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Top amateurs capture Ireland's natural beauty in 12 snapshots

John Burke from Tipperary took top prize with his study of dolphins off the coast at Youghal.
Nov 20th 2016, 10:30 AM 24,711 14

Top Oil Calendar Comp Winner John Burke Dolphins July (1) John Burke, from Co Tipperary, won first prize with this shot of dolphins off the coast at Youghal, Co Cork. Ironically, he had been there for a spot of whale-watching. Source: John Burke

THE NATURAL TREASURES of the island of Ireland are much-trumpeted – and with good cause. The annual Top Oil calendar competition is hitting its tenth anniversary this year and decided upon ‘Ireland Alive’ for its 2017 theme. Over 1,000 Irish amateur photographers entered this year and these are the images that will feature in 40,000 editions of the calendar this coming year:

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