The ESB Environmental Photography Awards Show

  February 2004

Image from The ESB Environmental Photography Awards Show at Gallery of Photography Ireland, February 5 – 19 2004.

A father and son and a father and daughter snap up the honours.

The ESB Environmental Photography Awards presentation at The Helix, DCU, today, Wednesday, 28th January 2004 was somewhat of a family affair as John Hooton and his twelve-year old son Richard from Mallow, Co. Cork and Michael Kelly and his fifteen-year old daughter Amy from Arklow, Co. Wicklow received prizes for their individual photographs. This year too saw the youngest photographer ever to be shortlisted – Meara Owen-Griffiths, age 6, from Athboy, Co. Meath. (Full list of winners attached) The exhibition can be seen at the Helix until Saturday 31st January after which it will be moving to the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar.

Tony Donnelly, Deputy Chief Executive, ESB and Derek Mooney, one of Ireland¹s best-known broadcasters presented awards and prize money totalling ¤18,000 to the fourteen talented winners. These were selected from a shortlist of fifty photographers and the prizes were awarded in five categories, Youth, Junior, Amateur, Professional and International.

Speaking at the awards Mr. Tony Donnelly, Deputy Chief Executive, ESB commented, “We are delighted to continue to sponsor these Awards and to support the ongoing development of environmental photography in Ireland. To raise public awareness and appreciation of the environment is of huge importance, particularly if we wish to preserve our surroundings for future generations. It was especially pleasing to see an increase in interest in this year¹s awards across all categories. In particular the record number of entries we received from outside of Ireland, with photographers from New Zealand, India, Spain and Argentina to name but a few”.

The award winning photographs together with the rest of the shortlisted prints can be viewed at and can also be seen at venues nationwide throughout the year. Details of the exhibition schedule can also be found on the ESB website as above.

This is the seventh 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.