Learning English at University College Cork, Ireland

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Category: Photos

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

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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

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!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Anne-Sophie Sandor who is this year’s winner of our Photography Competition

Anne-Sophie Sandor’s photograph of the beautiful sunset in Connemara, in the west of Ireland, caught the attention of all the judges. It combines the beauty of the Irish landscape and the concept of progression and moving forward in life. Technically, the photograph is very composed and the control of light and subject is well-controlled. Judges agreed that the image symbolised a sense of discovery and travel which are two elements of our Summer School. We like to think that when you come to Cork to improve your English that it is also a time for you to discover new friends, new ideas and new things about yourself.

We congratulate Anne-Sophie on capturing this beautiful scene and being this year’s winner. Well done, Sophie! Later today, we will post a selection of the best of the other images which were entered. Again, we would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s competition. The standard was really high. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, but congratulations to all for entering. We look forward to you coming to Cork this summer and creating new memories and images of your time here in Ireland with us.

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And in 2nd Place – Adventure in Ireland

We know that when you choose to come to Cork to improve your English it is not the classes or the homework or English grammar that gets you excited. No, it is the opportunity to discover Cork and Ireland, the opportunity to make new friends and explore the wonderful countryside. Cork is Ireland’s greatest county. It has the best beaches, mountains, lakes, forests and caves all within a short distance of the city. When students come to our University Language Centre for the Summer School they can experience the best that Ireland has to offer when we go on our excursions and day trips.

The photograph we chose in second place captures the spirit of adventure and exploration that you can experience when you come to learn English in Cork. In this photograph, Luca Gentile combines that adventurous feeling with the natural beauty of Ireland. We just hope that the photographer he took the photo of, did not fall into the lake!

Congratulations Luca! You have won second place. 

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Photography Competition Update

Hello everybody!
Thanks to those who have entered our Photography Competition so far.
Many people have contacted us to let us know that the competition would be better if people who have not yet been to Ireland could also enter. So, we have decided to open to everyone – those students who have been here in our Language Centre in Cork and those students who would like to come.
The theme of competition is Travel and Education. So, if you have photographs of Ireland, then that is perfect.
We look forward to receiving your entries.
To enter all you have to do is to email in three of the best photographs you have taken that have a travel or education theme.
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; about where you took it, why you like it and so on.

When sending your photographs, make sure to title the file with your own name.

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 four-week English language course in the month of August in our Summer School 2014. 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.

Photograph Competition 2014

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; about where you took it, why you like it and so on.

When sending your photographs, make sure to title the file with your own name.

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 four-week English language course in the month of August in our Summer School 2014. 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 see some of the best photographs from last year below. Click on the images to see the larger versions.

Krystian Mastej Cork from Patrick's Bridge Martina Querini umbrella cindy chomat cliffs of moher Agnieszka Balicka WATER MY INSPIRATION, Garryvoe Beach, February 2013 Giorgia Collaro is the beautiful Kilkenny Castle Riccardo Cimatti view of Cork from Richmond Hill IMG_2575 Alessandro Tollari.

Happy Christmas!

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One of our teachers, Aoife Ní Mhurcu, organises extra classes for our intensive course students each Thursday afternoon. The classes are very varied and very interesting, offering the students the opportunity to learn more about Irish life and Irish customs. This Thursday they had a two-hour session of Irish dancing. As you can imagine, the […]

Juan Pardo, one of our Brazilian students visited Killarney

Recently, one of our Brazilian students, Juan Pardo, visited Killarney. He took some great photographs of his trip which you can see below.
Here is what he wrote about the trip.
These photos are from one of the loveliest places in Ireland, Killarney town. Located in County Kerry and approximately 88 km from Cork City (1:30h by bus!), this gorgeous town has an identity with friendly people and amazing nature. Pretty landscapes with mountains, vast forests and also an incredible wild life are examples that you can find there. I highly recommend Killarney!

Click on the images below to see the large versions.

If you want to see more of Juan’s photography, you can visit his Flickr gallery here.

Top of Torc Mountain

Ross Castle

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Killarney National Park

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club