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Our 2017 Photography and Video Competition

We are delighted to announce our 2017 Photography and Video Competition today.

You could be flying to Cork this summer

You could be flying to Cork this summer (photo: Brendan Ó Sé)

The competition runs from today, February 20th, until Friday, April, 14th.

How can you enter? You need to follow us on Instagram, and post your entries on your own Instagram account with this hashtag – #ucclc17. You can enter as often as you want.

What kind of photos and videos are we looking for? The theme is travel and learning – just like our Summer School – an educational holiday.

What are the prizes? The winner will receive two free weeks (20 hours per week), and second place will receive one free week (20 hours per week) on our Summer School in the month of August. We will also have some great prizes for the photos or videos we select in other positions.

So what do you have to do? You need to follow us on Instagram (just click here), and start taking photographs and post your entries on your own Instagram account with this hashtag – #ucclc17.

Remember, you can enter as often as you want.

These were our winners from last year.

 

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Bandar al Thobaiti

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Garrettstown Beach Dmytro Seleznov

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A.Oldani Cobh

All information about our Summer School is here.

Results of our Photography Competition 2016

This year Clonakilty Camera Club judged our Photography Competition. Our Summer School Director, Nadine Carroll is a member there and big thanks to her and her friends for judging the competition.

The theme of this year’s competition was Alternative Ireland. We were looking for images that showed Ireland in a new or unusual way, or showed the unseen Ireland. I am sure you will agree the judges did a fine job choosing from the many entries we received from all over the world.

In first place, Bandar:

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Here is what the judges said:

“This is a brilliant image which represents Modern Ireland really well. It makes a change from the typical seascapes with sheep in the foreground.It met the theme of the competition well.”

In second place, Dmytro Seleznov:

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Here is what the judges said:

“This is a really well observed and processed image which depicts the mysteriousness and beauty of Ireland.”

In third place, A Oldani:

A.Oldani_CobhHere is what our judges said:

” This is an unusual image but one which conveys the nitty gritty of life. It is very evocative and conjures up questions in ones mind.”

Thank you to all who entered this year. It was a great entry. Remember, our Summer School starts on June 27th this year. All details here. 

University Language Centre Photography Competition 2016

Great news!
We are extending out Photography Competition until Friday, April 1st, as many people were asking for time to get photographs over the Easter break.
So you now have until Friday, April 1st to get your entries in!
Best of luck!

It is that time of year again. We are delighted to announce that our annual Photography Competition starts today and we will accept entries from today up to March 24th.

This year we are looking for something a little different. We all are familiar with the classic images of Ireland, like this beautiful photograph from Katrin Brandmair:

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Katrin Brandmair

Or this beautiful photograph from last year’s winner Priscilla:

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Priscilla Oliveira

But this year, we are looking for something different: Alternative Ireland. Send us your photographs that present an original perspective of Ireland.

Sure you can send us beautiful landscapes, but maybe there is something unusual or original about how you create your photograph.

To enter all you have to do is to email in three of the best photographs of an alternative view on Ireland you have taken in Ireland. You can send your entries to b.ose@ucc.ie. Make sure to write PHOTOGRAPH COMPETITION in the subject line of the email and to include all your contact information in the email. Also, please write some background information about your photographs, such as where you took it, why you like it and so on.

When sending your photographs, make sure to title the photograph file with your own name and location of image. We cannot accept entries that are not properly titled.

The competition will close on March 24 and the winners will be announced in the third week of April.

We have some great prizes for the winners. The winning photographer will win a three-week English language course in the month of August in our Summer School 2016. Second place will win a two-week English language course and the third place photographer will get a one-week course for free.

Check our Facebook page each week to see some examples of the photographs people are sending in.

We are really looking forward to seeing your photos!

You can read about the winning photograph from last year’s competition here.

Meet Priscilla – our Photography Competition winner!

Meet Priscilla – our Photography Competition winner!

Hello my name is Priscilla.
I’m 27 years old and I live in Brazil, my passion for Ireland began to see movies showing beautiful landscapes like the cliffs of Moher and very exciting music, ever since I started researching more about the country and my passion for this country only increased.

I always had a great desire to study in English in some Irish university, but the opportunity never arose mainly because it’s too expensive for us Brazilians due to exchange rate differences between our countries, because of this always attended deals in an attempt to get a scholarship I tried several sweepstakes and contests hahaha :).
A day looking at the page on facebook UCC seen on the photo contest and decided to participate and to my surprise my photo was among the 10.
I was super happyyyy, with the help of my friends was that my photo was the most voted and consequently the winner, now I’m getting ready to go to study three weeks in UCC am very anxious to know the city, the university and live this cultural experience that is part of my dreams for a long time, thank you for UCC participate in this achievement.
Thank You God!

If you want to join Priscilla, come to our Summer School. All details here.

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Priscilla

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Priscilla

 

Congratulations to our winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our third annual Photography Competition!

In third place, is Luis Gago with this photograph.

Luis Gago

Luis Gago

Here is what he said about his photograph:

I took this photo in County Galway, that is where I live since I moved to Ireland last february. What I like about taking photographs in Ireland is to have the chance to capture the wilderness and the history that makes this country unique. Untamed but full of beauty, young but with countless layers of history.

In second place is Katrin Brandmair:

Katrin Brandmair

Katrin Brandmair

Here is what Katrin said about her photo:

“It was taken in Killarney National Park, close to the Ross Castle. It was the first daytrip with my new roommate and the start of a really good friendship.”

