‘Keep Well’ photo competition winners

By Dan Walsh

During the last Covid-19 lockdown Wexford Libraries launched the ‘Keep Well Photo Competition’ and the people of Wexford were asked to take photos that showed who or what was helping them. The organisers were looking for images that would lift our spirits and the photos could include people, places and activities if they were taken somewhere in Co. Wexford.

There were 318 entries. These were shortlisted to 20 and the top 3 were voted on by the public. Three judges were then engaged to place these in order. The judges were Paul Finnegan, Chair Visit Wexford, Dr. Denise Rogers Acting Principal Psychology Manager, Wexford Mental Health Services, HSE and Philip Knight, Wexford Local Authorities Photographic Society. The judges put the photos in the following order:

THE WINNER; Tintern With a Twist by DANIEL STENNING

First place: Tintern with a Twist by Daniel. Stenning. Daniel Stenning, who lives in Taghmon, was delighted to win first prize with his striking photo Tintern with a Twist.  He said; “The picture I took was just a spur of the moment thing, my brother and I were out on our kayaks. As we travelled under the bridge in Tintern, I noticed the shape of the small arch was the same shape as the front of the kayak. I took a few different shots but did not know if I had taken a good one. I checked later that evening and luckily, I had one that had the right shape to it. I was delighted to get into the top three nominations, and even more so that I was chosen as the winner.”

SECOND PLACE; Sunrise by Patricia Murphy

Second place: Sunrise by Patricia Murphy. Patricia Murphy, who won second place with her photo Sunrise, lives in Oulart, and is a paediatric nurse in Wexford General Hospital. She was driving home after night duty and notice the amazing colours in the sky. She pulled over at Ferrybank and captured her beautiful photo.

THIRD PLACE; Otter Pups by JOHN NUNN

Third place: Otter Pups by John Nunn. John Nunn, who came third with his captivating photo Otter Pups, has lived in Kilmore Quay for 32 years. John was aware of adult otters in the locality, but he had never been lucky enough to see otter pups. He said; “It was a case of being in the right place at the right time and I was fortunate to be able to frame them with the Saltee Islands in the background.”

They were presented with their prizes by Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council and County Librarian Eileen Morrissey on Thursday evening in Wexford Branch Library. The winners won fabulous Taste Wexford Hampers and Taste Wexford Boxes.

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