Clean Coasts announced the winners of the 12th Love Your Coast photography competition during their virtual awards ceremony that was premiered on Friday, 12th of November at 6:00pm on Clean Coasts’ social media channels.
The Love Your Coast competition is an integral part of the Clean Coasts programme. Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastlines in the world.
For the past 12 years, the ‘Love Your Coast’ competition has been about capturing the essence of the Irish coastline, its beauty, and its diverse character.
Being Ireland’s foremost community-based coastal programme, Clean Coasts counts on the work of nearly 2,000 volunteer groups nationwide to help protect our coastline, waterways, seas, ocean, and marine life. Once more, Clean Coasts’ volunteers and groups have been eager to engage with us and support the fight against marine pollution. Clean Coasts mission is to foster pride in our coastline and waterways and each year the Love Your Coast competition is an opportunity to see this reflected in the entries.
2021 was a fantastic year for images of County Donegal, as we saw Donegal photographer Gary McLaughlin win first place in the Coastal Landscape category for his photo entitled Dunree Panoramic, taken in Linsfort, Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.
Moreover, Malcolm Hough with the photograph called ‘Wreck’ taken in Milford, Co. Donegal, and Maja Stankovski with the image ‘You Can’t See Me’ taken at Malinbeg, Co. Dongeal were shortlisted in the Top 10 photographers in the Coastal Heritage and Wildlife and Underwater Categories respectively.
Finally, Kenny Goodison with Malin Head Sunset, Pawel Zygmunt with Storm Bay taken at Glenlough Bay, and Yvonne Molloy with Ocean Blue taken at The Sturrall, Glencolmcille, all in County Donegal were selected among the top 10 images for the Coastal Landscape Category by the judges.