RTÉ and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland with the OPW present Eye on Nature – Ireland’s newest national wildlife photographic competition.

RTÉ’s Mooney Goes Wild and The Today Show launched the competition in January 2021, to celebrate the flora and fauna of our island. It received an overwhelming response, with more than 7,000 entries.

The judging panel, consisting of Matthew Jebb (National Botanic Gardens), Niall Hatch (BirdWatch Ireland) and Sheena Jolley (acclaimed wildlife photographer), chose the final 12 photographs you see exhibited here.

These photographs represent the rich natural heritage that Ireland has to offer, which has brought joy and hope to so many of us in recent times.

On March 17th Derek Mooney announced the overall winner live on the Today Show – Larry Doherty’s Orange ladybird taken at Cabragh wetlands near Thurles – and presented Larry with the inaugural trophy and a prize of €1,000.

The images are on display outdoors in the National Botanic Gardens until the end of April 2021. Please adhere to government guidelines concerning travel.