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The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is calling for submissions for a secondary school level photography competition, ‘Power & Privilege Today.’

The photography competition runs alongside the museum’s temporary exhibition POWER AND PRIVILEGE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BIG HOUSE IN IRELAND 1858-1922,, which will run until the end of May '12. This exhibition is a collection of photographs from the National Photographic Archive circa 1858 -1922 that show us what was considered to be power and privilege long ago.

The museum is now challenging secondary students to capture the image that they think best conveys the idea of ‘Power & Privilege Today’ in 2012. Is it a big house, a new car, or the latest pair of trainers -- or is it something more subtle? A variety of prizes are on offer, with first prize being a new digital camera.

All secondary students are invited to submit an entry. Photographs must be the student’s original work, and only one entry per student can be submitted. Entries should be emailed to

The email must also include the student’s name, age, school, class, teacher’s name, title of the photograph, and a brief statement of no more than 50 words explaining how the photograph matches the theme ‘Power & Privilege Today.’ Images must be no larger than 2MB. Entries will be accepted until 25th May 2012.

Primary & Post-Primary schools' programme is available on our website .


For further information please contact:

• Bernie Byron, Marketing Executive, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Tel: (094) 903 1773; email:

• Aoife O’Toole, Education & Outreach Dept., National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Tel: (094) 903 1769; email:


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