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Tacumshane Windmill by Michael Mroz

Tacumshane Windmill by Michael Mroz

At the prizegiving for the Visit Wexford photographic competition in Clayton Whites Hotel (from left) back, Graham Murphy, Sarah Sinnott, Carol Hughes, Betty O’Brien, Royston Palmer (3rd), Aaron O’Reilly, Mary Mangru and Adrian Antos; front, Colm Neville (Visit Wexford Chairman), Lee Robinson (2nd), Michael Mroz (winner) and Billy Dunne (Wexford County Council)

At the prizegiving for the Visit Wexford photographic competition in Clayton Whites Hotel (from left) back, Graham Murphy, Sarah Sinnott, Carol Hughes, Betty O’Brien, Royston Palmer (3rd), Aaron O’Reilly, Mary Mangru and Adrian Antos; front, Colm Neville (Visit Wexford Chairman), Lee Robinson (2nd), Michael Mroz (winner) and Billy Dunne (Wexford County Council)

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Tacumshane Windmill by Michael Mroz

Scenic Wexford is captured in all its glory through the lens of photographers who entered a competition organised by the Visit Wexford campaign.

The competition invited amateur and professional photographers to submit photos in four categories: Adventure, Historic, Holiday Experience and Natural Landscapes.

Almost 270 enthusiasts from all over the country entered photos and 20 finalists were shortlisted to attend an awards night in Clayton Whites Hotel.

The judges were Colm Neville of the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy; Billy Byrne of Visit Wexford, Eimear Dunne of Clayton Whites Hotel and the photographer John Timmons.

'We were overwhelmed by the extremely high standard of the entries', said Mr. Neville.

'From images of coloured skies over Wexford town to sunsets near Galbally, we had an very diffucult job tonight choosing a winner', he said.

'The fact that we received entries from the length and breadth of the country demonstrates what Wexford means to people - a multi-faceted place with a truly unique and special range of scenic locations that were captured so beautifully by the camera and will always be treasured in our county'.

'We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Clayton Whites Hotel and all the other sponsors who donated prizes for tonight's awards. Without their support, tonight's event would not have been possible'.

All the photographs in the competiiton will be used and re-used to promote Wexford, with camera enthusiasts encouraged to continue submitting photographs to hellow@visitwexford.ie for tourism promotion.

The finalists were Aaron O'Reilly (Kilmore Beach Sunset, Dunbrody Abbey and Raven Point); Adrian Antos (Mimes from Wexford St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019), Betty O' Brien (Saltee Islands and Seaview, Saltee Islands), Carol Hughes (Johnstown Castle), Graham Murphy (Early Morning in Wexford and Hook Peninsula), Lee Robinson (Capturing the Amazing Coloured Sky over Wexford Town and Waves Rising Above the Rocks at Hook Head), Louise Mooney (Sun Over Saltee Islands), Marie McCormack (Kilmannon church and graveyard on an autumn evening), Mary O'Neill-Mangru (Great Saltee), Michal Mroz (Tacumshane Windmill), Pawel Zygmunt (Hook Lighthouse), Royston Palmer (Star Trail Above Dunbrody Abbey), Sarah Sinnott (Sunset Near Galbally), Todor Tilev (Hook Lighthouse and Johnstown Castle Gardens).

Michal Mroz was announced as the winner with his photograph of Tacumshane Windmillwith Lee Robinson's picture of the sky over Wexford town in second place and Royston Palmer in third place with his photo 'Star Trail over Dunbrody Abbey'.

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