Belfast Harbour has announced the winners of its ‘Capturing a Port for Everyone’ photography competition, which invited local communities and visitors to share  photographs of Belfast’s iconic waterfront, and life in the Harbour Estate. 

Over 130 photograph entries were submitted to the competition, which was launched in June as part of celebrations to mark the 175th Anniversary of Belfast Harbour Commissioners.   

Aiming to capture elements of our maritime heritage story and the ongoing transformation of our iconic waterfront, entries to the People, Port, Place and Professional categories included images of Port and Estate landmarks, cruise ships and other vessels in the Port, and the diversity of attractions along the Maritime Mile. 

Judging the entries, award-winning professional photographer and owner of PressEye Photography Agency Kelvin Boyes said: “The rich tapestry of entries reflects the variety of landscapes and subjects there are for photographers to capture within the Harbour Estate, as well as the views people can enjoy when they visit. 

“The quality of images highlights the talent of our local photographic community at both amateur and professional level, and the calibre of entries to the under-16 category shows a new generation of photographers in the making”. 

Belfast Harbour Communications and Marketing Director, Allison Dowling said: “I would like to congratulate all of our shortlisted and winning entrants, to thank everyone who submitted a photograph to the competition and helped to celebrate our 175th Anniversary by capturing a moment in time during this milestone year for Belfast Harbour. 

“Looking through the variety of photographs and comparing them to the historic photographs we have from the past, it is clear to see the transformation Belfast Harbour has made to our city’s Port and waterfront over the last 175 years. 

The overall winners for each category are listed below.  

  • Best Photograph – People category: Alastair Bell – Man Working on SS Nomadic
  • Best Photograph – Port category: Gary Pullen – Leaving Harbour at Sunset
  • Best Photograph – Place category: Sharon Cuatriz – View Down the Channel
  • Best Photograph – Professional Photographer category: Nigel Clegg – Sunrise
  • Best Photograph – Under-16: Mia Totten – View at Titanic 

Click here to view the full gallery of shortlisted photographs.