Geoff wins "SWPP Highly Commended Award" in 2 catagories by admin


Ballycopeland Windmill, Co. Down by Geoff McGrath  

I'm pleased to announce that I have won the SWPP Highly Commended Award twice this month, in 2 different catagories.  A Highly Commended Award sits just below a Gold Award in the judging and so it is still a great achievement.


For the Landscape catagory, the Highly Commended Award was for the image above, taken at Ballycopeland Windmill about a month ago.  It really is an honour to be judged at this level by professional imagemakers who know the craft so well and while they are not Gold Awards, they represent a continued development in my work.


Donegal Quay, Overlooking the River Lagan by Geoff McGrath


This image won a Highly Commended Award in the Monochrome catagory, one of the busiest and most difficult catagories where there were some 89 entries.

It is very pleasing to see my work continue to improve and gain recognition.  Highly Commended Awards can sometimes be reassessed and moved up to a Gold Award so please cross your fingers for me!!  :)

Geoff McGrath




Ballycopeland Windmill, Co.Down by admin

Ballycopeland Windmill by Geoff McGrath Photography Tonight I was coming home from Bangor and since I always carry my camera with me, decided to go back to Ballycopeland Windmill to take another look at it.  I'd photographed this beautiful windmill just the night before but was not happy with the results.  I'm so glad that I returned to photograph Ballycopeland Windmill because I think the results proved it was well worth the effort.


The beauty of strong lighting is the beautiful contrast between light and shade.  To me, painting with light only works when you have depth of shadow to compliment it.


County Down is such a fantastic and rich resource and the more I live here, the more I realise how incredible blessed I am.  Not everyone has such amazing and iconic subject matter right on their doorstep.  Its not just Ballycopeland Windmill, but Donaghadee Harbour, Copeland Island, Helen's Bay, Scrabo Tower and the rest of the Ards Peninsula.  In time I hope to share these with you too.


I would really appreciate it if you would share my blog with others.


Geoff McGrath