Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year...The winner
1st September 2017 - 5:00pm
Topflight were delighted to once again team up with Canon Ireland to organise the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 - a competition searching for Ireland’s best travel photographer! The search was conducted over the last number of months looking for the best travel photographs from aspiring and talented photographers. This was the second year of what will now be an annual photographic competition due to the sheer popularity and interest that the competition has generated. It is very evident that travel photography truly captures the imagination with each individual entry telling its own personal story.
August saw the culmination of this search with the crowning of the Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year. From the high volume of photographs entered the judges had the task of handpicking a selection of twenty-four of the finest entries, which then went to a public vote followed by the top 10 going back to a judging committee to choose 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. These photographs brought to life the many magical and inspirational aspects of travel from breathtaking landscapes, the people we meet along the journey, unforgettable moments, fascinating cultures and the little bursts of happiness and excitement experienced. They captured the true essence of what it means to escape our day-to-day lives and explore unfamiliar lands and places. Many of the photographs featured far flung destinations whilst others were taken much closer to home.
And so to the winners, congratulations to Rue Ahmed from Co. Kilkenny, who was crowned the Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 with his photo taken in North East Bangladesh of Sadhu, a Hindu Holy man. Rue’s prize includes a Luxury Escorted Tour Holiday for two to Madeira for seven nights with flights from Dublin, airport transfers, 7 nights in Topflight's flagship 5* Melia Madeira hotel with breakfasts and three carefully selected excursions. Rue also takes home a wonderful Canon EOS M6 M15-45 Camera, a Canon book on photography and a Canon training course.
The 2nd place went to Adrian Megahey from Co. Galway. Adrian’s photograph was taken in Yosemite Valley and features the Milky Way curves over Half Dome. 3rd place went to Paul Brady from Co. Kildare with a photograph taken in Dublin of a sight familiar to many, Bull Island bridge looking back towards Clontarf.
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