A PHOTO of an apple taken by a snap-happy Limerick student has seen her walk away with a top prize in a national photographic competition and she has had her winning image displayed in the prestigious Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Aine Hayes, a fourth year student of Castletroy College was named the winner in the 16 to 19-year-old category of the Le Crunch PhotoByte Schools Photography competition.
“I just saw a poster about the competition up in my school and I said I would chance my arm as I am interested in photography,” explained the 16-year-old from Castletroy.
Aine joined a group of primary and post primary pupils and their teachers at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin for the grand final of the competition.
The students aged between seven and 17 years had their short-listed photography on display in the prestigious gallery, which was wall-to-wall with images of apples for the entire day.
“I walked in and couldn’t believe that my photo was in there,” smiled Aine who was presented with One4all vouchers worth €750 for her efforts.
“I was in the oldest category and I was up against two other girls. I couldnt’ believe it when I won. They printed the photo on a huge canvass and they displayed all of them and we got to take them home afterwards so it is up on top of the piano now in the sitting-room,” she continued.
Le Crunch challenged the students of Ireland to take the humble Le Crunch apple and give it a creative camera make over. Evan Carey, 12, from Colaiste Chiarain, Croom came third place in the 12 to 15-year-old category.