Winner snaps up holiday and camera in Topflight and Canon Ireland competition

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A picture of a Hindu holy man has won Kilkenny man Rue Ahmed top prize in this year’s Topflight and Canon Ireland Travel Photographer of the Year competition.

Now in its second year, the competition searched for months for Ireland’s best images from aspiring snappers. The judges narrowed the entries down to a final 24, and the organisers have now named the top three winners.

Audrey Frost, Sales & Marketing Manager, Canon Ireland; Rue Ahmed, The Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year and Anthony Collins, CEO, Topflight Travel Group.

Audrey Frost, Sales & Marketing Manager, Canon Ireland; Rue Ahmed, The Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year; and Anthony Collins, CEO, Topflight Travel Group.

Champ Rue Ahmed took his picture in north-east Bangladesh of Sadhu, a Hindu holy man. Ahmed’s prize includes a luxury escorted tour holiday for two to Madeira for seven nights with flights from Dublin, airport transfers, 7 nights in Topflight’s flagship 5* Melia Madeira hotel with breakfasts and three excursions. He also takes home a Canon EOS M6 M15-45 Camera, a Canon book on photography and a Canon training course.

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The runner-up was Adrian Megahey from Co Galway. His photo, taken in America’s Yosemite Valley, features the Milky Way curving over Half Dome. Third place went to Paul Brady from Co Kildare with a photograph taken in Dublin of the Bull Island in Clontarf.

The winning prizes were presented at Topflight’s head office in Jervis Street, Dublin. Check out the winning pictures here.

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