FROM the beautiful location of the Phoenix Park, Irish Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity Pippa Hackett announced the overall winner of the Teagasc forest photo competition entitled ‘Celebrating Our Forests’.
The worthy winner is Jane Walsh from Rosses Point in County Sligo. Jane’s winning image, entitled ‘The Beauty Around Us’, was captured while she was on a ‘simple yet beautiful walk on a gorgeous day in Hazelwood,’ just outside Sligo town. As the overall competition winner, Jane receives vouchers valued at €750, bringing her overall prize to a value of €1,000.
In congratulating the competition winner, Ms Hackett said: “Jane’s photograph is just beautiful. It shows clearly why trees and water are so important to our lives, our surroundings and our well-being. The scene is tranquil, the colours are stunning and we are left wanting just to be there! I want to congratulate Jane and thank both Teagasc for organising this photography competition and my department for its promotion of the many positive aspects of trees.”
n The winning photos from the Teagasc Photo Competition, along with a selection of highly commended forest landscape photo entries, can now be viewed on the forestry section of the Teagasc website at www.teagasc.ie/forestphotos
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