Limerick star photographer snaps top photo prize 

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Sean O'Riordan's award winning image of the Cliffs of Moher.

COUNTY Limerick photographer Sean O’Riordan was recently awarded the School of Cosmic Physics’ 75th Anniversary Prize at the Reach for the Stars astrophotography competition hosted by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS).

Sean’s image, ‘Zodiacal Light above Cliffs of Moher’, was chosen by Director of the DIAS School of Cosmic Physics Professor Tom Ray from more than 180 entries.

Through his photo, the Kilmallock photographer combined one of Ireland’s most iconic landscapes with one of the planet’s most unique phenomenons.

Sean explained that the zodiacal light is an eery glow that occurs in our sky during twilight, after sunset, or before sunrise around the months of February and March. It is the result of interplanetary dust reflecting sunlight.

Another one of Sean’s works, ‘The Burren Constellations’, is currently on display with 18 other highly-rated images as part of an outdoor exhibition at DIAS’s premises on the Burlington Road in Dublin.

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