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Environmental Science Association of Ireland 2013 Photography Competition


The theme of the 2013 ESAI Photography competition was “Future Environment” and was opened to all amateur photographers on the 9th July 2013

1st place

1st Prize: “Gentle Giants”, Wexford - John O’Neil

The winning photograph was taken by Mr. John O’Neil from Co. Waterford and entitled “Gentle Giants”. He will receive a framed copy of his photograph together with a €200 One4all voucher, kindly sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork.

The winning photograph was taken by Mr. John O’Neil from Co. Waterford and entitled “Gentle Giants”. He will receive a framed copy of his photograph together with a €200 One4all voucher, kindly sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork.

second place

2nd Prize: “Urban Sprawl Never Sleeps”, London Docklands – Simon Bluett

The two runners up in the competition, “Urban sprawl never sleeps” by Simon Bluett, Kilkenny, and “Pollinating our future energy for a cleaner environment” by Richard Lally, Kildare both received a €50 One4all voucher and a one year membership to the ESAI. Photographs were judged on picture quality, composition, and appropriateness of caption.

third place

3rd Prize: “Pollinating our future energy for a cleaner Environment”, Oak Park, Carlow – Richard Lally

The winning photographs will be displayed in the Photo Competition Gallery section of the ESAI website at www.esaiweb.org/gallery/photo-competition and will be on display at the ESAI annual conference, Environ 2014, 24th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, 26th-28th February 2014.

Many thanks also for the assistance of the photography competition judge, Nutan. He has a long established reputation in photographic journalism.He is a member of Rapho , the Paris based photographer's agency, representing Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Hans Sylvester, and a handful of other creative photographers. Based in the West of Ireland for the last thirty five years, he is the author of many books: " Blooming Meadows, the world of Irish Traditional Musicians", " L'Enfant et la sorcière ", " L'Eternel Irlandais", " The Islands of Ireland", etc

He has photographed editorials for most of the world's photo orientated magazines, such as National Geographic, Times, Newsweek, Airone, Stern, Geo, The Observer Magazine, and had many photographic exhibitions hosted here and abroad.

Nowadays, he mainly photographs nature and spends most of his time painting from his studio in the Burren. See www.nutan.ie for examples of his work.

The 2014 competition title and entry requirements will be announced in late Spring 2014. Watch this space!

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