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Your amazing pictures that capture the joy of summer

By Kathryn Torney

Published 09/08/2010

Sunset over castlerock beach. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn
Sunset over castlerock beach. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn
This photograph of the iconic Mussenden Temple was taken from Downhill Beach. At the time the photograph was taken a Midsummer Concert organised by the National Trust was taking place in the temple. I live about 20 minutes from Mussenden and it never fails to inspire me every time I see it. Lucinda Brien
Ultan O'CallaghanAge : 6 ( primary 2) , St.Peters Primary School Bessbrook. - A picture of my brother Ryan and sister Aisling. Aisling is giving Ryan a big cuddle in the back garden, before he goes into Royal Victoria hosp on 20th June. Every cuddle is precious.
My name is Matthew Humphreys, age 37, and I wish to submit this photograph which I took on Saturday the 19th of June 2010. It is a shot of Cavehill Mountain with Belfast city in the background. For me, what makes it so special, is that it is a place to escape to for some peace and quiet. We live in a more busier and frantic world nowadays and Cavehill Mountain for me, ticks all the boxes for when you want time to yourself to think and regroup.
White rocks beach.. For me summer means sun, chilling out, BBQs, friends, laughter and of course the BEACH! The picture I have submitted shows a summers day! It is a landscape picture of the White Rocks beach near Portrush! The beach is very special to me as it is in close proximity to my house. I feel that this is almost, 'My beach' as I visit it almost EVERY week and almost EVERY day in summer! EVERYONE loves the beach..young or old and it holds many memories for all! From the children building sandcastles to the elderly taking leisurely strolls, the beach is an amazing place for all and is a place which will be close to my heart fro MANY years to come! :D Katie Steele Age 13
Morti going for a walk in Portballintrae. Picture by Christine Hobson
Daniel, Luke and Michael Kelly with Rory Kelly standing at Hazelbank park, Loughshore, Newtownabbey. Picture by Steven Kelly
Readers' Pictures: Ulster beauty spots
View form Dundrum Castle
Boa Island Fermanagh - sunset jetty. Submitted by DjTrev
Bunbeg Bliss. Submitted by Brian Morton / Straid
Room with a view - Dunlewey. Submitted by Brian Morton / Straid
Cliffs, Portrush - Carrick a Rede
Mountstewart. Submitted by Geraldine Wilson - Western Australia
Carrickfergus Marina. Submitted by Barbara Downie
Craigavon lakes. Submitted by Jeremy Clifford
Upper Lough Erne. Submitted by Paul Kennedy
Red bay. Submitted by Sian Johnston, Belfast
Black and White Beach, Ballywalter
The beautiful 'Glens of Antrim'. Submitted by Linda King - Kells
The lake at Mountstewart. Submitted by Geraldine Wilson (Western Australia but just back to NI for holiday)
"Anyone For Tennis?" Portstewart Strand
The Gardens at MOunt Stewart
Belfast Castle. Submitted by Jane McLaughlin Newtownabbey
Birds enjoying the morning sun at Wildlife Park, Carrickfergus
A sunny sail at the Causeway. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry
Narrow Water Keep, Nr Warrenpoint. Submitted by Jennifer Campbell, Newry
View of the Mournes over Barley fields, taken on one of my favourite walks. Submiited by Bernadette Daly, Acton, Poyntzpass
Summer at Crawfordsburn Country Park. Submitted by Artur Pawlowski
Coast Rd Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA
Glenariff Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA
Framed at Glenarm Harbour. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry
Donaghadee Lighthouse at Sunrise. Submitted by Adam Shaw, Bangor
Killynether Forest toward Belfast. Submitted by Robert.Brampton.Canada
Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor
Greyabbey. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor
Whitepark Submitted by Rod Mulholland.Tobermore
Calm After the Storm, Rathlin Harbour. Submitted by Ken Wooster
Scrabo Tower, Newtownards on a stormy saturday. Submitted by Paul Higginson
Mourne March 2010. Submitted by Joe Reid, Castlewellan
Stepping Stones, Tollymore Forest Park. Submitted by Nigel Henderson, Holywood
Waterfalls,Benburb. Submitted by John Shaw,Lisburn
Blackwater Falls, benburb. Submitted by Alan Davison
City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Alan Davison
Walls and Whins, Silent Valley. Submitted by Alan Davison
Fishing Boats, Kilkeel. Submitted by Alan Davison
Shimna River, Newcastle. Submitted by Alan Davison
Reflection of City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Roisin Hall, Belfast
View at Lower Lough Erne on a calm May morning. Submitted by George Glover, Ballinderry.
H & W, Belfast Shipyard.
Bonamargy Abbey, Co Antrim. Submitted by Paul Morrison, Ft.Myers Florida USA
Donaghadee. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast
Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast
Mourn mountains. Submitted by Anisha, Newcastle
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn
Beautiful without colour, Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Julie Mullin
Portstewart strand, Co Antrim. Submitted by Gordon Esler, London
Sunrise at high tide, Islandhill, Comber. Submitted by Nigel Cameron
St. John's Lighthouse, Co Down. Submitted by Steven Hooks
Oxford Island Jetty. Submitted by Steven Hooks
he view from Dundrum Castle on a sunny day, Dundrum, County Down
The wood around Shane's Castle in spring
Cloudy Scrabo Sunset over Strangford Lough. Submitted by Nigel Cameron, Comber
View from the maze at Castlewellan
A quiet tree-lined road in North Antrim.
A reconstruction of St. Patrick's first church, Saul, County Down
little chapel at Saltwaterbrig, County Down
Hannah's Close, Kilkeel
Slieve Donard in Newcastle. Submitted by Andrew McElroy
Stonebridge, Mountjoy West, Omagh, Co Tyrone
Sunset looking towards the Skerries and Inishowen Penisula. Portballintrae
Where are the squirrels? Submitted by Gerry Mullan O Cahan's Rock Limavady
The Beautiful Front of Portush. Submitted by Ruth McCormick from Conlig
Giants Causeway - May 2008. Submitted by Janet Marie Smekar
Red Sails Festival Portstewart. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart
Glens of Antrim. Picture by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada
Valley near Derry. Submitted by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada
Colerain Bridge At night. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart
Swan overlooking Blacklion, taken kayaking early morning Lough McNean. Submitted by Lough McNean, Co Fermanagh
The Bell overflow, Silent Valley
Hobbit's abode, Mountains of Mourne. Submitted by Judith McGinness, Geelong, Australia
County Armagh, beauty of the Apple Blossom.
View to mournes from slieve croob. Submitted by Sarah Scott hillsborough
Near benbradagh, Sperrin mountains. Submited by John Herron, Stroke City
Sunset over Belfast Lough from Bangor. Submitted by Paul Lawther Bangor
Mountstewart Gardens. Submitted by Joyce Dunlop Newtownards
Little castle in Ardglass harbour. Submitted by Peter Riordan. Coconut creek. Florida
River moyola tobermore. Submitted by Rod mulholand.Tobermore
Mount Stewart serenity. Submitted by Awynne in Arkansas
Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry
Gransha Woods, Derry. Submitted Donna Quinn, Derry

