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One Summer's Day 2012 - entries from Belfast Telegraph annual photo competition

By Gerry Fitzgerald

I feel like I’m repeating myself but once again the standard of the entries for One Summer’s Day has been absolutely superb.

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 30 to take photographs of friends, family, pets and some beautiful landscapes. The result is a photographic time capsule of a summer’s day that really capture the essence of summer. The high standard and the variety of the entries are reflected in this supplement.

I must congratulate our winners. The adult category was won by Matthew Humphreys from Glengormley for the second year running. His black and white study of his girlfriend Julie at Mussenden Temple at Downhill caught the judges’ eye.

In the secondary school category, the rosette goes to 15-year-old Amy Stevenson. Her photograph illustrates a keen eye for something very different.

Last but not least, six-year old Luke Townsley from Ballynahinch won the primary school category with a picture of his dog jumping in the air. It goes to prove that timing is everything in photography and it was achieved very well by one so young.

Once again I’d like to thank our partners at the Northern Ireland Tourist Board whose input and support have been invaluable in helping to make this competition such a huge success. Finally thanks to you, the Northern Ireland public, for your passion, creativity and expertise.

I’m looking forward to summer 2013 already.

Gerry Fitzgerald



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