“Hey Get Back in Line” Wins the MidlandsIreland.ie Photography Competition

Pictured L-R: Ms Niamh Mulligan, with her winning entry entitled “Hey Get Back in Line”, receiving her prize of a luxury weekend in the Sheraton Athlone from Mr Johnny O’Sullivan, General Manager, the Sheraton Athlone and Ms Ruth McNally, Director, Midland Regional Authority

MidlandsIreland.ie, the Midlands Regional Brand is pleased to announce the overall winner of its recent photography competition. The competition which invited amateur photographers to “capture the uniqueness and magic of the Midland Region” ran over the summer months. The standard of entries received was exceptionally high, painting a picture of a bright and vibrant region with much to offer its population, those who work and study here and visitors alike. There was a strong focus on particular themes in the entries received, reflecting the innate strengths of the region that form the basis for many other diverse and important activities. In order to reflect these strengths and the spirit of the entries submitted, entries received have been grouped under the Gateway to Tourism and Gateway to Living strapline of the brand. The entries were shortlisted with the technical expertise of Mr Andy Mason, independent professional photographer and manager of a Professional School for Photography in Venlo in The Netherlands. MidlandsIreland.ie would like to thank those who sponsored the excellent prizes, the Chambers of the Region, Athlone, Laois, Longford, Midland Gateway, Mullingar and Tullamore & District Chamber, and in particular their members including Laois Shopping Centre, Marion Carton Opticians, Lir Investors Network, Tullamore Court Hotel and the Bridge Centre, Tullamore. Midland Regional Authority Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Fintan Cooney expressed his pride at how the entries captured the essence of the region, saying “the wealth of the Midlands is here for all to see, a vibrant and modern region with an ancient and beautiful natural landscape, complemented by creative and innovative citizens, living working and learning together”. The Director of the Midland Regional Authority, Ruth McNally, outlined that all photographs will form part of an extensive image library used to showcase and promote the Midland region at home and abroad. MidlandsIreland.ie wishes to thank all those who entered the competition and to complement entrants on the high standard of entries received.
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