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Image Submission for Ireland

This competition closed on 17 February 2024.

See our 2024 prize winners on the theme
'Biodiversity Matters'


To encourage students to produce an image relevant to the theme.
It should also resonate with Catholic Social Teaching and with Columban mission.

The topic for 2023/2024 is Biodiversity Matters.


  1. Entrants must live on the island of Ireland.

  2. Entrants must be 13-18 inclusive
    (they must have turned 13 on or before 31 August 2023).

  3. Entries must be made by individuals.

  4. No more than 1 image entry per person.

  5. A piece of writing or image generated by AI technology is not allowed. We may require teachers to verify that submissions are original.

  6. Entries must be original content.

  7. Entries must be submitted as a digital image. Photos are acceptable. Scanned images of other forms of artwork eg. clay, pottery, statue, needlework, painting, poster, etc. are also acceptable.

  8. Images must be saved at the highest possible resolution. They must be 4 megapixels or above so they can be enlarged. No preference over landscape or portrait images.

See our Frequently Asked Questions if you have questions.


Fr Sean McDonagh, Columban priest, ecologist and author.

Jane Mellett, Church Outreach Manager with Trócaire.

Fr Jason Antiquera, Columban missionary-artist from the Philippines.

William Scholes, Assistant Editor and Features Editor of the Irish News.

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times.

Assisted by Columban co-worker Michael O’Sullivan of the Columban Centre in Dublin, Fr Cyril Lovett, former editor of the Far East magazine, and the current editor, Sarah Mac Donald.

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of the image.

  2. Definition, clarity and fairness.

  3. A representation of some knowledge of the subject and first-hand experience if possible.

  4. Have kept in mind Catholic Social Teaching.

  5. Originality/WOW factor.

  6. Potential Social Impact.

  7. Subject matter. Is the subject matter displayed in the image appropriate to the theme?

1st place prize €500

2nd place prize €250

3rd place prize €150

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