Wild response to photo competition

Simon Brouder

A PHOTOGRAPHY competition organised by Tralee Chamber Alliance to promote Tralee's place on the Wild Atlantic Way has had an overwhelming response with over 500 photographs submitted by amateur and professional photographers.

The contest was organised to find images of Tralee and its surrounding areas which will be used on a promotional brochure highlighting as a premiere destination on the newly created Wild Atlantic Way west coast tourist route.

Over 500 photographs portraying the heritage, culture and beauty of the region were submitted and so overwhelming was the response it took the judges nearly a month to decide on the top 20 photos.

A sunset over Fenit Lighthouse by Kirk Kelly was chosen as the best amateur photograph while a picture of horse racing on Ballyheigue Beach by Domnick Walsh was regarded as the best professional shot.

As well as appearing the promotional brochure a selection of the best entries will feature in the Wild Atlantic Way Exhibition which will be staged in the refurbished offices at 13 and 14 Denny Street, Tralee (the former AIB Bank premises) for ten days from this Friday evening.

Each of the shortlisted photographs will feature daily on the Tralee Chamber Alliance Facebook Page and on www.tralee.ie from Friday.

Tralee Chamber Alliance CEO Kieran Ruttledge said the competition caught the imagination of the general public.

"Hundreds of people made the effort to go out and capture some breath-taking images of the various locations in Tralee Bay from Ballyheigue to the Maharees. All the images portray the heritage, culture and beauty of the region and we are looking forward to showcasing the cream of the crop to a local audience at our exhibition in Tralee. Ultimately, the photos will feature in a leaflet aimed at promoting Tralee Bay as a destination for tourists travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way," he said.

"Tralee is one of the few Kerry towns that has been selected by Fáilte Ireland as a destination along the Wild Atlantic Way providing us with a wonderful opportunity to reach new customers. Tralee Bay is a jewel on the longest defined coastal touring route in the world, and Tralee Chamber Alliance is proud to promote such a gem," said Kieran Ruttledge.

The competition was supported by CH Chemists who provided a Fuji Film XP30 camera as a prize for the amateur section and sponsored the reproduction of all the photographs that will feature in the exhibition. Manor West Hotel provided a weekend break and dinner for two for the winning professional photographer.

The Wild Atlantic Way Exhibition will run from September 20 to 30 and is open to the public from 12pm to 4.30pm. Admission is free.


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