Hook photo voted number one

By Esther Hayden

Published 10/11/2015 | 00:00

Hook Lighthouse taken by Michael J Foley. Winner of the 2015 Wiki Loves Monuments competition.
Hook Lighthouse taken by Michael J Foley. Winner of the 2015 Wiki Loves Monuments competition.

A photograph of Hook Head lighthouse by Michael J Foley has won the 2015 Wiki Loves Monuments competition.

An impressive 1,659 photographs of Ireland's leading heritage sites were entered into this year's competition, from 296 amateur and professional photographers.

Michael Foley's beautiful picture of Hook Lighthouse was rated number one by the judges followed by Michelle Ronan's picture of Carlow's Duckett's Grove.

His photograph shows off Hook Lighthouse and Hook Head in all its glory.

The Wiki Loves Monuments competition aims to raise awareness of Ireland's national monuments and create a crowd-sourced bank of quality photos that will be free to use for education.

This year the list of eligible monuments was expanded from 503 locations to 970 and now includes historic houses and graveyards. The top ten Irish images have been entered into the international competition.

In total there were 26 eligible Wexford monuments open to the photographers. These are Ferns Abbey, St Peter's Church, Ferns, Dunbrody Abbey, Vinegar Hill Windmill, St Mary's Church, New Ross, Selskar Priory Church, Ballyhack Castle, Ferns Castle, Ferns Cathedral, Tintern Abbey, Wells House, Christ Church, Gorey, Saint Iberius Church, St Abban's Cross, Toome Church, St David's Well, St Brigid's Well, Clone Church, Enniscorthy Castle, 'Ferrycarrig Tower', Hook Lighthouse, Sigginstown Tower, Slade Castle, St Dubhan's Church, St Ibar's Church and Templetown Church.

The full selection of winning photos is available here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2015_winners#Ireland

Rebecca O'Neill, Wikimedia Ireland said: 'After the success of last year, we were delighted to see the fantastic photos that were submitted for this year's Wiki Loves Media competition. We inspired 296 photographers to get out and photograph their local heritage sites in 2015, up from 256 last year. As a result 1,659 original images of Ireland's heritage sites were produced.

'The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. The Wiki Loves Monuments competition does exactly that, with the added bonus of creating a freely accessible database of national monument images. We are delighted to be able to raise awareness of the benefits of open knowledge and to increase participation in its creation and preservation.'

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