Eye on Nature: Photographic Competition - COMPETITION CLOSED


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If you notice something unusual in the natural world in your garden or on your travels or have a question about wildlife, ask the Mooney Goes Wild experts! We will do our best to get you the answer but remember a picture paints a thousand words so, if it is possible and safe to do so, take a picture and send it to Mooney@rte.ie

Larry Doherty from Thurles in Co Tipperary is the overall winner of the inaugural RTÉ Eye on Nature wildlife photography competition. Larry took this amazing picture of an Orange Ladybird.

Larry Doherty with his trophy

The inaugural RTÉ Eye On Nature trophy

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and we look forward to seeing more of your pictures next year. 

Look through our gallery to see the finalists of Ireland's newest national wildlife photographic competition.

Marcin Kaczmarkiewicz | Swan cygnet (Eala bhalbh, Cygnus olor). River Barrow, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow.

Larry Doherty | Orange ladybird (bóin Dé buí, Halyzia sedecimguttata). Cabragh. Wetlands, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ruth Kelly | Grey seal pup (Lao Mara, Halichoerus grypus). Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford.

Tristan Bane | Red fox cub on logs (Sionnach, Vulpes vulpes). Ravenhill, Belfast, Co.Antrim.

Edele Cunningham | Fallow buck amongst trees (Fia buí, Dama dama). Phoenix Park, Dublin, Co. Dublin.

Paul Fetherstonhaugh | Jay with red squirrel (Iora rua; scréachóg choille, Sciurus vulgaris; Garrulus glandarius). Garryhinch, Co. Laois.

Johnny Mitchell | Hare (Giorria, Lepus timidus). Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.

Philip Greaves | Patchwork leafcutter bee (Beach gearrthóir duille, Megachile centuncularis). Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Tom McDonnell | Hares boxing (Giorria, Lepus timidus). Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.

James Crombie | Starling murmuration (Druid, Sturnus vulgaris). Lough Ennell, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Feargal Quinn | Barn owl (Scréachóg reilige, Tyto alba). Ballyfin, Co. Laois.

Andrew Yeates | Kingfishers mating (Cruidín, Alcedo atthis). River Boyne, Navan, Co. Meath.


Welcome to the Eye on Nature Wildlife Photographic Competition... and your chance to be part of a photographic exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens and win a cash prize of €1000. 

Eye On Nature is a new partnership with RTÉ and OPW/Botanic Gardens for a brand new wildlife photography competition with TV, radio and digital programme partners: The Today Show, Mooney Goes Wild and rte.ie

Running from January 11 until February 5, the competition will culminate in a photographic exhibition in March at the National Botanic Gardens with the overall winner of the  cash prize of €1000 announced live on air on The Today Show. Whether you're using a camera or a phone for your photograph we encourage you to use the highest possible resolution jpeg image to a maximum size of 150MB when you are submitting your entry. 


The aim is to showcase the beauty of the wildlife in the Irish landscape.

The winning photographs will also be published on RTÉ.ie/nature Please see T&Cs



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