Press Release 13th of September 2018: Dublin Green Communities Photography Awards 2018.



13th of September 2018



STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 11:59 pm on Wednesday the 12th of September 2018



Dublin Green Communities Photography Awards 2018


Today, An Taisce Environmental Education announced the winners of the new Green Communities Garden Photography Competition.

Celebrating the beauty and diverse character of Ireland’s Community Gardens. These community green spaces have brought a breath of fresh air to many city streets, and estates, as well as delivering community amenities in rural villages and towns across Ireland. These garden projects have contributed a great deal to our collective quality of life over the last decade, sometimes in unexpected ways. Their contribution towards community interaction is strengthened by community gardening’s inclusivity. Indeed gardening is one of the few activities that people from all walks of life can and do engage in.


To celebrate all the hard won successes from scores of different community gardens, allotments, community orchards, and volunteer landscaping projects, this new Green Communities photo competition promotes the best images of community green space projects from across the whole country in one exhibition. The photography competition was opened to everyone, the only requirement being for photographs that feature volunteer community green spaces. All such projects and their neighbourhoods stand to benefit from this national promotion of successful horticultural improvement. By bringing together the best images of these gardens An Taisce Green Communities celebrates the success of your community spirit in making Ireland a greener place for people, plants, and biodiversity.


Nearly 40 different community gardens, allotments, orchards and community parks entered this first year of the new garden photography competition. With a prize fund of over €1,000 there are three categories in the competition; Garden Activity, Nature in the Garden, and Landscapes/Citiscapes.


2018 Winners:

Gardening Activity:


1st Prize: Bridie McAndrew

Ballina Karen Community Garden

2nd Prize: Samantha Nicholl

Sean Walsh Park Sensory Garden

3rd Prize: Samantha Nicholl

Sean Walsh Park Sensory Garden



Nature in the Garden:


1st Prize: Bridie McAndrew

Ballina Karen Community Garden

2nd Prize: Jacqueline Sheenan

Solas Glan Community Garden

3rd Prize: Agnieszka Szewc

Powerstown Allotment



Landscapes and Cityscapes:


1st Prize: Martin Obst

NCAD Community Garden

2nd Prize: Bridie McAndrew

Ballina Karen Community Garden

3rd Prize: Dave Dodd

Holywell Educate Together Sensory Garden



Transdev Prize


Derek O’Reilly

Broadstone Community Garden



This new environmental photograph completion is proudly supported by Diageo, and Transdev; Luas operator, and Dublin City Council.




Green Communities is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce.

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