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11 OCT

Photography Award opens to celebrate the beauty of Blarney Castle


International Garden Photographer of the Year has launched a unique special award in partnership with Blarney Castle & Gardens.

The special award will accompany a major International Garden Photographer of the Year outdoor exhibition at Blarney opening in summer 2020.

This free-to-enter special award aims to celebrate the famous castle plus the magical landscape and gardens through photography encouraging tourists and the local community to take part.

Visitors can make a journey through diverse surroundings from tranquil to serene, to mystical and magical places. From the top of the castle wonderful views reveal over 60 acres of sprawling parklands which include gardens, avenues, arboretums and waterways. There really are countless opportunities for photographers of all skill levels.

The Blarney Castle & Gardens Photography Award opened for entries on September 23rd 2019 and closes on June 1st 2020.

Selected winners will feature at the 2020 outdoor exhibition in Blarney Castle Gardens, prizes awarded by Blarney include:

1st Place Prize: €1,500 EURO
2nd Place Prize: €1,000 EURO
3rd Place Prize: €500 EURO


James McGlinchey, Exhibitions Manager of International Garden Photographer of the Year said:

To return to Blarney Castle is special. To be running and exhibiting a special award for Blarney is magical. I look forward to seeing how visitors have become inspired.

Paul O’Sullivan, Marketing Manager said:

We are really excited for this competition and the wonderful partnership with IGPOTY. With so many talented photographers locally and visiting from around the world we are looking forward to seeing the high standard of entries. The previous exhibition was fantastic and next years I am sure will be even better!


Photo © Blarney Castle & Gardens

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