“Hey Get Back in Line” wins the MidlandsIreland.ie Photography Competition




Pictured L-R: Ms Niamh Mulligan, with her winning entry  entitled “Hey Get Back in Line”, receiving her prize of a luxury  weekend in the Sheraton Athlone from  Mr Johnny O’Sullivan, General Manager, the Sheraton Athlone and Ms Ruth McNally, Director, Midland Regional  Authority


MidlandsIreland.ie, the Midlands Regional Brand is pleased to  announce the overall winner

of its recent photography competition. The  competition which invited amateur photographers

to “capture the uniqueness and  magic of the Midland Region” ran over the summer months.

The standard of entries  received was exceptionally high, painting a picture of a bright and vibrant

region with much to offer its population, those who work and study here and  visitors alike.


There was a strong focus on particular themes in the  entries received, reflecting the innate

strengths of the region that form the  basis for many other diverse and important activities.

In order to reflect these  strengths and the spirit of the entries submitted, entries received have

been  grouped under the Gateway to Tourism and Gateway to Living strapline of the  brand.


The  entries were shortlisted with the technical expertise of Mr Andy Mason, independent

professional photographer and  manager of a Professional School for Photography in Venlo

in The  Netherlands.


MidlandsIreland.ie would like to thank those who sponsored the  excellent prizes, the

Chambers of the Region, Athlone, Laois, Longford, Midland  Gateway, Mullingar and

Tullamore & District Chamber, and in particular their  members including Laois Shopping

Centre, Marion Carton Opticians, Lir Investors  Network, Tullamore Court Hotel and the

Bridge Centre, Tullamore.


Midland Regional Authority Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Fintan  Cooney expressed his pride at

how the entries captured the essence of the  region, saying “the wealth of the Midlands is

here for all to see, a vibrant and  modern region with an ancient and beautiful natural

landscape, complemented by  creative and innovative citizens, living working and learning together”.


The  Director of the Midland Regional Authority, Ruth McNally, outlined that all  photographs

will form part of an extensive image library used to showcase and  promote the Midland region

at home and abroad.


MidlandsIreland.ie wishes to thank all those who entered the  competition and to complement

entrants on the high standard of entries received.



Sarah  Morgan

Planning  Policy & Research Officer

Midland  Regional Authority

Bridge  Centre

Bridge  Street


County  Offaly

Tel: +353  57 93 52996

Fax:+353  57 93 52998

E: smorgan@midlands.ie

Web: www.midlands.ie


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