Cork photographers celebrated in this year’s Clean Coast photography competition
The winner of the 12th annual Clean Coast’s Love Your Coast photography competition were announced today in a virtual ceremony.
This year two Cork photographers bagged themselves top places in two categories.
Michael Goulding won third place in the category Coastal Landscape for his image entitled Epic, taken on Mizen Head in County Cork.
Cork photographer, John Hall scored second place in a new category called Creativity and the Coast for his photo entitled Foggy Morning at Scilly, Kinsale, taken in Scilly, Kinsale, Co. Cork.
The Love Your Coast competition is an integral part of the Clean Coasts programme and aims to celebrate the most spectacular and diverse coastlines across the world.
The competition had a prize fund of €5,000 for the amateur photographers competing in five categories: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and the introduction of a brand-new Love Your Coast Category for 2021, Creativity and the Coast.
A photo titled A seashell found on the Garryvoe beach in Cork by Marcela Gleixner was also shortlisted within the top 10 images for the Creativity and the Coast category.
Breaching Common Dolphin taken in Reen Pier, Union Hall, Co. Cork by Dan Lettice and My Bubble taken in Barlogue, Baltimore, Co. Cork by Derek Bolton were among the top 10 photographers in the Wildlife and Underwater Category.
Lastly David Keeley with his Clontarf Bridge taken at Cork Harbour was one of the top 10 photographers for the Coastal Heritage Category.
Michael John O’Mahony, director of the Environmental Education Unit said:
“This is the 12th year of the competition and it has been very successful and very well received and we have seen some of the most amazing photographs of our coast over the last number of years. This is more than just a photography competition: we are an island nation and our coast and marine environment are incredibly important to us. Clean Coasts has almost 2,000 volunteer groups who are doing amazing work when it comes to managing and protecting our marine environment, so these photographs are a way for everybody to appreciate and celebrate our coast and be inspired to get involved too.”