Alan Hopps has been announced as the overall winner in the Ring of Gullion Photography Competition. It marks a special year for Markethill man Alan who also took runner up spot in the landscape section of the 2017 Farmers Weekly photography competition.

This years theme "The Four Seasons" saw a lot of deliberation by the judges due to the high standard of entries.

Alan Hopps winning image took the January slot in the 2018 Calendar. Photograph: Alan Hopps
Alan Hopps winning image took the January slot in the 2018 Calendar. Photograph: Alan Hopps

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “It was a pleasure that I joined Enda Flynn of Cooley Wildlife Photography and Brendan McSherry to be part of the judging panel. The Ring of Gullion Photography Competition is in it’s seventh year and this year’s theme was ‘The Four Seasons in the Ring of Gullion’. The entries included photographs of great buildings, historical sites, activities and the outstanding landscape in the area.”

Cllr Mulgrew continued, “Well done to the overall winner Alan Hopps and the under 14 winner Art Palmer. I would also like to congratulate Jonny Savage and Marie McCartan who came second and third respectively in the competition. All the photographs were excellent especially the under 14 entrees. I would also like to give a special mention and recognition to to Cathal McDonnell, Arlene Crummy, Patrick McCartan, Elaine McCann, Gerry McGovern, Laurentia McVerry, Brian Tomany, Seán Mac Diarmada, and Rosemary Mulholland as their photos will feature in the Ring of Gullion Calendar for 2018.”

Newry Mourne and Down District Council and the Ring of Gullion AONB project are showcasing the excellent entrees in the annual Photography Competition in Ti Chulainn Centre in Mullaghbane until the end of January. Copies of the calendar are available at the Ring of Gullion Office in Crossmaglen and also the Visitor Information Point in Slieve Gullion Forest Park. The photography competition will be taking a break for 2018 with plans to re-launch a new competition in 2019.

For more information about the Ring of Gullion visit: www.ringofgullion.org

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