Power and Privilege Today

Winners of Secondary School Photographic Competition Announced

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life invited secondary school students to enter its photographic competition, Power & Privilege Today. The competition ran alongside the museum’s temporary exhibition Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858-1922, which was on loan from the National Photographic Archive. The exhibition highlighted what was considered to be power and privilege long ago. Students were asked to capture an image that conveyed what they considered to be 'Power & Privilege' today in 2012.

The Museum’s Education and Outreach Department, which ran the competition as part of its Schools Programme 2011/ 2012, is delighted to announce the winning entries:

1st Prize

Power of Oblivion by Maeve Donaldson

Maedbh Donaldson, 5th year, Maynooth Post Primary School, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

2nd Prize

Liah Knight

Liah Knight 2nd year, Killorglin Community College, Killorglin Co. Kerry.

3rd Prize

Homework by Áine Kilfeather

Áine Kilfeather, 3rd year, Ursuline College, Sligo.

Maedbh Donaldson's submitted a landscape scene entitled the 'Power of Oblivion'. She described feeling privileged to be witnessing this breathtaking view. Her image is also a meeting of history and the future. Liah Knight submitted an images of a horse's eye. She was inspired by the horse as powerful animal and the privilege of being around them. Áine Kilfeather's photograph is a close up of a calculator and her maths homework. It represents figures and education in today's society.

The exhibition was on display at the museum from December 2011 until late May 2012, and will continue to travel to different venues over the coming months. Further information from the National Photographic Archive’s website

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