Portarlington snapper brings Garryhinch to the nation

A PORTARLINGTON photographer has been granted the honour of having his work seen by the nation, following his recent success in the RTE Weather Photo Competition with a stunning picture of Garryhinch in winter.

A PORTARLINGTON photographer has been granted the honour of having his work seen by the nation, following his recent success in the RTE Weather Photo Competition with a stunning picture of Garryhinch in winter.

Con Murphy, of Rosecourt Lawns, Portarlington, entered a photograph of Garryhinch Bridge coated in snow into the recent round of the competition, which offers members of the public the chance to have their scenic snaps featured on screen during the RTE weather bulletins.

This is the second time Con has submitted a photograph, after coming runner-up last autumn, and he was delighted to be named overall winner and awarded a prestigious piece of Dublin pottery, at a special prize-giving ceremony at the RTE studios in June.

“We were treated like a king and queen,” enthused Con, who was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Rose. “We got a tour of the TV and radio studios and saw Joe Duffy and where they film The Late, Late Show.”

His winning entry in the RTE competition was a last minute decision, as his image of the Garryhinch Bridge was captured purely by chance.

“I’ve walked over that bridge a thousand times, but this day I looked back and saw it covered in snow,” he explained, adding how exciting it was to see his photo featured on the weather forecasts for weeks, highlighting the natural beauty of Portarlington.

A carpenter by trade, Con moved into photography following the downturn in the building industry and describes himself as largely self-taught. After completing a course in wedding photography he has recently set up his own photographic and framing service, which can be accessed at www.conmurphyphotography.ie. Besides the RTE weather competition, Con has previously been celebrated for his artist’s eye, with an All-Ireland medal from the Irish Photographic Federation for his image of a deer in Emo.

The spring/summer photographic competition is now open on the RTE website, for anyone who fancies capturing the splendour of Laois. Photographs must feature urban scenes or cityscapes, landmarks or wildlife, with one winner and five runners up having their photographs selected to provide the backdrop for RTÉ weather’s on-screen broadcasts. It is best not to include recognisable people or brands and only colour photographs in a landscape format are acceptable. A panel of judges nominated by RTÉ will select winners and their decision is final. Amateur photographers only may enter and the closing date for the latest round is this Friday, July 22. For more information, visit www.rte.ie/weather.