Wildlife photography competition returns in 2022


After the huge success of the inaugural edition last year Look at naturethe wildlife photography competition resumes this afternoon, Tuesday February 1st.

Derek Mooney will be live in the studio on Today with Maura and Dáithí this afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to launch this year’s contest.

Last year saw over 7,000 entries and all eyes will once again be on nature in 2022. Landscape, wildlife and flora photos will all be enjoyed by keen amateur and professional photographers.

The winner of Look at nature 2021 was Larry Doherty, who took a surprisingly sharp close-up of the tiny orange ladybug, Halyzia sedecimguttata, bóin ​​Dé buí, at Cabragh Wetlands, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Photo credit: Larry Doherty

This year’s competition will be judged by award-winning filmmaker Anne Sommerfield, wildlife photographer Mike Brown and Matthew Jebb, director of the Botanic Gardens of Ireland.

The closing date for entries is 12 p.m. on Friday March 4 and the winner will be announced live from the Botanical Garden exhibition on Today’s show to Wednesday April 27.

In addition to a cash prize of €1,000, the winner will receive a trophy and have their photograph displayed at the National Botanical Garden, along with the other 11 finalists. The exhibit of the finalist images is expected to tour other OPW sites later this year.

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Speaking about the competition, Matthew Jebb said: “The Office of Public Works is delighted to welcome the launch of the second Look at nature competition at the National Botanical Garden.”

“Irish wildlife is so precious and essential to all of us, and seeing it from another photographer’s perspective is always inspiring and uplifting.”

“Having the finalists printed in large format and displayed in an outdoor setting is truly breathtaking, and like last year, we hope to tour the exhibit across the country to other OPW locations.”

There will be regular updates on the competition on Today with Maura and Dáithí and listeners can enjoy interviews and more on Mooney goes wild on RTE Radio 1.

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For more information or to submit an application, go to www.rte.ie/eyeonnature.

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