Nature Matters Photography Competition 2014

Busy bee by Debbie Deboo, Winner of our Nature Matters Photo Competition 2014Busy bee by Debbie Deboo, Winner of our Nature Matters Photo Competition 2014

Our 2014 competition has now closed. The competition called for photographers of all ages and abilities, to capture Ulster’s amazing wildlife and wonderful wild places.

The entries were judged by a panel of experts with an over-all winner picked through an online public vote. The 12 winning photographs were on public display in Belfast City Hall from 1-20th September 

The Categories, Winners and Sponsors

Our 12 category prizes were kindly sponsored by a range of local businesses including M&S, Alive Surf School, Black & Lizars, Denman, Diveskool, DV Diving, Jackson Sports, the Sunflower Bar, Belfast and Wildlife Watch (each prize to the value of £100.00). 

Winners will also receive a 2015 ‘Nature Matters’ Calendar, featuring the winning images, and were invited to the Opening of the ‘Nature Matters’ Photographic Exhibition at Belfast City Hall on 30 August.

The overall winner's prize was a D5200 18-55VR camera kit (RRP £579.99) kindly sponsored by Black & Lizars. 

Category Winner Kindly sponsored by
Wildlife Portrait 

Laurence Martin
Black guillemots at rest

Urban Wildlife

Ronald Surgenor
Seal contemplating jumping the Lagan Weir 

Plant Life (land/coastal/sea) Gavin Ferguson
Ulster Wildlife Nature Reserves

Stephanie O’Neill 
Greylag goose, gracious landing 

Living Landscapes

Brian McCready
Day like this, Mournes

Living Seas Nigel Jamison
Ripples & Groynes
Nature in Flight  Debbie Deboo
Busy Bee
Under Water

Adam Davidson
Nudibranch portrait

Nature and You

Stephen McEwanLyon
Catching bugs & Mountains

Nature Up Close

Colin Gamble
Blue damselfy

Budding Photographers (Age 12 – 18) 

Margaret McNulty
Robing growing up fast

Budding Photographers (Under 12’s) Daniel Marshall



















































The Judging Panel 

Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye Northern Ireland - Award winning Press & PR photography agency

Robert Stewart - Photographic Manager at Black & Lizars

Alan McKnight - Corporate Community Investment Manager at Bombardier Aerospace

Dr Roy Ramsay - Member of Ulster Wildlife Board of Directors and former CEO of Northern Ireland Environment Agency

'Nature Matters' Photography Exhibition at Belfast City Hall

This year our ‘Nature Matters’ 2014 Photographic Exhibition was launched at Belfast City Hall and was generously sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace. The Photography Exhibition will run from 1 - 20th September 2014.

On the opening day - Saturday 30th August – there was a morning reception for our winners, sponsors and invited guests. Here we announced the Overall Winner, voted by the public via a social media campaign in August.

Exhibition Photographs

Thank you to 4 corners for agreeing to cover the production costs for the 12 quality prints for the exhibition at Belfast City Hall.