National Tree Week 2021
National Tree Week 2021
 Photography Competition


A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Leisure by William Henry Davies

All of the 530 entries had a story and this was demonstrated in the photographs we received. From a swing hanging from a branch to a picnic table shaded under a canopy of leaves to a tree bent sideways from salt-laden winds by the sea – they all showed that they had a special meaning for the photographer. Some of the images spoke of how the symbolic planting of a tree to celebrate or commemorate a loved one has meant that their memory endures. And other images have shown how much nature has been embraced, particularly during these challenging times, with time taken to stand and stare - especially at trees!
We thank you all for your entries, for sharing your stories and for allowing us
to glimpse your appreciation of trees.

1st  Prize

Paul Hayes, Kells, Co. Meath.
1st Prize - Paul Hayes
This magnificent Oak Tree is on the Headfort Golf Course and is captured so beautifully by Paul during the recent cold snap. He regularly walks past this tree, watching as it changes through the seasons, more so now as walking has become an almost daily occurrence.
"Amateur photography is a passion and I regularly snap the flora and the fauna of the countryside that I that I feel privileged to live in." 
First prize went to Paul Hayes from Kells. His striking image of an oak tree taken during our recent spell of frosty weather showcases the splendour of this King of Trees. It is majestic, proudly dominating the surrounding landscape, silent and strong.

2nd  Prize

Kaili O'Rorke, Moanbaun, Co. Cork
Kaili O'Rorke.jpg
These trees are part of Moanbuan Woods in Co. Cork featured moss-covered broadleaved trees leading into a Sitka spruce forest.
" I have never taken much notice of specific trees surrounding me, but now, in our third lockdown, one just needs to embrace nature, its comfort and encouragement. You can almost hear the whispers... Stay safe, we will get through this, together."
The second prize winner is Kaili O’Rorke from Co. Cork. Kaili regularly walks through these old and mystical trees in Moanbaun Woods with her family. This captivating picture of many shades of green shows the true nature of the forest. The glimpse of a pathway through the trees gives an invitation to explore the depths of this woodland, to see where this path may lead…

3rd Prize (joint)

Michael Groves, Bray, Co. Wicklow
This oak tree in all its autumn glory stands alone in a field in the
Kilruddery Estate, Bray, Co. Wicklow and is s
et against the magnificent
backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain.

"I love the twist in its branches just like the many twists in all our lives. It stands out from
the background not because of its beauty but because of what it adds to the landscape.
If I could add to the world what this tree adds to the landscape then I too would know
I had made a difference."
Michael Groves’ photograph of an almost bare oak tree set against the Little Sugar Loaf mountain, with the surrounding countryside full of autumnal colour, is lovely. This oak, with its few remaining russet-coloured leaves, celebrates the end of autumn and
speaks of the crisp nights to come.

3rd Prize (joint)

Marie Little, Donegal Town
This hawthorn tree is a testament to the power of the fairies as it stands alone in a furrowed field left untouched by the farmer in whose land it occupies. 
"I have always wanted to photograph it every time I passed it and then when I came across the competition organised by the Tree Council, I decided it was time 
to share it with everyone!"
Marie Little chose this eye-catching hawthorn tree growing in a ploughed field in Redcastle, Donegal and set against Ireland’s coastline. The respect shown by this farmer to Ireland’s Fairy Tree symbolises how deep we hold our mystical beliefs and superstitions.
A lone hawthorn tree, which is beloved by the fairies, must never be disturbed or cut down for fear of their revenge!