RTÉ’s photography competition is back!


Eye on Nature, RTÉ’s wildlife photography competition, launches tonight on RTÉ One’s Nationwide in association with Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1 and the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the National Botanic Gardens.

For the third year, RTÉ’s Eye on Nature competition will give wildlife photographers across Ireland the opportunity to showcase their immense talent and highlight Ireland’s biodiversity and the beauty of the natural world around us.

Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to enter photographs of landscapes, flora, and fauna in the competition for a chance to win a cash prize of €1,000.

Last year’s winner was a strikingly beautiful photo of a Red Squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) taken by Jimmy Mc Donnell from Newcastle in County Wicklow.

Jimmy Mc Donnell’s image of a Red Squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) won the Eye on Nature competition in 2022.

Presenter Anne Cassin will launch the competition on RTÉ One’s Nationwide on Wednesday 15tFebruary at 7pm, from the National Botanic Gardens. She will interview all three of the judges and will have all the details of this year’s competition.

Director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Dr. Matthew Jebb returns as a judge for the third year. He will be joined on the judging panel by Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland and award-winning nature-photographer Sheena Jolley.

Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1 (Monday nights at 10pm) is the radio home of the competition and will feature interviews with all three judges in the lead-up to the competition deadline on Wednesday 22 March.

On RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, Nationwide will present stories connected to Eye on Nature every Wednesday for six weeks showcasing the biodiversity, Irish landscapes and the natural world on these shores.

Jimmy Mc Donnell's image of a Red Squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris)
Jimmy McDonnell poses with his winning image of a Red Squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris)

Dr. Matthew Jebb said: “I’m delighted once again for the OPW and the Botanic Gardens to partner with RTÉ for Eye on Nature. The outdoor exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens has been a fantastic way to showcase the finalists in a truly unique way, and once again we will be touring these to other OPW sites during the summer at Portumna House and Gardens and Athenry Castle.

“To date, the winners of the competition have all been photographs of animals, this year as a judge I’d love to see some amazing shots of the plants and flowers from the Irish landscape.”

The closing date for entries to Eye on Nature is midnight on Wednesday 22 March 2023. Entries can be submitted to www.rte.ie/eyeonnature. Terms and Conditions can be found here.

A shortlist of twelve photographs will be included in an exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens this summer and the winner will be announced on RTÉ’s Nationwide. An online gallery will also be available on www.rte.ie.