Two Donegal photographers are enjoying the spotlight this week in a major competition.
Stunning pictures taken by Donal Kearney from Buncrana and Emer O’Shea from Ballyshannon are currently in first and second place respectively in the Donegal category of the LookWest.ie Fine Things photography competition.
More than 700 entries were received before the July 18 deadline and both Donal’s evocative image of a young boy gazing out towards the horizon and Emer’s thrilling picture of a paraglider over Tullan Strand were quickly among the ten short-listed for Donegal.
In fact, Emer has a total of five images shortlisted, her photo a Lough Melvin sunset is currently second in the Leitrim category and her picture of a group of nuns setting out to climb a mist-laden Croagh Patrick is currently third in the Mayo category.
Galway photographer, David Ruffles, a member of the judging panel, said the quality of the entries is exceptionally high. “I was very impressed not only with the technical competence of the photographs but also with the breadth of subject matter. The collection of photographs shows us not only the topography of the west of Ireland but also a glimpse of how people live.”
Voting continues apace on facebook, until August 1, when the winners will be announced.
Prizes include an overall prize of a two night break for four at the stunning Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong, Co Mayo.
County prizes for all seven western counties include a weekend pass for two to ‘A Taste of Donegal’ food festival, lunch at the sublime Shells Seaside Bakery & Cafe in Strandhill, Co Sligo with a signed copy of their fantastic new cookbook the Surf Café Cookbook, a weekend for family of 4 at McGuire’s Irish Cottages, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim, a ‘Ride to the Reek’ cycling day trip for 2 with Electric Escapes Tours, Westport, a fabulous original artwork by award-winning textile artist Frances Crowe from Grange Co Roscommon and a a mouth watering hamper from the Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.
Some lucky voters will also be rewarded with prizes including a Hawk Walk at the Aillwee Cave and the Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Co Clare and a wonderful day’s bike hire for two adults for Great Western Greenway with Clew Bay Bike Hire, Westport, Co.Mayo.
To vote, simply go to the LookWest.ie Fine Things facebook page.