Amateur photographers showcase the best of their hometowns in popular competition run by Funeral Directors

Bairds of Antrim and Mulhollands of Carrickfergus reached out to their community to share what they love about their hometowns 

Talented amateur photographers showcased what is great about their communities in a competition run by local Funeral Directors.

Bairds of Antrim and Mulhollands of Carrickfergus received dozens of entries during the contest. The chosen theme was ‘My Hometown’ which reflects how proud both Funeral Directors are at being embedded in the heart of their communities. 

Johnpaul Gnanadhas was selected as the winner for Antrim after he captured a stunning sunset. 

He has received £200 worth of photography equipment so he can continue to take spectacular images. 

Johnpaul, who heard about the competition on Facebook, said: “It gave me the opportunity to show my work and creativity to others. 

“Antrim is a town where the light cannot be hidden – it just shines everywhere and to everyone.  

“I think the picture reflects how beautiful it is. 

“I’ve been taking pictures since 2009 and photography is one of my biggest hobbies – it’s all about capturing a moment at the right time. 

“Photography is also a great opportunity to socialise with my friends and other people who enjoy taking pictures.” 

Business Principal Jon Baird said: “We had some fantastic entries into this year’s competition – I was really blown away by what people captured, but we all agreed that Johnpaul’s picture was outstanding and really encapsulated our wonderful Antrim. 

“Congratulations to him, and a big thank you to everyone who entered.” 

Cecil Owens was chosen as the winner in Carrickfergus for his beautiful image which included the town’s most famous landmark – Carrickfergus Castle.

He will also walk away with his prize, £200 worth of new equipment so he can continue to hone his craft. 

Cecil said: “I entered the photo because it represented my hometown with Carrickfergus castle, the seafront and historic church. The sunset added that glowing red sky to the scene. 

“I have been taking pictures for a very long time – I travelled the world with my job and visited many places that most people don’t get a chance to see but I didn’t have the time to capture the beauty or culture. 

“I got really interested after I retired and wish now that I had taken more interest in the past.” 

Peter Mulholland, from Mulhollands of Carrickfergus said: “I was really pleased at the large number and the high quality of all the entries again this year. 

“I found it very interesting to see how each photographer had interpreted the competition theme and judging wasn’t easy. 

“However, after lengthy discussions and appraisal we agreed Cecil was a worthy winner. 

“I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to submit a photograph and congratulate Cecil on being the overall winner.”  

To see some of the entrants follow Bairds of Antrim and Mulhollands of Carrickfergus on Facebook.