Longford County Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy, Cllr Peggy Nolan and local photographer Shelley Corcoran.
Longford County Arts Office is delighted to announce details of its exciting new Longford Landscape Photography Competition.
Cllr Peggy Nolan recently suggested to Longford County Arts Office that the extensive reservoir of photography talent in the county be recognised for the way they capture the natural and unspoiled beauty of the Longford countryside, its towns and villages.
County Arts Officer Ferguse Kennedy didn't hesitate to jump on board with the idea, saying that the people of Longford are lucky to live in what the late environmentalist Dick Warner described as “the last great wilderness in Western Europe”.
“We are also blessed with a huge number of amateur and professional photographers in the county,” said Mr Kennedy.
“Bearing in mind that over five hundred enthusiastic photographers from around the region availed of the courses provided by the Midlands College of Photography a number of years ago.”
Through combining these two great assets, the County Arts Office has decided to launch Longford Landscapes, a photographic competition culminating in an exhibition in May 2019.
Longford County Council is providing generous prize money - €750 plus a framed citation for the winning entry with a further €350 plus framed citations for the two runners up.
The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers. Emphasis will be given by the adjudicators to photographs that capture the beauty of our towns, villages and countryside in a new and refreshing way.
“When one thinks of the beauty of Longford’s Mall or the villages of Newtowncashel, Abbeyshrule or Ardagh it is easy to appreciate the variety and scope for great photographs,” said Mr Kennedy.
“Photographs need not have been taken specifically for this competition as we are aware that photographers may have gems stored away in boxes or on hard drives. It is only necessary that the images are original, be by the photographer and have been taken in County Longford.”
To learn more about the competition and how to enter log on to: Longford Landscapes at www.longforddigitalarts.ie.