Belfast Telegraph

Purple reigns in the Mourne mountains

By Staff Reporter

An image captured in the Mourne Mountains has won Trail Magazine's UK Mountain Photo of the Year 2016.

Ryan Simpson's shot of Pierce's Castle beat hundreds of entrants in Trail magazine's annual competition to win over £2,000 of Nikon camera equipment.

Ryan said: "My Pierce's Castle photo was taken in August just as the purple heather began to fully blossom across the Mournes. There had been a thin haze across the hills for most of the day and I knew the potential existed for something atmospheric shortly after sunset.

Trail editor Simon Ingram said: "For all its fine execution and beauty, I think this image also captured people's imaginations because it's such an evocative, unfamiliar location."

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