The magnificent green and blue spaces of Galway City have been beautifully captured in over 120 photographs submitted to the Galway City Council Children’s Nature Photography Competition during the final weeks of 2020 and the first month of 2021. The competition aimed to capture any biodiversity, nature or local blue and green spaces that the young people of Galway had taken to their hearts within their 5km limit.
Environmental Awareness Officer for Galway City Council said:
‘’Getting outdoors is incredibly important for people of all ages at this time and this competition gave young people a great reason to get out and explore, photograph and build an appreciation of the nature in their local area. While there are many scenic locations worth capturing in Galway City - such as our parks and beaches - everyday animals, plants and insects can also make for great photography too.
“The environment team in Galway City Council were blown away by the high standards of photography in this competition. The young people of Galway gave us a snap shot of what is important to them and why we should nurture and protect our biodiversity in the city.’’
Rhys Morgans, 10, took the winning photograph of a black-headed gull gliding on the surface of Rusheen Bay. In his entry description he added that he thinks nature is import in Galway City because ‘’plants and animals are vital to the environment’’.
Winner: Rhys Margans, Age 10
The overall winner receives a prize of a €50 One4all voucher and 4 runners up receive prizes of €20 One4all vouchers.
Runner-up: Ada Jennings, Age 7
Runner-up: Cormac Lynch, Age 10
Runner-up: Darragh McGovern, Age 11
Runner-up: Oran Lynch, Age 8
A selection of the photographs will be exhibited in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre in the coming weeks as part of the Creative Ireland ‘Turning Galway into an Exhibition’ initiative.