Winning picture captures true ‘Spirit of Limerick’

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Liam Burke of Press 22 (left) and photographer Darren Ryan with Darren's photograph which won the Spirit of Limerick competition. Picture Brian Arthur/Press 22
A local photographer’s image of people enjoying Limerick’s Riverfest barbecue has been selected as the winner of the Spirit of Limerick photography competition.

A local photographer’s image of people enjoying Limerick’s Riverfest barbecue has been selected as the winner of the Spirit of Limerick photography competition.

The photograph, by Darren Ryan, went on display in Limerick city centre this week along with the other shortlisted entries in the competition, sponsored by the Limerick Communication Office and local photographic agency Press 22.

Over 50 images which made the shortlist will be on show in the former Game premises on Cruises Street all this week, with the help of Creative Limerick, who provide active uses for vacant properties while promoting the work of the creative industries in the region.

Competition judge and editor of the Limerick Leader, Alan English, was impressed with the entries.

“It was great to see so many entries and there were quite a few excellent pictures that just missed out on the prizes,” said Mr English.

“It was lovely to see the spirit of Limerick so proudly reflected in so many pictures, and I’m sure that a future staging of the competition would bring an even bigger entry,” he added.

The Spirit of Limerick Photography Competition invited people to submit photos that portrayed Limerick in a positive way, showing the richness and diversity of everyday life across the city and county.

Darren Ryan received a prize of €750 for his winning image.

Joint second went to Gerry Hall and John Grimes for their individual images of the Limerick dockers memorial, receiving €250 each.

Fourth place, with a prize of €100, was awarded to Michelle Carroll for her image taken at a Limerick hurling match.

Fifth place went to John Grimes whose image of the Munster Rugby team’s 2008 homecoming earned him a €100 prize.

Liam Burke of Press 22 congratulated the winner and all the entrants. He added that this year’s competition is a fore-runner of a photographic competition they plan to run next year for Limerick City of Culture.

“We intend to run a culture of Limerick photographic competition to portray Limerick in a positive way, showing the richness and diversity of everyday life in the city so any photos that come under the banner of culture would be very welcome. We would expect to have a prize fund of around €2,000,” Mr Burke said.