The beautiful setting of Kenagh’s Corlea Trackway Interpretative Centre was the venue for the latest collaboration between Longford photographers and Longford environmentalists when the great and the good, the talented and the enthusiastic of the local photography scene launch a beautiful collection of landscape photography – Longford Landscapes on Tuesday the 15th March.
The original brainchild of the current Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Councillor Peggy Nolan the images contained in the collection were originally submitted to an environmental photography competition proposed by Cllr. Nolan. According to the councillor: “I initially proposed this project because, as a proud Longford woman I wished to highlight all the wonderful things that Longford has to offer. Not just our natural environment with its unspoiled biodiversity but also the picture postcard towns and villages that are sprinkled throughout the county.
The great value of photography competitions and publications such as this is that it affords out artists the opportunity to hold a mirror up to the beauty of our natural and urban spaces to remind us of the riches therein and the pride that we should justifiably have in ‘our own place’ – Longford.”
The initial competition was administered by well – know Longford photographer Shelley Corcoran who also curated the book. Shelley, an award winning photographer in her own right was immensely impressed by the quality of the work
The Longford Landscapes photography competition and resulting book was supported and funded by Longford County Council. County Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy felt that the quality and amount of work submitted to the competition is a very good indication of a resurgence of interest in photography in a county that already has a long tradition of photography.” In light of the recent resurgence in photography locally the County Arts Office intends to schedule an active programme of photography classes, exhibitions and workshops of the Summer months.”
The overall winner was Lanesborough photographer Brigid Mulooly whose stunning photograph appears on the book cover. Longford Landscapes will be on sale at the launch on Tuesday 15th March in Corlea Trackway Centre all are welcome.