Pictured holding the overall winning photo of the Teagasc Forest photo competition is Minister Pippa Hackett and Fergus Price, Teagasc Forestry Liaison Officer.
A Laois man has won the overall national prize in a photography competition celebrating Ireland's forests.
Martin Maher was first announced as a category winner in November, for his beautiful photo of Corrig Woods in Portarlington called Walking into Autumn, for which he won €300.
Now has has won the title of overall winner of the 2021 Teagasc forest photo competition in a final judging announced on December 7.
The winner was announced by the Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett.
As the overall competition winner, Martin receives a voucher valued at €500, to add to his earlier award of €300.
Minister Hackett congratulated the winner.
"Martin’s photograph is a stunning portrayal of a stunning woodland. I know Corrig Wood well. With my family I have enjoyed many walks and picnics there, and we have run through the wood many time as well, so I have a great sense of what an amenity it is for the people of Laois and indeed for those from other counties too.
"It’s important to recognise the benefits of forests beyond supplying a vital timber resource and Martin’s image is of such an inviting scene, it certainly captures a sense of what trees can do for our landscape, our recreation and our wellbeing. So I commend Teagasc for organising the competition and my Department for supporting it, and for working hard to promote the many positive aspects of trees and forests," she said.
Tom Houlihan is Forestry Specialist with the Teagasc Forestry Development Department.
"Teagasc is again delighted to have hosted this forest photo competition in 2021, which received hundreds of wonderful images from all age groups and from enthusiastic participants across the country. Congratulations to Martin and other competition prize recipients. The two categories were selected to highlight the many important forest benefits and highlight the importance of wood as a sustainable material in our everyday lives."
Teagasc Forestry Liaison Officer Fergus Price had co-ordinated the initiative.
"Teagasc sincerely thanks all participants who submitted such a range of high quality images for each of the two categories in this competition. I would also like to thank the competition judging panel who had such a challenging task in selecting the winning images. Based on the success of this initiative, Teagasc plan to continue this competition in 2022 and incorporate new themes and further competition categories," he said.
The winning photos from the Teagasc photo competition will be available to view on the Teagasc website www.teagasc.ie/forestphotos21. The competition was coordinated by Teagasc with support from the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).
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