Wednesday, 19 August 2009
The photograph voted the winning wonder of Ireland .
An amateur snapper from Co Down fought off thousands of competitors to win a tourist photography competition, it was announced yesterday.
Ryan Wilson impressed the judges with his entry entitled Into the West to take home first prize in the Wonders of Ireland contest.
The winning picture features Tyrella beach near Downpatrick against the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, with a horse and rider in silhouette.
The photo also shows a dramatic sky with heavy clouds and sun bursting through, which was described as “typically Irish”.
Irish and visiting tourists submitted thousands of photo entries, with 56% of images coming from visitors.
The 11 runner-up photographs were the work of Belgian, Dutch, Spanish, UK, German and Irish tourists.
The announcement was made by Gulliver Ireland at the launch of the GoIreland.com Photography Awards 2009 yesterday.
Held in association with John Hinde Ireland, the GoIreland.com Photography Awards is an international amateur tourist photography competition that highlights Ireland and its tourism qualities using a different theme each year.