It was a very exciting but hectic week. I got a phone call on Monday to say my photo was a finalist in the Ireland AM monthly photo competition – the theme was Love. I had to be in Dublin for 9am so I got up at 4am as I was driving and I wanted to make sure I was there in time. I got my hair and make up done, it was very weird having foundation airbrushed on me…cool though! The studios are really busy in the morning, Alan Hughes seemed to be dashing everywhere. The other finalists arrived and we had a chat, Jenny the judge and photographer arrived and was very friendly.
We were called in and told what would be happening, I was very nervous as it was live TV, also because I was hoping to win the prize as it was a Canon 600D camera and I don’t have a DSLR. It wasn’t to be though, the photo in the middle of the two girls won. I was happy for Lorraine who took the photo though as she was lovely.
The highlight of the day for me was meeting Deric Hartigan. He’s the weatherman on 3e and I’ve been sending him photos for the weather reports for a few years and he’s shown a lot of them on tv. He’s a really nice guy and we had a great laugh, I was delighted to meet him.
I got my photo framed as well, which was lovely. I don’t usually print any of the photos I take so it’s great to get this one.
I also got a Canon goodie bag. It was a great experience but a very tiring day. A friend of mine put a video of our part of the show on YouTube.
Looks like a great day and it is a beautiful photo too?
Thanks Lyn xx
I follow your blog religiously. You were the main “travel guide” for my sister and I last June when we can to do ancestral research. Thank you for all you do to promote Sligo, where my great-great grandfather came from.
Your picture was the best, really.
Thanks Jody. You inspired me to start and proper ‘travel website’ for Sligo. You might have already seen it: http://www.sligo-secrets.com/
Well done Val! Such a beautiful photo, very rare moment!
Thanks Laura 🙂
Saw the video ….well done Val!…I still like yours the best of the three.
I don’t see how you didn’t win. But well done for getting there Val! You have come along way. You sure have helped us out. By the way, Alan is pure Diva. 😉
Fun to get this behind-the-scenes peak! Congratulations on the recognition!
Absolutely loved your picture. I still think it is the best of the 3 by far! You should have won hands down!
Well done, Val. I agree – yours is the best.
Thanks June. How is Bindo?
I love your picture! So creative and different. You should have won this contest hands down!
Thank you. I suppose different people like different photos and the judge chose another photo.
Lovely picture! Great moment to catch on camera.
Your photo was definitely deserving. Although you didn’t win, at least you got some nice swag!
Wonderful job! I liked yours best 🙂
Great post Val, gutted you didn’t win 😦 Your picture gets my winning vote.