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02 Jul 2022

Clean Coasts’ annual ‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens submissions to Leitrim photographers

Clean Coasts’ annual ‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens submissions to Leitrim photographers

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. 

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.    

Leitrim has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and we want to encourage people to get out their cameras this summer as they explore the Irish coast and capture its beauty.

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 9 am on Monday the 29th of August 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 Coast 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 breath-taking coastline which helps foster and inspires both the public and communities to protect it into the future." 

Visit our website  to find out more about the competition and how to enter at: https://cleancoasts.org/our-initiatives/love-your-coast/ 

Be sure to head to our Exposure page to see a gallery of all the shortlisted top 10 images from 2021: https://cleancoasts.exposure.co/love-your-coast-2021 

  

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