With almost 150 entries, our judges were overwhelmed and delighted with the level of interest in this year's Biodiversity Photography Competition.
Traditionally held in spring/summer, the annual competition was moved to October this year in order to increase our engagement with the beautiful variety of nature still evident in our urban village in this season.
Entrants were asked to submit photos taken in the Phibsborough area during the month of October in three categories: Native Animals & Birds, Native Trees & Plants and Insects.
It was a very difficult decision for our judges, given the variety and high quality of the photos received, but the winners have been selected as follows:
For her photo of a heron perched on a chimney near Blessington Basin, Alina Stan has been chosen as the winner of the Native Animals and Birds category;
'Super shot, well exposed to keep the sky nice and blue and the Heron properly exposed and pin sharp. Unusual angle adds to the image'
This stunning photo of a poppy in bud at Royal Canal Bank makes Éva Orban the winner of the Native Trees and Plants category;
'Lovely image, great composition, sharp in all the right places. Nice pop of red among the green'
And last but not least, the winner of the Insects category is Paul Carton, with his photo of an Earwig in Blessington Basin.
'Great macro shot of this insect, sharp and in focus, well done'
We will be contacting the lucky winners in the coming days to arrange to present them with their category prizes of €100 each.
Thanks to King’s Inns for offering to sponsor the photographic competition. King’s Inns is the oldest law school in Ireland and provides a variety of courses for lawyers and non-lawyers, including an Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law that is currently accepting applications. Find more information on King’s Inns website.
A very special thanks also goes to our guest judge, Robert Keogh of Dublin Camera Club, who generously shared his time and expertise. We will be sharing his feedback to other shortlisted competition entrants in the coming weeks.