‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens

‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens


Ivan Donoghue, Jellyfish and Diver, Aran Islands, Co Galway

Clean Coasts’ 12th annual Love Your Coast photography competition is now open for entries.

Capture the uniqueness of our coastal communities, environments, or waterways and you have till 9 am on the 30th August 2021 to submit your best images.

Clean Coasts’  12th annual Love Your Coast photography competition is now open for entries. Capture the uniqueness of our coastal communities, environments, or waterways and you have till 9 am on the 30th August 2021 to submit your best images. Last year’s overall competition winning image “Jellyfish and Diver” submitted by Ivan Donoghue was taken off the Aran Island in Co Galway.

With some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, make sure you bring your camera as you explore the Irish coast this summer and capture its beauty. There is a prize fund of €5,000, up for grabs across five categories: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and finally we are delighted to introduce our new category Creativity and the Coast.

The competition receives thousands of entries that fit happily into our existing categories, but we also receive pictures that transcend categories or labels and are simply stunning pieces of art in their own right. We want to take the opportunity to facilitate the creatives amongst us to showcase their capacity to create beauty and joy with this new category.

Garr Cleary, Low Tide, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Every year this competition draws a large amount of interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers, coastal enthusiasts, and the conservation-minded. There is a diverse range of categories ensuring there is something for everyone.

This year across all the categories our Judges are also encouraging photographers to explore new 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. The Love Your Coast competition aims to celebrate Ireland’s diverse waters by capturing its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, epic cliff faces, and raging rivers.

The competition is being launched tonight with an online event “Behind the Lens – A Photographer’s Perspective” hosting some of its top photographers over the years in conservation and chat about some of their top submissions and the stories behind them.

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.

Visit Clean Coasts to find out more about the competition and how to enter.