Stunning! Winners of Kilkenny Tourism photo contest revealed! -Page 1 of 6

Kilkenny Tourism, has announced the winners of its Visit Kilkenny Photographer of the Year competition. The competition, which has been running for a year, invites people to enter a photo that captures their fondest holiday memories in Kilkenny, or a photo that captures the essence of what the county means to them.

The competition, which was open to amateur and professional photographers, received hundreds of entries from across the country. The six different categories were:

Medieval Kilkenny; Landscapes; Off-grid; natural world; Streetscapes and faces of Kilkenny.

A winner was selected in each category and finally an overall winner: Medieval – Andrew Ryan – “Jerpoint Abbey in the Sun” as seen above

Click “NEXT” to see the other great Kilkenny scenes that made it to the contest final!

The other finalists were:

The Other Faces of Kilkenny – Winner: Derville Conroy – “The Baker”

Landscapes – Derek Delaney – “Out of the Darkness”

Natural World – Frank Manning – “Lightning Ballyfoyle”

Off the Grid – Nicholas Kishande – “Off the Grid”

Streetscapes – Seamus Costelloe – “Rothe House View”

The lucky winners will each receive a hotel break at some of the best hotels in Kilkenny including Lyrath Estate Kilkenny, 4* Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel, 4* Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, 4* Kilkenny River Court Hotel, 4* Newpark Hotel Kilkenny, 4* Hoban Hotel Kilkenny.

The judges for the competition were Ciaran Conroy, Chairman of Kilkenny Tourism, Martina Comerford Tourism Officer, Kilkenny County Council; Vicky Comerford, photographer and owner of www.vickysphotography.ie and Anna O’Sullivan, director of the dynamic and contemporary Butler Gallery www.butlergallery.ie.

Commenting on the competition announcement, Kilkenny Tourism Chairman Ciaran Conroy said: ‘We are so impressed with the high standard of entries for this competition, not only were they each of an exceptionally high standard, but they each captured something very special that resides in the heart of Kilkenny. Our people, our buildings, our countryside and our culture were each individually reflected in these incredible images.

He added: “Congratulations to all of the winners and entrants and sincere thanks to each of our judges who volunteered their time and expertise to be part of our judging process and to the tour hotel sponsors for providing excellent hotel stays to the lucky winners. We can’t wait to share the fantastic photos.

Jack C. Nugent