And our winner is Priscilla

Priscilla Oliveira

Priscilla Oliveira

Here is what Priscilla said about her photo:

“I love Ireland and its beautiful scenery. This photo was taken the Connemara path these are some of my favorite photos behind me a sense of peace.”

Congratulations to all our winners and a big thanks to those who entered the competition. Come to our Summer School this year and you could get a beautiful photograph that just might be the winner next year.

The winners need to contact our office to reclaim your prizes. Email here.

Photography Competition – shortlist

Good morning! We will be posting the ten images selected in the shortlist for this year’s Photography Competition on our Facebook page.
Here is how it will work. The winning photos will be the photos with the most likes on Friday 27th at 5 p.m Irish time. In the case of a draw, Language Centre staff will choose a winner. For details on the prizes, please visit our Summer School page.

Here are the ten photos we have selected. Please visit our Facebook page and click like for the photos you want to win.

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Photography Competition 2015

Hey guys, just a quick update regarding the competition. Tomorrow is the last day to get your entries in. We will be posting the shortlist of selected images on our Facebook page from next week and we will allow public voting. The photos with the most likes will win the prizes. Still plenty of time to get your entries in. All details here.

To enter all you have to do is to email in three of the best photographs you have taken in Ireland. You can send your entries to b.ose@ucc.ie. Make sure to write PHOTOGRAPH COMPETITION in the subject line of the email and to include all your contact information in the email. Also, please write some background information about your photographs, such as where you took it, why you like it and so on.

When sending your photographs, make sure to title the photograph file with your own name and location of image. We cannot accept entries that are not properly titled.

The competition will close on March 14 and the winners will be decided by a public vote.

We have some great prizes for the winners. The winning photographer will win a three-week English language course in the month of August in our Summer School 2015. Second place will win a two-week English language course and the third place photographer will get a one-week course for free.
Check our Facebook page each week to see some examples of the photographs people are sending in.

We are really looking forward to seeing your photos!

Saint Patrick’s Day Video Competition

We are very pleased to announce a Video Competition to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. To enter the competition, you need to make a video of a maximum of 60 seconds about your idea of Ireland or Irishness. The video should start in this way, ‘Hi, my name is …, I’m from …. and this is my message about Ireland’. To enter the competition, you will need to upload the video on your Facebook page with the hashtag #Patrick2015UCCLanguageCentre. Videos can be uploaded from the 19th to 30th March 2015. Please make sure if you are using music that you do not use  copyright protected music as we cannot share this on our pages if your do. You can find a lot of music you can use on YouTube’s copyright free library. Click here for that.

We have some great prizes for the winners. The winning video will win A TWO-WEEK FREE ENGLISH COURSE in our Summer School in the month of August. Second place will win FREE REGISTRATION FOR A CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAMINATION and the third place will get FOUR WEEKS FOR THE PRICE OF THREE on our Summer School in August.

The winning video will depend on the amount of ‘likes’ the video will get on our Facebook Page (UCC Language Centre). All videos will be vetted before the publication on the Language Centre Facebook Page.

Winners will be announced before Easter!!

We are really looking forward to seeing your video!

Photography Competition 2015

We are very pleased to announce that our annual Photo Competition begins today. Last year we had a huge number of entries from all over the world. You can read about the winning photograph from last year’s competition here.

To enter all you have to do is to email in three of the best photographs you have taken in Ireland. You can send your entries to b.ose@ucc.ie. Make sure to write PHOTOGRAPH COMPETITION in the subject line of the email and to include all your contact information in the email. Also, please write some background information about your photographs, such as where you took it, why you like it and so on.

When sending your photographs, make sure to title the photograph file with your own name and location of image. We cannot accept entries that are not properly titled.

The competition will close on March 14 and the winners will be announced on March 21st.

We have some great prizes for the winners. The winning photographer will win a three-week English language course in the month of August in our Summer School 2015. Second place will win a two-week English language course and the third place photographer will get a one-week course for free.
Check our Facebook page each week to see some examples of the photographs people are sending in.

We are really looking forward to seeing your photos!

Summer School 2014 Photography Competition

Hundreds of students sent in hundreds of photographs for our Summer School 2014 Photography Competition and the task of choosing three winning images was not an easy job. However, in all competitions there needs to be a winner.

The following three images were chosen by our panel of judges. Thanks to all for entering the competition. Remember we will be having another competition after Christmas and you can win great prizes.

 

In third place, Urara Nagata’s Cliffs of Moher.

We love the bird’s-eye view on this, and the textures – soft grasses, rugged cliff edge. Great shot!

Urara Nagata

Urara Nagata

 

Congratulations Urara! Please contact our office to claim your prize. 

 

In second place is Charles Fort, by Mohammed Tumi! Please contact our office to claim your prize. 

We think the panoramic view works splendidly here, capturing Charles Fort in its entirety and stretching all the way across to the town of Kinsale in the far right. Cork Harbour at its best!

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Mohammed Tumi

 

Congratulations Mohammed!

 

1st Prize: UCC Quad, by Miyu Kuroda
This photo gets our number one vote for its creativity and sense of fun! Even on those cloudy days in summer, UCC is still a great place to be!

Miyu Kuroda

Miyu Kuroda

Congratulations Miyu! Please contact our office to claim your prize. 

Again, thanks to all the students who entered the competition. It was a great summer and thanks to all for taking part.