The first Dublin Green Communities Garden Photography Awards were set up to celebrate green spaces, allotments, and community gardens and to highlight their importance in local communities.
Contestants entered photos under the categories of ‘Gardening Activity’, ‘Nature in the Garden’, and ‘Landscapes and Cityscapes’ from community gardens and green spaces around Dublin, with the top photos from each category being displayed in the Inspire Galerie on Gardiner Street. The winner of the Transdev Staff photo competition, Pat Egan, had his photo displayed on the night as part of the exhibition.
There was also a special Transdev Luas prize, which went to Derek O’Reilly of the Broadstone Community Garden.
The exhibition which launched with the Green Communities Photography Awards on Thursday the 13th of September runs until this Friday the 21st and is on the Culture Night Trail for Dublin City / Monto and North Georgian Quarter.
Green spaces are vital not only for the environment but also as important resources for local communities. Particularly in Dublin, where space is limited, these green areas are sometimes the only connection with the land and nature some people have, initiatives such as this highlight these spaces and encourage people to engage with them in a creative way. These community green spaces have brought a breath of fresh air to many city streets, and estates, as well as delivering community amenities in rural villages and towns across Ireland.
As a green transport provider and operator of the Luas we always look to take a collaborative approach with the communities we serve, with community engagement being an important part of Transdev’s Vision and Mission.