Irish Examiner's top readers' pictures revealed

Throughout 2013, the Irish Examiner invited budding photographers to submit their best images to the Readers Photography Competition.

Irish Examiner's top readers' pictures revealed

Each week, two photos were chosen to appear in the Saturday edition of the paper.

Over the course of the year, over 4,000 photos were submitted, and, according to Pictures Editor Jim Coughlan, the standard was extremely high.

“We had a phenomenal response to the competition all throughout 2013,” said Mr Coughlan. “Not only did we receive more than 4,000 entries, but the quality of those entries was just fantastic. It was extremely difficult to pick not only the overall winner, but the runners-up as well. But I’m delighted that so many people took part and we’re going to run the competition again this year. We’re hoping to have even more participation for 2014.”

Today, Rudi Schamhart from Anascaul, County Kerry was announced as the overall winner of the competition bagging the top prize of €1,000 worth of equipment from Bermingham Cameras.

His winning image featured Fungie the Dingle Dolphin saying a friendly hello to Jeannine Masset.

Rudi and Jeannine, both originally from Holland, are avid Fungi-followers and take their boat out each day to interact with him, unless the conditions are stormy.

Rudi said: “Most times I steer the boat and she makes the photographs. But sometimes I’ll take a photo of her with Fundi. I sit on the front of the boat and she’s steering the dingy and fungi comes straight up to us.”

Jeannine adds: “I’ll focus the camera and give it to him and say “you just click when you see something move!”

Second place went to Ruhan Snyders from New Zealand for his striking photo of a Burmese child.

Ruhan said: "My team and I assisted in the evacuation and relief at an IDP camp in Burma/Myanmar, for the approaching cyclone Mahasen. I found this boy amongst a group of people fighting for food rations - his eyes brown and blue from heterochromia."

Bob Hammel snapped up third place for his unique image of his son, Freddie, taking a bath in the kitchen sink; an image that could warm even the coldest of hearts.

Ruhan and Bob each won €250 worth of equipment from Bermingham Cameras for their striking images.

The 2014 Readers Photography Competition is currently accepting entries online via exa.mn/1oy.

Mr Coughlan invited all amateur photographers to take part: “Sometimes people think you have to have a lot of expensive equipment in order to take a good photo, but that’s not the case. Once you have a good eye and a flair for photography, that’s all you need really.

“I’ve seen some amazing amateur photography over the years, so I really would encourage everyone to have a go. Don’t be put off if all you have is a camera phone — sometimes that’s all you need.”

Runners Up

The above photo was submitted by Catherine Howard, from Douglas, County Cork. It shows a tourist standing in a beam of sunlight pouring into St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, early on a January morning.

'Killaloe point to point races' taken by James Feeney from Ennis, County Clare.

This photo of a kingfisher shows how the bird stuns his prey when he takes it back to his perch.

The image was taken by Padraig Molloy from New Ross, County Wexford.

A giraffe takes a bow at Fota Wildlife Park last November. The photographer was Anthony Colbert from Midleton, County Cork.

Claire Horgan, from Inniscarra, County Cork, captured this image at dawn on a brisk October morning in Richmond Park. It's entitled 'A lone deer listens'.

Ann Gregg, a member of Palmerstown Camera Club in Dublin, took the above image on a night out in August. It shows three individuals on a rowing trip on Lough Owel in Mullingar, County Westmeath.

Our final image shows a spectacular sky over Fenit Lighthouse in Tralee, County Kerry.

The moment was captured by Kirk Kelly back in September.

* The Irish Examiner Readers Photography Competition takes place again this year. To enter, click

here and follow the instructions

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