IFA Countryside 2024 Photography Competition

We’re delighted to launch our annual IFA Countryside Photography Competition!

This year’s theme is ‘Nature through the Lens’.

This is your chance to showcase your skills and the beauty of the Irish countryside in your own unique way.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of €500.
But that’s not all, your picture could be featured on our IFA Countryside Christmas Card, sharing your work with our widespread community.

We understand the value of every landscape and creature that makes up our countryside, our land, and our identity.  We want you to capture these unforgettable moments with your lens.
You don’t need to have luxury camera gear; your smartphone and creativity will just serve the purpose.

For some inspiration, take a look at the winning and shortlisted images from our 2023 contest.

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Theme of the 2024 IFA Countryside Photography Competition

Through Nature’s Lens: Exploring the Richness of the Irish Countryside

“Through Nature’s Lens” is a theme that encourages photographers to capture the essence and beauty of the Irish countryside. This theme, at its core, is a celebration of the diverse and captivating features that define Ireland’s natural landscapes, serving as an invitation for people to look deeper into their surroundings and document their discoveries in visually captivating ways.

All-encompassing Nature

The theme welcomes all aspects of the great outdoors, from sweeping landscapes and vast seascapes to the tiniest insects and the most delicate flowers. By choosing a broad and comprehensive theme like ‘Through Nature’s Lens’, the competition encourages the submission of diverse imagery that truly reflects the richness and variety of life in the Irish countryside.

Wildlife and Plants

“Through Nature’s Lens” embraces the vivid diversity of Ireland’s fauna and flora. The theme invites photographers to capture the incredible world of animals, birds, and insects that call Ireland home, as well as the enchanting native and non-native plant species that adorn Irish green spaces and coastal areas.

Embracing Natural Phenomena

The Irish countryside is known for its ever-changing, dramatic weather and displays of natural phenomena. “Through Nature’s Lens” encourages entrants to capture the many moods of the Irish skies and landscapes, from the brilliant shades of an autumn forest to the moody, stormy beaches, or a rainbow slicing through the rain-grey horizon.

A Glimpse into Local Culture

The theme also encompasses the interaction between human and natural landscapes. Photographers could depict rural life, capturing historical buildings, stone walls, farming practices, country roads, or festivals that reveal how Irish rural communities live in harmony with their surroundings.

Celebrating Beauty in the Ordinary

“Through Nature’s Lens” encourages photographers to find beauty in the everyday, capturing the smaller details that often go unnoticed. Whether it’s the dewdrops on a spider’s web, the play of light in an autumn woodland, or a field blanketed with colourful wildflowers, the theme celebrates the magic of Ireland’s nature.

In summary, “Through Nature’s Lens” is a theme that encourages the exploration and portrayal of the richness and beauty of the Irish countryside in all its aspects. By showcasing the allure of Ireland’s landscapes, seascapes, flora, fauna, and rural life, the competition will reveal the many facets that make up the country’s natural treasures. 


Prize and Deadline Details

There will be one overall winner who will receive a €500 cash prize.

Entries must not have won other national or international competitions. 

The winner will be chosen by a judging panel whose decision will be final.  Keep an eye on our social media platforms for our feature favourites.

We can only accept online entries which are uploaded to our official entry form

You must submit your entries by 15th November 2024

Please read the full Terms and Conditions before entering the competition.

So dust of those camera skills and get snapping!

Entry Form

To submit your entry, please complete the following details

Accepted file types: jpg, png, Max. file size: 50 MB.
Upload your photo in .jpg or .png format. The maximum file size is 50MB.

Terms & Conditions

All images must be taken in Ireland (including its Islands and Sea Territories) and submitted by midnight 15th November 2024.

The Judges’ decision is final and binding in all situations; no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering the competition and submitting your photo, you hereby grant IFA a license to use your photograph.

Entry to the Competition shall be deemed full acceptance of the terms & conditions.

Images of nesting birds will not be accepted. Be aware that under Section 23 (6)(b) of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (as amended), a person requires a license to take or make photographic, video or other pictures of a protected wild animal of a species specified in the license, on or near the breeding place of such an animal. You can read more about this here.

An animal’s welfare must come first. Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress an animal or damage its habitat in an attempt to secure an image.

All entries must include a valid email address.

File names should include the title of the image.

All images for entry must be submitted using the official entry form.

Images should be in Landscape format.

Images must be in JPEG format

Images should be 100% quality (JPEG)

By participating in this photo competition, you agree to allow IFA to contact you for marketing purposes, including but not limited to information about our products, services, promotions and other items of interest.  You may receive communications via email, phone or other channels.  If you do not wish to receive such communications, you may opt-out by following the instructions provided in the communication.