2012 Photographic Competition

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Du Noyer Photographic Competition 2012

The Geological Survey of Ireland and the Irish Geological Association would like to thank all who entered this year’s Du Noyer Photographic competition and while there can only be four winners, all entries were of a very high standard. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to the winners.

Irish Category Winners

 Downpatrick Head


Downpatrick Head

Limestone, shale and siltstone cliff face dropping into the Atlantic Ocean at Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo.

Photo by Jonathan Moran

 The Burren  


The Burren

Taken at the edge of the Burren a couple of miles south of Fannore in Co. Clare.

Here you can see the fissures making a lovely pattern in the limestone and the clint pavement left behind from the last glacial period.

Photo by Hugh Cotter




On the Aran Islands. An extension of the limestone area of the Burren formed as sediments in a tropical sea approx 350 million years ago containing fossil corals, crinoids, sea urchins and ammonites.
This area is in the shadow of the cliffs near Dun Aengus and under water at high tide.

Photo by Sean Tomkins


Foreign Category Winner

Seven Coloured Earth

Seven Coloured Earth, Mauritius

The natural phenomenon is due to decomposed basalt gullies. The hot and humid climate helps in the decomposition of the basalt into clay. The colours red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow never erode in spite of torrential downpours and adverse climatic conditions.

Photo by Stoycho Danev

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