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Photography contest inspired by environmental awareness run by Co Antrim funeral directors

The winning entry by Clive Harbinson

A PHOTOGRAPHY contest inspired by environmental awareness has been run by a Co Antrim funeral directors.

The aim of the competition, organised by Mulhollands Funeral Directors, was to engage communities amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

It also was organised to help raise environmental awareness with people asked to send in pictures of wildlife, nature and the environment.

From Portaferry to Ballintoy, a number of breath-taking entries were received with images captured in towns and villages across the north. The winning entry captured a river running under a bridge in Tollymore Forest Park in Co Down.

Winner Clive Harbinson said: "I went to the park to take a series of photos for Carrickfergus Street Photography and a strong wind suddenly picked up, swirling leaves all around the river that ran under the bridge.

"I set the camera's exposure delay to 20 seconds which created a beautiful ripple effect of the leaves racing across the surface."

Winning a £200 photography equipment voucher, Mr Harbinson said he plans to spend it on new camera filters.

"Various filters can help smooth out and enhance scenery which, as a primarily landscape photographer, will help me secure more shots like this one," he said.

With some advice for budding photographers, he added: "Make sure you always bring the right equipment for the right shot.

"There's nothing worse than being unprepared when the scenery suddenly aligns for a great photo."

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