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Check out our next up-and-coming photographer finalist

She got her hands on a Canon EOS 750D DSLR – now see what she did with it.

AS YOU PROBABLY know, we’ve been running a competition with Canon.

Three amateur photographers were selected from entries submitted to and Dave McKane, Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, selected our three finalists.

They were then each given a Canon EOS 750D DSLR camera and a Canon PowerShot SX710 and told to go away and work their magic.

Last week we profiled Dervilla Keegan.

Pearl Phelan Pearl Phelan

This week we’re showing you Anna O’Rourke’s photos. Anna is from Greystones and grew up around the area too, so she’s very attached to representing it as well as possible. She told us:

I feel most connected to this area and I wanted to capture the essence of the place.

Anna O'Rourke Anna O'Rourke

Dave McKane had this to say about Anna’s work:

She has an unerring ability to capture scenes that show her subjects in a precious moment of movement, wrapped up in their own tiny world.

A-IMG_9911_No_26 Fishing off the pier Anna O'Rourke Anna O'Rourke

Anna went out and about during the week she had the cameras and took lots of shots around the seaside town of Greystones. She took the photos in colour, but then turned them into black and white.

A-IMG_9538_No_10 Jumping at the old baths Anna O'Rourke Anna O'Rourke

Regarding the cameras that she got to use, she says about the Powershot camera:

To be honest, I was surprised by how well the Canon PowerShot SX710 performed – it’s a small camera and it had nearly all the functions as the Canon EOS 750D DSLR. You could do a lot of the same things (as with a DLSR) and the results were pretty similar.

A-IMG_9635_No_15 A chat by the sea Anna O'Rourke Anna O'Rourke

The star of the show, for Anna, was the Canon EOS 750D DSLR.

I could really feel it using the camera (that it was better) and see it in the results as well. It performs really well with lowlight too.

A-IMG_4117_No_3 A walk on the beach Anna O'Rourke Anna O'Rourke

Highlighting Greystone’s amenities and how it has changed over the years is an enduring theme in Anna’s work.

I wanted to show how even though the area has changed – for instance the gentlemen’s baths have moved – it is still very much used as an amenity by younger people.

All three finalists will have their work mounted and exhibited at the gallery at Teeling Whiskey Distillery on 10 September where the winner will be announced. has tickets for eight readers and a guest to attend the event. To enter, leave your favourite Irish photographer in the comments section below, and eight readers will be selected. Good luck.

The world is full of fascinating stories and experiences. Come and see it with Canon. Follow the three photographers’ work over the coming weeks on #ComeAndSee

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