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Lough Ree photo scoops top prize in LAWPRO’s ‘My Favourite Waterbody’ national photography competition

Monday, 24 June 2024: One overall winner and regional runner ups have been selected in the ‘My Favourite Waterbody’ national photography competition that was ran as part of the Local Authority Waters Programme’s (LAWPRO) World Wetlands Day celebration.

 Lough Ree, Co. Longford.
Lough Ree, Co. Longford by Lee Williamson

The overall winner is Lee Williamson, from Lanesborough in Co. Longford for his photo of Lough Ree, Co. Longford. Lee is also the regional winner for the Midlands & East and won the top prize of a €500 voucher for Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa in Co. Wicklow, along with an A3 framed print of his winning photo.

The other regional winners are:

Hollywood Lake in Scotstown, Co. Monaghan by Jimmy O’Neill.
Lacken, Blessington Lake in Co. Wicklow by Marie Melvin
Derryclare Lough, County Galway by John Collins
Dalia Guzauskaite, with her photo from Connemara

“We are delighted to announce the winners of the ‘My Favourite Waterbody’ photo competition as part of LAWPRO’s World Wetlands Day celebrations. We would like to congratulate all of the participants in the competition and in particular our overall winner and five runners up. The photos showcased Ireland’s inland waterways, lakes and coastal waters and communicated a sense of beauty, comfort and wellbeing in people’s favourite waterside places.”

Anthony Coleman, Director of Services at LAWPRO

The competition was shortlisted by an internal panel and the winning photos were selected by an external judge the award-winning Cameraman, Director and Broadcaster, Colin Stafford- Johnson.

Winning and shortlisted photos will be featured in LAWPRO’s 2025 calendar and winners will receive a calendar later in the year in addition to their prize.

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