Professionals are being put under pressure by the quality of photographs produced by amateur photographers in the annual Belfast City Council Parks Photographic Competition.
“Each year the standard of photographs gets better and better and it is astonishing to see the really high quality that is produced,” said the judges.
They praised the quality of light, vibrancy of colours, angles, and wide variety of scenes with which they were presented.
The annual competition, sponsored by John McQuillan (Contracts) Ltd, offers winners a share of the £1,000 prize fund and is open to amateur photographers including a special category for those less than 16 years old.
Councillor Tierna Cunningham, a member of the Parks and Leisure Committee, who presented the winners with their awards said: “The aim of the competition is to allow us to see parks through the eyes of those who use them regularly for fun, sport, relaxation, or just to enjoy nature.
“It is a wonderful insight of what is happening on a daily basis and what people notice when they are out and about enjoying parks,” added the councillor.
Three of the main award winners in Wildlife; Buildings and Art; and People in Parks are from south Belfast.
Pierre Callandreu, winner of Building and Arts for his photograph taken in Botanic Gardens was praised for his ‘exceptional light levels’. Peter Hewitt won first place in the Wildlife category for his picture of Lagan Meadows and its ‘vibrant colours.’ The People in parks category was won by Lucy Brown for her photo taken at Botanic Gardens. The judges liked the simplicity and quirky nature as well as the ‘opportunism of capturing people relaxing in parks.’
Olivia Agnew from Lisburn won the under 16 years old category with her picture of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park which captured the breadth of attractions offered within the park.
Award winners were presented with their prizes today (Tuesday, 17 June) at a special ceremony at the Bowling Pavilion in Ormeau Park.