Click through the gallery of images above to see the 12 finalists and eight runner ups.

RTÉ and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland with the Office of Public Works present Eye on Nature - Ireland's national wildlife photographic competition.

This year's competition was launched in January 2022 on RTÉ's Mooney Goes Wild and The Today Show and celebrates the flora and fauna of our island. It received an overwhelming response with more than 3,000 entries.

Finalist: Red squirrel (Lora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) by Jimmy McDonnell, Co. Wexford.
Finalist: Red squirrel (Iora Rua, Sciurus vulgaris) by Jimmy Mc Donnell, Co. Wicklow.

The judging panel; Dr Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens; Anne Sommerfield, award-winning filmmaker; and Mike Brown, award-winning wildlife photographer, chose the 12 finalists you see exhibited above, including the overall winner.

Also included in the gallery above are eight incredible shots from the runner ups.

These photographs represent the rich natural heritage that Ireland has to offer, showcasing our island's biodiversity.

Speaking on the competition, Derek Mooney said: "Most of us only ever catch a fleeting glimpse of wildlife. The beauty of these twelve finalists' photographs is that they enable us to enjoy that moment over and over."

Badger (Broc, Meles meles)
Finalist: Badger (Broc, Meles meles) by Tristan Bane, Ards Peninsula, Co. Down.

Tune into Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday, 25 April, to find out how the finalists got their perfect 'shot', the type of camera they used, the time of day they took the picture, and how much effort went into capturing the image of their chosen subject.

On April 27th 2022, Derek Mooney will announce the winner of the competition live from the National Botanic Gardens on The Today Show on RTÉ One and present the winning photographer with the Eye on Nature trophy and a prize of €1,000.

In the coming months, the exhibition will travel to other Office of Public Works sites across the country.