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Global Wind Day Photo Competition Winners

13 June, 2013

IWEA Announces Winners of Global Wind Day Photo Competition

Winners Bring Fresh Perspective of Wind Energy

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has announced the winners of its Global Wind Day photo competition supported by Energia, SSE Renewables and Siemens, which aims to highlight the benefits of harnessing wind power to replace unsustainable fossil fuels. Global Wind Day takes place annually on June 15th and is being marked in Ireland through a series of events across the country including ‘Walk and Talk’ open days at numerous wind farms across Ireland. Global Wind day is supported by the UN and by the Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union.

1. First prize:

Photographer Paul Whelan highlights the need to create a sustainable future in order to protect the wellbeing of future generations. Location: Tournafulla wind farm, Co.Limerick
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Name of Entrant: Paul Whelan

"What we do today matters more tomorrow. Innovation investment and inspiration for new energy will be thanked by future generations this will be my legacy. Reaching out to the next generations and providing the most natural of resources create the sustainable future which our youth deserve."

Runners Up

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Name of Entrant: Keith Arkins

Photographer Keith Arkins highlights how wind turbines can become immersed in their environment and often complement their surroundings. Location: Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry.

"This image was taken as part of a photo essay on behalf of Mainstream Renewable Power to show the construction of their first wind farm based in Cahersiveen Co. Kerry. In the last hour of a two day shoot as I was standing on the edge of the hillside the clouds parted and the sun began to light certain areas of the countryside. My goal had been to create images where the wind turbines complemented their locations and felt I got it in this shot more than any other."

Name of Entrant: Philomena Kenealy

Philomena Kenealy's entry, taken by photographer Ross Harding captures the economic and societal benefits wind energy delivers for Ireland’s next generation with her picture of Engineer JulieBrett sitting upright atop a wind turbine with a 44 metre hub height in Raheem Barr Windfarm, Castlebar Co. Mayo

"Julie keeps an eye on her turbines. Taken in Co.Mayo."
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