THE DEADLINE for entry to the Spirit of Limerick photography competition is looming and budding snappers are being urged to get out and find the best images of Limerick.
The competition, which carries a cash prize, is the brainchild of photographic agency Press 22, who came up with the concept to present Limerick in positive light.
The agency, based in Limerick since it was founded by Liam Burke and Noel Gavin in 1984, have, in tandem with the Limerick Communications Office, launched the competition and have seen loads of entries come in from lens experts and Polaroid warriors alike.
With the deadline of Friday, August 30, the organisers are seeking more entries from the public, and particularly from around the county, for the inaugural competition.
In launching the contest, Mr Burke said he intended for photographers to capture “their Limerick in a positive way” for the contest, which carries prizes of €750, €250 and €150.
The agency founder said it was an idea he had been harbouring “for a long time that had only been brought to fruition this year”.
“It is about promoting Limerick city and county in a positive manner and I thought it would be nice to do it in a photographic way, which is what I know,” he explained.
“There are lots of talented people out there, locals and visitors, who come around with cameras, and we want a vibrant selection of positive imagery of Limerick.”
Judges for the contest have been unveiled and are Mr Burke along with Limerick Leader editor, Alan English, Gerry Collison of the Limerick Post, John Grimes, Limerick Camera Club and Kelly Moran of Limerick Communications Office.
Ms Moran explained: “So far we have received an amazing and diverse selection of images. We have a difficult task ahead in choosing the winners.”
“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,” she continued, noting that the images submitted so far are available to view now on the Spirit of Limerick Facebook page.
“They 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,” she added.
Entry forms are available from the Limerick Leader or www.limerick communicationsoffice.ie and posted to Spirit of Limerick Competition, Limerick Communications Office, 88 O’Connell Street, Limerick or email firstname.lastname@example.org.