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Inspiring Ireland

Find out how to get involved in Clean Coasts Week.

Beautiful images and stunning scenes were projected onto Boland Mills in a captivating photographic display that illustrated the wonder of Ireland’s coast.

Every year, a breathtaking visual event takes place in Dublin: The Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards.  Launched during Coca‑Cola’s Clean Coasts Week in 2015 – with a prize fund of €5,000 – the competition attracts huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers.

There are four categories: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Underwater. An electronic exhibition of Love Your Coast is displayed at various locations nationally and internationally for several months, but you can also view the fabulous photography here.

“Ireland is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. This competition encourages people to look anew at the beaches and coastal landscapes we can sometimes take for granted,” said Patricia Oliver, former Director of the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce. “The overall mission of the Clean Coasts programme is to celebrate and preserve Ireland’s spectacular coast, and this competition is central to that effort as it gives people a chance to show their local coastline at its best.”

Coca‑Cola Ireland and Coca‑Cola HBC has supported An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme for over 15 years. Coca‑Cola Clean Coasts Week, which takes place in May each year, is a focal point for the initiative. The week celebrates Ireland’s coastline and reminds people of the value and beauty of its precious resource.

Speaking of the competition, Ciara Cashen,  Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC, said: "The photography entered to the Love Your Coast Awards is of an incredibly high standard and really captures the unique charm of the Irish coastline." 

The inspiring winning images reflect the important work of Clean Coasts, as it engages communities in protecting Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life now and for future generations.