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Reek looms large in photography entries

Awards

Photography Winners
Edwin McGreal

Unsurprisingly Croagh Patrick was the focus of several entries to the photography category and pictures of Mayo’s holy mountain took first place in the National School and Secondary School categories.
But it was a photograph much more off the beaten path that claimed the laurels in the extremely competitive Adult category. Dublin-based photographer Pawel Zygmunt took the honours for a stunning shot of a corry lake in Achill.
The photography judges were esteemed Mayo professional photographers, Michael McLaughlin, Alison Laredo and Frank Dolan.
“The national school standard was really high. Many national school entries would have been well able to compete at secondary school level,” said Michael McLaughlin. “The standard of the adult category was very high and took a bit of deliberation. The theme of the competition – what Mayo means to me – was central to our decisions.
“It was a very high standard and you can absolutely tell that these pictures were taken in Mayo and not, for instance, Roscommon,” added Alison Laredo.
“We judged every picture and I’d like to thank people for the effort they put into it and to the teachers in the schools for assisting pupils,” said Frank Dolan.

Adult winner
While there were some very tight calls, the judges were all of one mind when it came to the winner of the Adult section, Pawel Zygmunt’s shot of a corry lake in Achill.
“It is not a typical landscape. It is excellently executed and feels very natural. There’s lovely colours in the sky. You cannot look past this photographer,” said Michael McLaughlin.
The Merit winners (runners-up) in the Adult category were, in alphabetical order: Brian Joyce, Owenwee, Westport; Martin McIntyre, Roscahill, Kilmeena; Elizabeth Parsons, Cloongowla, Ballinrobe; Michael Reynolds, Drummindoo, Westport.

Peaks of the Reek
The Secondary School winner was Jason Gibbons from Liscarney, Westport, for his superbly shot photograph with Croagh Patrick in the background and some quaint stone walls and thistles in the foreground.
“The composition is lovely. We all know it is not easy shooting into a sun so it is superbly executed. It is a shot that took time, the photographer did not just walk up and take it. I love it,” said Frank Dolan.
The Merit winners (runners-up) in the Secondary School category were: Katie Coonan, Sacred Heart School, Westport; Narissa Conroy, Sacred Heart School, Westport; Ethan Grady, Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh; Kelly O’Neill, Sacred Heart School, Westport.
High standards in national school
The winner of the National School category was Damien Kerrigan, a pupil of Brackloon NS, Westport, for a beautiful shot of Croagh Patrick taken from the back of the Reek, close to his home.
“It is a very well composed shot with a lot of texture and is technically very good. It is a well spotted shot and is a very high standard for someone in national school,” said Alison Laredo.
The Merit winners (runners-up) were: Callum Bourke, Cuilmore NS, Newport; Patrick Foley, The Valley NS, Achill; Cillian Hughes, Roundfort NS, Hollymount; Joshua Reilly, Louisburgh NS.

Photography winners
National School winner: Damien Kerrigan, Brackloon NS, Westport.
National School Merit winners: Callum Bourke, Cuilmore NS, Newport; Patrick Foley, The Valley NS, Achill; Cillian Hughes, Roundfort NS, Hollymount; Joshua Reilly, Louisburgh NS.
Secondary School winner: Jason Gibbons, Rice College, Westport.
Secondary School Merit winners: Katie Coonan, Sacred Heart School, Westport; Narissa Conroy, Sacred Heart School, Westport; Ethan Grady, Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh; Kelly O’Neill, Sacred Heart School, Westport.
Adult winner: Pawel Zygmunt, Dublin.
Adult Merit winners: Brian Joyce, Owenwee, Westport; Martin McIntyre, Roscahill, Kilmeena; Elizabeth Parsons, Cloongowla, Ballinrobe; Michael Reynolds, Drummindoo, Westport.