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Mayo's Built Heritage Photography Competition

In September 2012, Mayo County Council's Heritage Office sought entries to its Built Heritage Photography Competition in 3 categories: Junior (Under 10) Youth (10-17) Adult (18+)

Mayo's built heritage is an important part of the county's heritage. We invited you to explore your local area and capture this heritage in a photograph. We were looking for photographs of built heritage in the county, including country houses, vernacular buildings, bridges, street furniture, artefacts, ironmongery, gate posts, limekilns, buildings of transport and industry (mills, warehouses etc.)

Judging criteria included: Originality and creativity; Demonstration of an understanding of the built heritage of the county; and Photographic content and composition.

The winning entries were announced at a prize-giving ceremony in Macalla Hall, Lough Lannagh on Thursday 13th December, when the Mayo Built Heritage Calendar 2013, was also launched. The calendar includes the winning images along with images from other sources, and is available from Mayo County Council offices and local libraries. Congratulations to all the winners!

The winning entries are as follows and can be viewed below:

Adult (18 +)

1st Place: Chris Randolph, Kinturk Castle, Ballyheane

2nd Place: Aurore (Dawn) Blanquier, St Mary’s Holy Well, Rosserk

3rd place: Brian Wilson “Looking Back in Time”, Moonlit Signal Tower, at Glosh, Tarmon Hill, Blacksod

Highly Commended: Robert Gibbons “Shades of Grey”  Mayo Abbey in Snow; Chris Ledwith “Doonamona Tower House”


Youth (10-17)

1st Place: Emma Rogan, “View through the Gate”. Christchurch, Church of Ireland, Castlebar

2nd Place: Lauren Faull “Two smoking barrels at my door”, Vernacular stone cottage, Ballyvary

3rd place: Conor Kerins “Post Box, Newport

Highly Commended: Paul Brennan, Vernacular Stone Building, Kilkelly


Junior (Under 10)

1st Place: Aoibheann Mangan “Amongst the tall trees”, Church ofIreland Church and Graveyard, Hollymount

2nd Place: Donncha Boles “Ancient Home”, Stone ringfort overlooking Knappagh, near Westport

3rd place: Cian Mangan “In the shade of a tree”, Historic Bridge at Hollymount Demense


This project is an action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan 2011-2016 and is supported by The Heritage Council

Winners of Mayo's Built Heritage Photography Competition

Pictured below at the Mayo Built Heritage Photo Competition prize giving (from l to r) Paddy Gibbons, Chris Randolph, Dawn Blanquier, Cllr Cyril Burke, Cathaoirleach MCC, Deirdre Cunningham, Heritage Officer, Chris Ledwith and Brian Wilson.


Pictured below at the Mayo Built Heritage Photo Competition prize giving (from l to r) Cllr Cyril Burke, Cathaoirleach MCC, Aoibheann Mangan, Cian Mangan, Conor Kerins, Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Heritage Officer and Paul Brennan.

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