09 Aug 2022

'Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens to Carlow photographers for its 13th year!

'Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens to Carlow photographers for its 13th year!

Last year's winner 'Let Me Out' by Declan Roche

The Love Your Coast competition asks for amateur photographers to capture and celebrate the uniqueness of our coastal communities, environments, or waterways such as its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, epic cliff faces, and raging rivers.    

While Ireland has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world there is no doubt that the rivers, lakes and waterways of Carlow deserve to be photographed in all of their beauty.

People in Carlow are encouraged to pick up their cameras and explore what Carlow has to offer this summer, or, embrace the warmer months and travel out to your nearest beach to capture a snapshot!

Last Year, 15 images scored top places in the competition with Declan Roche’s image from the Wildlife and Underwater category, entitled Let Me Out (taken at the Wexford Harbour Quayfront in Co. Wexford) winning the overall Love Your Coast title for 2021. 

Photographers have until 9am on Monday August 29, 2022, to submit their best images in one of five categories to be in with the chance to win a prize fund of €5,000 across all categories. 

The categories for this year include:

1.    Wildlife and Underwater

2.    Coastal Landscape 

3.    People and the Coast   

4.    Coastal Heritage   

5.    Creativity and the Coast  

Each year Love Your Coast draws in a large amount of interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers, coastal enthusiasts, and conservation and biodiversity-minded. Clean Coasts have ensured there is a diverse range of categories so there truly is something for everyone!  

Photographers are encouraged to explore new and different methods and angles in capturing the coastal regions and wildlife and would discourage photographing of locations and species that have been heavily submitted in previous years. 

Working with communities on the ground, Clean Coasts’ mission is to help foster pride in our coastline, supporting Clean Coasts communities, groups, and volunteers to tackle issues affecting their local area.

 This competition provides an opportunity to view the coast and our waterways that the Clean Coasts programme works to protect from a completely different perspective and see the beauty captured therein.   

Clean Coasts' manager Sinead McCoy stated:

“The Clean Coasts programme works with communities and supports them in their efforts to protect our coastline. What the Love Your Coast Photography competition does is augment this work by showcasing our breathtaking coastline which helps foster and inspire both the public and communities to protect it into the future." 

Visit the website here to find out more about the competition and how to enter.

Be sure to head to the Exposure page here to see a gallery of all the shortlisted top 10 images from 2021.

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