Pictorial record of June 29, 2013, by Belfast Telegraph readers
The standard of the entries for the Belfast Telegraph’s One Summer’s Day competition has been absolutely superb, writes Gerry Fitzgerald
I thought it would be really difficult to match the high standards that were set in the first two years, but you did it and I must say that looking through the hundreds of entries we received makes me very proud to come from Northern Ireland.
Indeed, pride in where we come from has been one of the key reasons for launching this competition.
We want to encourage people to feel proud of Northern Ireland and to show us what living here means to them, which is why we have teamed up with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board who have been the perfect partner.
Hundreds of budding photographers took to the streets, beaches and countryside across the province on Saturday, June 29 to take photographs of friends, family, pets and some beautiful landscapes.
The result is a a photographic time capsule of a summer’s day in Northern Ireland with some amazing pictures that really capture the essence of summer.
The high standard and the variety of the entries are reflected in this commemorative supplement.
I must congratulate all our winners.
In the adult category, David Flanagan was tops. Also, 15-year-old Jade McCarten’s photograph illustrates a beautiful scene in Murlough Beach.
Then, last but not least, Megan Ross wins the Primary School section.
Once again I’d like to thank our partners at the Northern Ireland Tourist Board whose input and support have been invaluable in making this competition such a huge success.
Finally, a very big thanks to you, the Northern Ireland public, for your passion, creativity and expertise.
I’m looking forward to Summer 2014 already.
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It’s hard to believe this is the third year of One Summer’s Day — Northern Ireland’s biggest mass participation photographic competition — and once again the quantity and quality of entries have been fantastic, writes Alan Clarke, Chief executive, Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Continuing on from what was a momentous year for tourism in 2012, this year has been another amazing year for Northern Ireland. Londonderry is hosting the first UK City of Culture, celebrating the city’s artistic excellence and its cultural depth with world-class events, many of which are still to take place, including the ever-popular Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, the Foyle Film Festival and The Turner Prize.
In August, Belfast hosted the World Police and Fire Games, which saw 10,000 competitors from over 70 countries competing — and, of course, Fermanagh was home to the 2013 G8 Summit.
The success of the last few years has instilled a huge amount of civic pride and I believe this has been reflected in the entries to this competition.
Hundreds of people from across Northern Ireland took the time out on Saturday, June 29 to photograph the people and places that mean a lot to them and as you will see from this commemorative supplement, the results really give us a feel for life in Northern Ireland on that particular day.
The pictures portray Northern Ireland as a wonderful place to both live in and to visit. They feature some of our well-known attractions, such as Dunluce Castle and the Mourne Mountains, while others capture the beauty of our gardens and forest parks, children enjoying a summer’s day on the beach and even dogs relaxing in the back garden.
NITB encourages everyone to get out and explore what Northern Ireland has to offer — from fantastic visitor attractions to the beautiful landscapes and wonderful events that take place during the year.
This competition really illustrates what a great place Northern Ireland is and we are positive the momentum of the last few years will continue next year with further world-class events gracing our shores, including hosting one of the world’s most prestigious cycling races, the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia.
Congratulations to Jade McCarten, David and Alison Flanagan and Megan Ross on winning their categories and I’m sure you’ll agree they are all deserving winners. Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the competition this year and made it another wonderful event.