Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on 31st October in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2. Micheal John O’Mahony, Director of the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, presented the prizes to the winning photographers.
Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastline in the world. Now in its eight year, Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Competition is all about capturing the essence of the Irish coast – its extensive beauty and diverse character.
The beautiful coastline of North County Dublin was not forgotten, as one of the shortlisted entries is a picture of Rockabill, called Storm Brewing.
Clean Coasts works with communities on the ground to help foster pride in our coastline and we look forward to seeing this reflected in the entries.
Clean Coasts launched the Love Your Coast Photography Competition in May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000, it attracted huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. There are five categories in the competition; Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater.
The difficult task of judging this year’s competition was undertaken by Ken O’Sullivan – Documentary Filmmaker, Naoise Culhane – Professional Photographer, Brenda Fitsimmons – Irish Times, Keith O’Hara – InstaIreland, Micheal John O’Mahony – Director, Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce, Philip O’Donovan – Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Eoin McDonnell – Failte Ireland.
Clean Coasts would like to wish huge congratulations to Gino Perfetti for taking home ‘Photograph of the Year 2017’ Award for his image ‘Withstanding the Storm’.
Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manger, spoke of the awards, “The images submitted to the Love Your Coast Awards this year was of an extremely high standard and illustrating the vast character of our coastline from Fanad in Donegal to the Skelligs in Kerry, from dolphins to surfers and from families enjoying a day out at the beach to dramatic seascapes, these photographs truly captured the essence of the Irish Coastline.”