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Published 25/11/2015

UTV Snapper of the Year Ronan Daly captured Fanad Head Lighthouse in Co Donegal at midnight resulting in a stunning image
UTV Snapper of the Year Ronan Daly captured Fanad Head Lighthouse in Co Donegal at midnight resulting in a stunning image
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Ronan Daly has been crowned UTV's Snapper of the Year 2015 for his image of Fanad Head Lighthouse in Co Donegal.

The 34-year-old from Co Derry captured the stunning image of the iconic lighthouse at midnight in October using a six minute exposure.

The UTV Lesser Spotted Snapper competition of 2015 was launched by Joe Mahon in September to celebrate his new series on UTV, Lesser Spotted Journeys.

The competition had nearly 2,500 entries from photographers capturing special and local places that meant most to them.

Only 12 finalists will be featured in the UTV 2016 calendar.

Mahon served as a judge alongside UTV presenter, Rita Fitzgerald and award-winning photographer Hugh Russell. As overall Snapper of the Year, Ronan receives £500 of photography equipment of his choice.

Mahon said the panel of judges received a "real mix of urban and rural locations" and some were "hidden gems".

He said: "There were literally hundreds of images we could have chosen as the 12 finalists, so whittling it down was an extremely difficult task.

“I suppose what we were looking for was a level of skill coupled with imagination, but ultimately we chose images which made us think, 'I wish I had captured that!'

“Congratulations to Ronan, he should be very proud of what is a truly stunning shot of the lighthouse and although there could only be one overall winner, I would like to thank everyone who entered the Lesser Spotted Snapper competition."

Paul Killeen from Co Antrim claimed second place with his image of a lone fisherman on Downhill Beach in Castlerock at dusk. The judges were torn between the two images and after narrowly missing the top spot, Paul's photo was accredited with a Highly Commended accolade.

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