Reflecting on a Festive Win

One budding photographer was ‘Loving Christmas in Longford’ this past winter, after winning a €200 Ganly’s voucher in the Longford Leader’s festive photography competition.

Late last year, the Longford Leader put out a call to photographers all over the county to capture their interpretation of ‘Loving Christmas in Longford’ to be in with a chance of winning the top prize.

The entries quickly poured in, but it was a thought-provoking photograph on the theme of reflection that caught the judges’ eyes.

This photograph, which shows four friends and the beautiful St Mel’s Cathedral reflected in a Christmas bauble, was taken by Meán Scoil Mhuire student Beibhinn Mulcahy, who was in the midst of a photography module as part of the Longford Schools Photography programme.

“I always had an interest in taking photographs, but I only got the chance to study photography this year as part of the Transition Year programme with our teacher, Shelley Corcoran,” Beibhinn explained. “I really enjoyed the photography class and look forward to it every Thursday.

“Shelley makes the class very interesting and creative with her unique themes, ideas and techniques.”

Shelley had encouraged her class to enter the competition, a challenge which Beibhinn approached with great enthusiasm and plenty of careful thought.

Giving an insight into her creation and her choice of the theme of ‘reflection’ Beibhinn revealed; “I thought this word described the time of year, as during Christmas we reflect on the birth of Christ, and I used the Cathedral to symbolise the religious significance of this time of year.

“We also reflect on family and friends at this time and I therefore used my four friends in the picture.

“I took the photo by standing behind the four girls and peering the camera over their shoulders,” Beibhinn continued. “I told one of the girls to hold the bauble at a distance so that the Cathedral and girls were both visible in it.

“I was totally shocked when I heard I won the competition as there were so many good entries,” Beibhinn said, admitting that she was ‘delighted’ to see her artwork feature so prominently on the front page of the Longford Leader’s Christmas edition.

“It looked so professional and eye-catching,” Beibhinn smiled. “It was a great honour for me.”