab on the beach and brought it over to him in her sand bucket.
The judging committee said the image of the crab captured a typical Irish seaside and demonstrated "great texture, movement and personality."
He was also named the runner-up for his photo entitled 'Family having picnic along seaside road'.
Again he credits his family, including his wife Angela and their three children, Sean (10), Eimer and Sinead (6), whom he photographed having a break at the same beach.
His entry was among 1,300 received by the Heritage Council for the competition celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity. Entrants were encouraged to submit photos that captured the beauty of nature.
Runner-up in the adult section was Dubliner Natalie Byrne for her picture, 'Birds on a wire'.
Ciara McCabe (17), from Co Sligo, won first prize in the youth category for her photograph of a damselfly on a finger, which the judges said portrayed the trust between the human and fly.
Sofia Fox (7), from Dublin, won the junior category for under-12s for her image of her sister Eleanor holding a water lily leaf and snail. Judges said it showed the genuine glee and slight trepidation of discovering wildlife.