Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Amateur Photography Competition 2024

The management teams of the Ring of Gullion, Mournes and Strangford and Lecale AONBs are launching their joint Amateur Photography Competition once again.

This popular competition gives people across the three areas a great way to showcase their love of their AONBs through high-quality beautiful photography; we want to inspire everyone to enjoy the AONBs, by encouraging everyone to share their two passions: the beauty of the area and photography!

Our amateur photography competition will open on December 1st 2023! The title for this year’s competition is ‘Magnificent Mourne Gullion Strangford! Our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty through the seasons.’ 

The theme is open to individual interpretation. You might choose to photo wildlife (which includes animals and plants), landscapes, or even the weather.

This competition will close on 16th August 2024 at 5pm, and the winning photographs selected by the judging panel will form the ever popular AONB Calendar for 2025.

Image credit: Leah Kerr



Prizes will be awarded to winners of the under and over 18 category winners. A runner-up or second prize will also win a prize in over the 18yrs old category.

Over 18yrs old category

1st prize over 18yrs old – £100 cheque

2nd prize over 18yrs old – £50 cheque

Under 18yrs old category

1st prize under 18 yrs old – £50 cheque


Annual Photography Competition (see the rules for full list of requirements).

  • Entrants can submit up to four photos as an electronic copy (max 10mb) in colour or black and white. Hard copy images cannot be accepted. It is recommended to be at least 1200 pixels on the longest length.
  • A high-resolution image with a minimum of 6MB, preferably over 10MB, will be requested if entries are shortlisted and entrants may be disqualified at the judge’s discretion if high resolution images are not provided when requested.
  • Entrants must not be professional photographers and, for the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
  • Pictures of domestic animals (eg pets), animals in captivity and cultivated plants are not eligible.
  • Only photos taken in the 3 AONBs will be accepted. You can view the boundary by downloading the maps below.

Please download the rules of entry below, or call the Ring of Gullion/ Strangford and Lecale AONB Officers for more information.


Ring of Gullion AONB MapDOWNLOAD

Strangford and Lecale AONB MapDOWNLOAD


AONB Amateur Photography Competition 2024 Privacy Notice


AONB Amateur Photography Competition 2024 Rules


Timetable for Competition

  • The competition is opens for entries on 1st December 2023.
  • Closing date is 5pm is 16th August 2024.
  • Overall Winners will be announced in September 2024.
  • The Calendar featuring all the winners will be available from December 2024.


There are two age categories for entrants, Over and Under 18 years old.

Submit your entries

This competition will be open for entries from December 1st 2023!

AONB Photography Competition 2024

Amateur Photography Competition in the Ring of Gullion, Mourne and Strangford and Lecale

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