“A picture tells a thousand words” an old English idiom referring to the notion that a single still image conveys the essence of a place or a moment more effectively than a long, wordy description often can. With this in mind, Topflight were delighted to team up with Canon Ireland to organise the Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 – a competition searching for Ireland’s best travel photographer! The search was conducted over the last few months looking for the best travel photographs from aspiring and talented Irish photographers. Travel photography certainly captures the imagination with over 4000 entries and to date the reach of the competition on social media has been 1.7 million people.
May 31st saw the culmination of this search with the crowning of the inaugural Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year in the wonderful surroundings of the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar, Dublin. It was a wonderful event broadcast on Facebook live. There was a heavy sense of anticipation as to who would be revealed as the ultimate winner.
The exhibition presented a handpicked selection of twenty-four of the finest entries. These beautiful photographs brought to life the many magical aspects of travel – breathtaking landscapes, unforgettable moments, fascinating cultures and the little bursts of happiness we experience. They captured the true essence of what it means to escape our day-to-day lives and explore unfamiliar lands. From the wonderful people we meet along the way to the unforgettable moments we share with old friends, our twenty-four finalists manage to stir a reaction within any passer by. Dave McKane, Principal of the Institute of Photography talked the audience through the top 10 finalists in a most engaging manner and shared many tips and photographic experience.
And so to the winners, congratulations to Declan Keane from Co.Louth, who was crowned Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 with his photo “Stars Over Manarola” – Declan’s prize includes a wonderful holiday in Sorrento, staying in the sensational 4* Hotel Bristol. He also received some great photographic equipment including a Canon EOS 750D DSLR Camera, Canon Selphy CP 1200 Compact Photo Printer and a Canon Photography Training course for 2 people.
Joint 2nd place went to Ger Power & Sean Haughton. Ger’s photograph was titled ‘Medina, Tangier’ and featured a stunning shot of a girl who was watching a traditional pre wedding Moroccan ritual. Sean’s photograph was taken in his native Doolin, Co.Clare on St.Patrick’s Day 2016.