City View column: Contest to capture Spirit of Limerick

Kelly Moran, Limeric

Reporter:

Kelly Moran, Limeric

Zoe Davis (8) with her siblings Josh (5) and Ollie (6) at the launch of The Spirit of Limerick photography competition in the People's Park recently. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
GEORGIAN architecture, floral displays, the majestic River Shannon, a 13th century castle – Limerick is a city rich in beautiful scenery.

GEORGIAN architecture, floral displays, the majestic River Shannon, a 13th century castle – Limerick is a city rich in beautiful scenery.

With a vast range of stunning landscapes, Limerick is a city well versed in the art of photography and the Spirit of Limerick Photography Competition is the perfect outlet to showcase the work of local photographers.

The deadline for entry is looming with less than a month left to enter. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit their photos of Limerick for the inaugural competition before the closing date of Friday, August 30.

As the deadline approaches, the competitions judging panel has been confirmed and will be led by Liam Burke from Press 22 along with editor of the Limerick Leader, Alan English, Gerry Collison with the Limerick Post, John Grimes, Limerick Camera Club and myself, Kelly Moran from the Limerick Communications Office.

So far we have received an amazing and diverse selection of images. Although I am excited and honoured to be judging the Spirit of Limerick Photography Competition, I, along with the other four judges, have a difficult task ahead in choosing the winners.

The competition is a joint venture by the Limerick Communications Office and Press 22, a photo agency based in Limerick City. We originally set out to support photography in the region and collect a bank of images to be used in promoting the city and county and although I knew photography was a popular interest in Limerick I was still astounded by the amount of entries we have received and the high level of quality images.

The entries we have received so far are available to view on the Spirit of Limerick Facebook page and include quite a few GAA inspired shots and plenty of city images but not too many from County Limerick so hopefully we will receive more as the county is so picturesque.

The Limerick Communications Office has a history of supporting and promoting local photographers. Many will remember the office ran ‘The Limerick I Love’ photography competition in 2009 which encouraged local children to photograph their city.

The Spirit of Limerick’s ethos is the same, but open to all ages! Interested shutterbugs are invited to submit a photograph that portrays Limerick in a positive way, showing the richness and diversity of everyday life across the city and county.

There is no limit to how many entries an individual can submit but please remember you must include an entry form with every image!

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, receiving €750, €250 and €150 respectively. A €150 prize will also be awarded for the most humorous photo and we haven’t received too many in this category yet so keep shooting!

Entry forms are available in the Limerick Leader office and can also be downloaded at www.limerickcommunicationsoffice.ie.

Entry forms can be posted to Spirit of Limerick Competition, Limerick Communications Office, 88 O’Connell Street, Limerick or email spiritoflimerick2013@gmail.com.

Entries may be used by the Limerick Communications Office, a non-profit organisation set up to positively promote Limerick, in their campaign to support Limerick.

For further information please email spiritoflimerick2013@gmail.com.