New Landscape Photography Competition

Cllr. Peggy Nolan MCC has suggested to the County Arts Office that we use the extensive reservoir of photography talent in the county to capture the natural and unspoiled beauty of the Longford countryside, its towns and villages. We are blessed to live in what the late environmentalist Dick Warner described as; “the last great wilderness in Western Europe.”

We are also blessed with a huge number of amateur and professional photographers in the county. Bearing in mind that over five hundred enthusiastic photographers from around the region availed of the courses provided by the Midlands College of Photography a number of years ago.

Through combining these two great assets the County Arts Office has decided to launch Longford Landscapes a photographic competition culminating in an exhibition in May 2019. Longford County Council is providing generous prize money €750.00 plus a framed citation for the winning entry with a further €350.00 plus framed citations for the two runners up.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers. Emphasis will be given by the adjudicators to photographs that capture the beauty of our towns, villages and countryside in a new and refreshing way. When one thinks of the beauty of Longford’s Mall or the villages of Newtowncashel, Abbeyshrule or Ardagh it is easy to appreciate the variety and scope for great photographs.

Photographs need not have been taken specifically for this competition as we are aware that photographers may have gems stored away in boxes or on hard drives. It is only necessary that the images are original, be by the photographer and have been taken in County Longford.

Only submission received by e-mail at the following address will be
accepted :

Longford Landscapes Competition Rules

1. The Competition

  • is a landscape/streetscapes of Longford photography competition open to all ages and amateur/professional photographers everywhere.
  • €750.00 + Citation will be presented to the winning entry.
    €350.00 +Citations will be presented to the two runners up.
  • Winning entries including shortlisted submission will be exhibited in Longford in May 2019
  • Should the quality of submissions be of a sufficient and sustained standard the organising committee may also decide to publish those images as a print collection.
  • Closing date for submissions of entries is 13th April at 5pm
  • Prize winners and exhibition entrants will be informed by the organising committee no later than 18th April
  • Only submission received by e-mail at the following address will be accepted :

2. Photographers

  • entrants under the Age of 18 years must have permission from parent or guardian to enter competition
  • can submit any number of images
  • the subject of all entries must be landscapes and streetscapes of Longford
  • the photographer or their representatives warrant that they are fully authorised and entitled to enter into the agreements contained in these rules, in respect of all rights in the work including ownership, copyright, moral rights, the rights of the people, names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the photographs, and that no further permissions or conditions are required to deliver these agreements.
  • the photographer or their representatives agree that the photographs submitted may be exhibited as part of the Longford Landscapes Competition Exhibition at any venue and may be included in a bound print collection.
  • the photographer or their representatives agree unconditionally that the Longford Landscapes Competition committee may reproduce any exhibited photographs for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the Longford Landscapes Competition and in the promotion of Longford , in all media worldwide including the exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, postcards, the Internet and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Longford Landscapes Competition also reserves the right to reproduce selected images for core non-commercial purposes, indefinitely, as a public record.
  • the photographer will be credited for the use of their work, wherever practicable, as the  Longford Landscapes Competition exists in part to raise the profile of the exhibiting artists.
  • The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the photographer. Photographers are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against such risks. The sponsor or the Longford Landscapes Competition shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.

3 Photographs

  • must be the photographer’s own work.
  • images must be 4500 pixels on the smallest side
  • must be landscape/streetscape. ‘Landscape/Streetscape’ may be interpreted in its widest sense, of ‘photography concerned with portraying the unique nature of Longford and its natural beauty.
  • can be black and white or colour.
  • Entries must be emailed for the selection process. 

4 Judging

  • The decision of the judges is final and no discussion or correspondence can be entered into. The judges reserve the right to vary the prizes or not to make any award.
  • The entire competition is judged, on an equal basis. Judges are provided with guidelines for procedures relating to the process, the judging and any conflicts of interest.
  • Photographers will be notified of the judge’s decision by email by 18th April.