Local children, adults and visitors to Belfast Harbour are being encouraged to submit their favourite photographs of Belfast’s iconic waterfront, as well as images depicting life in the Port and Harbour Estate.
It follows the launch of a photography competition as part of the celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
The competition – entitled ‘Capturing a Port for Everyone’ – runs until Monday, August 15 and aims to showcase the transformation of the City’s waterfront area in recent years.
That’s why Belfast Harbour is encouraging local communities and visitors to take pictures of the Harbour Estate on their cameras and smartphones, and then share them on social media.
There are five categories – comprising People, Port, Place, Under 16s and Professional – open to enthusiastic snappers of all ages.
While the competition is ongoing, Belfast Harbour will also post a series of photographs of the Harbour Estate and the Port over the past 175 years on its social media channels, with the aim of celebrating the ongoing transformative impact the organisation has made on the City’s landscape.
Award-winning professional photographer Kelvin Boyes, the owner of PressEye agency, has agreed to be a guest judge helping the Belfast Harbour team choose the winners.
“With many of the city’s most iconic and recognisable landmarks situated within the Harbour Estate, the area is a photographer’s paradise and already attracts many people who are keen to capture the perfect picture of Belfast,” said Kelvin.
“When comparing photos of Belfast Harbour now with older photos, from as many as 175 years ago, it’s clear that the area has undergone significant change.
“It has transformed into a vibrant waterfront location where business, development, tourism and leisure are flourishing side-by-side… and that makes for spectacular photographs.”
Belfast Harbour, Communications and Marketing Director Allison Dowling, said she wanted the public to get involved and help mark the special milestone year with a collection of photos that can be looked back and reflected upon in another 175 years.
“A picture is worth a thousand words so there are few better ways to tell the story of the history and heritage of Belfast Harbour, and the transformational change of the last 175 years, than through photographs,” she said.
“We often have photographers, visitors, tourists, and local people sharing incredible photographs of Belfast Harbour on social media, so we wanted our 175th Anniversary celebrations to include something for them to take part in.”
Fantastic prizes are up for grabs for competition winners, including overnight stays in the AC Marriot Hotel at City Quays, vouchers for photography equipment and a Titanic Hotel Belfast voucher.
The winning photographs and shortlisted entries will be showcased for the public in Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Harbour Office from September 5 -10, to mark European Heritage Open Day.
Entries must be emailed (in high resolution) to Belfast Harbour at [email protected]. People are also being invited to share their photos and competition entries via social media, by tagging Belfast Harbour on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and using the #BHC175.
*For more details of the competition categories, prizes and terms and conditions please visit www.belfast-harbour.co.uk/corporate/175th-anniversary-photo-competition