There were no Connor winners in the Church of Ireland Central Communications Board’s photography competition unfortunately, but it is definitely worth sharing the entries that did pick up the prizes.
The results of the competition, on a theme of ‘New Beginnings,’ were announced on May 5 at the 2022 General Synod in Assembly Buildings, Belfast.
In first place is a colourful view inside Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, by Jeff Marshall, described by the competition judge as ‘a pleasing scene full of vibrancy that conveys very well the warm feeling often found inside the church sanctuary.’ It was taken on Easter Sunday this year, as worshippers prepared to celebrate the Resurrection.
In second place is Ian Gordon’s photograph of a rainbow at his home parish church, in Saintfield, Co Down, on Christmas Eve 2021. The judge said it was ‘a lovely reminder of God’s promise amid a picturesque scene.’
And in third place is a panorama of Lough Melvin, from Garrison, Co Fermanagh, looking across the border to the Leitrim Hills, which was taken by Pauline Carson in March of this year. Pauline is a member of Kiltyclogher Parish, Co Leitrim. The judge noted this as ‘another lovely reminder of this beautiful part of the world we’re blessed to call home.’
The competition was kindly sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance and prizes were presented by Bishop Pat Storey, Chair of the Central Communications Board.
Bishop Storey said: “We’re grateful to everyone who took part in this competition for seeking out signs of new beginnings as we emerge into brighter times.
“The quality of the photos submitted is a reflection of the creativity which exists across our Church and which helps us to communicate stories of hope and faith around our island.”