Clean Coasts’ annual ‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition opens submissions

Love Your Coast Photography Competition

Clean Coasts’ 13th annual Love Your Coast photography competition has official opened for entries!

The Love Your Coast competition asks for amateur photographers to capture and celebrate the uniqueness of our coastal communities, environments, or waterways such as its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, epic cliff faces, and raging rivers.    

Dublin has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and we want to encourage people to get out their cameras this summer as they explore the Irish coast and capture its beauty.

2021 saw two Dublin photographers score top places in two categories. Catherine Bush took home second place in the Coastal Heritage category for her photo entitled The Lighthouse that was taken on Howth Head in County Dublin and Conor O’Brien won third place in the category Wildlife and Underwater for his image Birds of a Feather, taken on Ireland’s Eye in Dublin.  

Moreover, many other images from Dublin photographers were shortlisted within the top ten images throughout the five categories.  These images included Robbie O’Leary with his picture titled Kingfisher for the Wildlife and Underwater category, Kevin Grace’s image Twin Tracks in the Coastal landscape category, Edele Cunningham and their image Seagull and the Surfer Harnessing the Power of the Wind in Dublin in the People and the Coast category, Adrian Hendroff’s image Rockabill Sunset and Helen Black’s photo Armageddon in the Coastal Heritage category respectively and Eoghan Molloy with the picture Shell Cairn in the Creativity and the Coast Category.  

Photographers have until 9 am on Monday the 29th August 2022 to submit their best images in one of five categories to be in with the chance to win a prize fund of €5,000 across all categories. 

The categories for this year include:

1.    Wildlife and Underwater

2.    Coastal Landscape 

3.    People and the Coast   

4.    Coastal Heritage   

5.    Creativity and the Coast  

Each year Love Your Coast draws in a large amount of interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers, coastal enthusiasts, and conservation and biodiversity-minded. Clean Coasts have ensured there is a diverse range of categories so there truly is something for everyone!  

Photographers are encouraged to explore new and different methods and angles in capturing the coastal regions and wildlife and would discourage photographing of locations and species that have been heavily submitted in previous years. 

Working with communities on the ground, Clean Coasts’ mission is to help foster pride in our coastline, supporting Clean Coasts communities, groups, and volunteers to tackle issues affecting their local area. This competition provides an opportunity to view the coast and our waterways that the Clean Coasts programme works to protect from a completely different perspective and see the beauty captured therein.   

Clean Coast manager Sinead McCoy stated: 

“The Clean Coasts programme works with communities and supports them in their efforts to protect our coastline. What the Love Your Coast Photography competition does is augment this work by showcasing our breathtaking coastline which helps foster and inspire both the public and communities to protect it into the future.” 

Visit our website  to find out more about the competition and how to enter at:

Be sure to head to our Exposure page to see a gallery of all the shortlisted top 10 images from 2021: 

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