Beautiful images and stunning scenes were projected onto Boland Mills in a captivating photographic display that illustrated the wonder of Ireland’s coast.

The breathtaking visual event celebrated the Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards, which were held on Thursday 15th October at Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre in Dublin. The annual competition, which was launched during Coca-Cola’s Clean Coasts Week, had a prize fund of €5,000, attracting huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers.

The judges had a difficult task choosing the winners, but eventually selected 10 award-worthy images from each category: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater. An electronic exhibition of Love Your Coast will be displayed at various locations nationally and internationally over the coming months, but you can also view the fabulous photography here.

“Ireland is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. This competition encourages people to look anew at the beaches and coastal landscapes we can sometimes take for granted,” said Patricia Oliver, former Director of the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce. “The overall mission of the Clean Coasts programme is to celebrate and preserve Ireland’s spectacular coast, and this competition is central to that effort as it gives people a chance to show their local coastline at its best.”

Coca-Cola Ireland and Coca-Cola HBC has supported An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme for 10 years. Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week, which takes place in May each year, is a focal point for the initiative. The week celebrates Ireland’s coastline and reminds people of the value and beauty of its precious resource.

"The photography entered to the Love Your Coast Awards this year was of an incredibly high standard and really captured the unique charm of the Irish coastline,” said Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC. “The winning images depict a sense of pride in our coastline and celebrate the beauty and enjoyment the people of our island nation get from this cherished natural resource.”

The inspiring winning images reflect the important work of Clean Coasts, as it engages communities in protecting Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life now and for future generations.