The World Wetlands Day Photo Competition

To celebrate World Wetlands Day on the 2nd February 2021 and 50 years since the signing of the Ramsar Convention the Irish Ramsar Committee and Wetlands Surveys Ireland are hosting a World Wetlands Day PHOTO COMPETITION.  This competition was launched on February 2nd and will run until the end of May 2021. Photos can be submitted via the WSI Snapshot App.

World Wetlands Day celebrations may be different to previous years but this gives us the opportunity to explore the wetland treasures on our doorstep. Don’t think you have a wetland nearby?… Wetlands come in many forms. They can be small pockets of marshy ground, bog, pool or stream or they can be larger estuaries, lakes, bogs or turloughs.  All wetlands ecosystems are vital on their own and as part of a wider wetland complex, linked by surface and ground water and upon which we rely for so many essential services.

For World Wetlands Day, why not find and take a picture of your local wetland (or the wildlife you find there) and upload it via the Wetlands Surveys Ireland Snapshot App.  This will enter you into the Ramsar and Wetlands Surveys Ireland Photo competition.

Join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day and be in with a chance to win monthly and overall prizes in over 18 and under 18 age categories (Biodiversity Ireland swatch cards, OPW Heritage Cards, presentation of a framed photo).  Winning photos will also be used to raise awareness of Irish Wetlands through social media in Ireland and internationally (, World Wetlands Day) and will be presented in a 2022 Irish Wetlands Calendar.

Brought to you by the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee in collaboration with Wetland Surveys Ireland in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of World Wetlands Day.

To join the competition and upload your photo go this this link or scan the QR code on this page.  Using the link you can download the Survey123 app to your phone or upload photos via your browser. Closing date for your photo submissions is the 31st May 2021.

Please note this competition is open to amateur photographers only and all relevant HSE Guidance regarding Covid 19 applies.

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Robbie O’Leary, 1st place, Stunning portrait of a Kingfisher on the River Dodder, Co. Dublin 

Tommy Keogh, 2nd place, calming and charismatic photo of Clondalkin Park wetland, Co. Dublin.

Helen Lane, 3rd place, Beautiful panorama of Ballylongford Bay, Co. Kerry. 


Helen Lane, 1st place, Atmospheric photo of intertidal habitats at Carrig Island, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Andrew Fingleton, 2nd place, Stunning close up of an Otter in the Dodder River, Co. Dublin

Diego Lopez, 3rd place, Charismatic photo of Mullaghmore Mountain and turlough in the Burren National Park, Co. Clare

James Mcgrath, 1st place, Children of Lir – Whooper Swans rise from Kilcolman Fen

Jason Maher, 2nd place, The wonder of moss on a damp woodland floor at Portlick, Athlone


Niall Dennigan, 3rd place, Cutover bog floods at Killashee