These are the dramatic, emotional and eye-catching images which impressed the judges of the Belfast Telegraph’s One Summer’s Day photographic competition.

The keen photographers are the three category winners of the prestigious competition organised by the Belfast Telegraph and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

The winners are Matthew Humphreys (37) from Newtownabbey, who submitted a picturesque photograph of Cave Hill in Belfast; Ultan O’Callaghan (6) from Bessbrook, who took a moving picture of his brother and sister; and 13-year-old Katie Steele, for capturing a lively and atmospheric image at Whiterocks Beach.

Hundreds of keen photographers sent in their snaps to the judging panel of Belfast Telegraph Picture Editor Gerry FitzGerald, Ruth Burns from Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Michael Rafferty from Duffy Rafferty Communications.

Buzzing bees, bounding pets and stunning seaside views were among the wealth of pictures contributed by the army of budding snappers.

Competition entries were split into three categories — one for primary school children, one for secondary school children and a third category for everyone else.

See the entire selection of One Summer's Day pictures in our free supplement with Wednesday's Belfast Telegraph.

The winners of each category will receive a family break in Northern Ireland and the top 100 pictures will be included in a |supplement given away free with this Wednesday’s Belfast Telegraph.

Ultan O’Callaghan took a beautiful picture of his brother Ryan (2) and five-year-old sister Aisling the day before Ryan — who has right ventricular cardiomyopathy — went into hospital for surgery.

Mum Martina said yesterday: “It is very dangerous for Ryan to go under anaesthetic so we always take a lot of photographs before he goes into hospital and we treasure all these moments.”

Ultan added: “I really like taking pictures of my family and was really happy when I heard I won.”

Mr Humphreys, who took the photograph of Cave Hill, said: “What makes Cave Hill so special is that it is a place to escape to for some peace and quiet.

“Little did I know when I took this picture that it would be a winning image. I’m still in complete shock! I just started getting more into photography in the last year.”

And Katie Steele said of her photograph of Whiterocks Beach: “The beach is very special to me as it is close to my house. I visit it almost every week and almost every day in the summer! It is an amazing place.”


People across Northern Ireland were asked to help create a photographic time capsule of the season, for one day only. To take part, amateur photographers had to record what they were doing or seeing on Saturday, June 19. The result is a collection of photographs which give a snapshot of how the province looked on that one summer's day in 2010.

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