ESB Environmental Photography Awards
Mr. Martin Cullen, TD, Minister for the Environment and Local Government presented the prizes at ESB Environmental Photography Awards 2002 at a ceremony in the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, which took place today Thursday, 30th January 2003. Almost 818,000 Euro in prize money was awarded to the sixteen talented winners selected from a shortlist of sixty photographers. Prizes were awarded in the following categories, Youth, Junior, Amateur, Professional, International and Digital. Master of Ceremonies at the presentation was Derek Mooney, who has a keen interest in the environment and has played an important role in the development of wildlife radio and television broadcasting over the past eight years.
Speaking at the awards Mr. Padraig McManus, Chief Executive, ESB commented, “As ESB is such an integral part of Irish life, we were delighted to sponsor these Awards which aimed to encourage the development of environmental photography and to raise public awareness of the unique and fragile beauty of our surroundings. Year by year the reputation of the Awards has spread, demonstrated by the numbers of entries received from photographers as far a field as India, Switzerland, Brazil and Australia”. All sixty shortlisted photographs can be viewed at www.esb.ie and can also be seen at venues nationwide. “For the first time the winning
entries in the competition can be accessed on the internet and sent to family and friends as e-cards. E-cards are proving more and more popular as the speedy way to send greetings to people at home and abroad”, continued Mr. McManus.
Due to demand, two simultaneous exhibitions will tour this year offering as many people as possible the chance to see this visually exciting selection of photographs. .
This is the sixth year of the Awards, which are organised in association with the Irish Professional Photographers Association. Entries were submitted under the following themes: Plant Magic, Waterworld, Animal Wonders, Form & Composition, The World in Our Hands, Wild World, City Wonders and Where do we get our Energy? . In assessing the entries, the judges took into consideration, picture content and treatment of subject matter, originality of picture idea, composition, lighting and presentation.
ESB also sponsors the ESB Primary Schools Environmental Awareness Awards,which aims to foster a spirit of conservation amongst children, ESB/CVI Community Environment Awards, a nationwide scheme which recognises the efforts of individuals who have undertaken projects to improve the environment and the ESB Garden Birdwatch in association with Birdwatch Ireland.