Anna O’Rourke from Greystones was last Thursday announced as winner of TheJournal.ie and Canon Ireland’s amateur photography competition. The competition was open to photography enthusiasts around Ireland and the aim was to help budding photographers to take their work to the next level and showcase their portfolio on the popular news site. Anna was chosen as the winner out of a shortlist of three finalists at an exhibition and announcement event in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery on Thursday 10th September.
Entrants were tasked with capturing the essence of their home town or county, showing a unique insight into their area that may not have been seen before. Anna focussed on the scenic views and nature of her local area in Greystones and succeeded in capturing the attention of competition judges Dave McKane, principal of the Institute of Photography, and Jonothan Sultan, marketing manager at Canon Ireland. Anna captured a series of 5 photos in black and white using both an EOS 750D DSLR Camera and the PowerShot SX710 Compact Camera and these images were exhibited for guests at the event. Anna has won a Canon 750 DSLR camera, a Selphy CP910 compact photo printer and a half-day DSLR training course and the runners up Linda Foley (Donabate, Dublin) and Dervilla Keggan (Manorhamilton, Leitrim) have both won Selphy CP910 compact photo printers.
Commenting, Jonothan Sultan, Marketing Manager of Canon Ireland “We are delighted to announce Anna as the winner of our amateur photography competition. At Canon we are all about the power of the image, and all finalists managed to capture the true essence of their hometown using the Canon Cameras provided. We’re all photographers nowadays, reaching for the smartphone for a quick pic, but competitions like this show off the true skill and talent of photographers in Ireland, as well as the detail that can only be captured using quality cameras. It’s great to be able to give the finalists a platform for their careers and both ourselves and The Journal have been thrilled with the response.”
The work of all three finalists will be showcased in the Teeling Distillery for a number of weeks.