Top Oil publishes winning calendar

Top Oil publishes winning calendar

Home heating and fuel retail brand Top Oil has issued its 2017 calendar after a campaign to gather startling images from Ireland’s best amateur photographers.

It was John Burke, a mature student from Tipperary, that won the Top Oil 2017 search for an amateur snapper with his image ‘Dolphins’.

His pic overcame competition from 1,000 hopefuls from across the island of Ireland competing for their photo to be the cover image of Top Oil’s tenth annual calendar.

John Burke’s winning shot was taken off the coast of Youghal, County Cork, fulfilling the brief of ‘Ireland’s Alive’, earning the student €1,000.

John Burke's winning image, Dolphins.
John Burke’s winning image, Dolphins.

Speaking at a launch event at the Gibson Hotel, John said: “I’m delighted to have been selected as this year’s winner of the Top Oil calendar competition.

“Photography is my passion and thanks to Top Oil for running this competition like this for amateurs, it is a great idea for budding photographers like me. I am delighted to have won this prize.”

Keith Malone was announced as the winner of the online people’s choice category of the Top Oil amateur photography competition. His photograph was taken at Roundwood, County Wicklow.

The People's Choice winning photo, Roundwood, by Keith Malone
The People’s Choice winning photo, Roundwood, by Keith Malone

Top Oil’s chief executive Gerard Boylan said: “Our annual calendar competition has become a favourite not just with our customers and staff, but for amateur photographers across the country.

“This year saw even more entrants and we had some stunning images to choose from; we chose John’s image because for us it truly captured the ‘Ireland Alive’ theme. If only there was more than 12 months in the year, such was the quality of entries this year!”

Over 40,000 copies of the calendar will be distributed across Top Oil’s portfolio of depots and forecourts nationwide, which will feature images from across the country taken by Ireland’s amateur photographers.