Wicklow man Brendan Cullen has been named the winner of the Irish Farmers Journal/Cooney Furlong Machinery harvest photo competition.

The competition attracted 600 entries from photography enthusiasts across the country.

The winner, chosen by the team at Cooney Furlong Machinery, was the photo of bales resting in a field underneath the Sugarloaf Mountain in Co Wicklow.

The photo

A storm cell creates a double rainbow over the Sugarloaf Mountain, Co Wicklow. \ Brendan Cullen

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, a delighted Brendan said: “I was shocked. It is always fantastic when someone recognises that you got a good picture.

“I was driving along one day just before the harvest and noticed a field of barley. I got some pictures and decided about two weeks later that I would go back up to get some more shots with better lighting and the crop had been cut, much to my disappointment.”

The perfect storm

He continued: “I was looking at the clouds and the light, it was about an hour before sunset, next minute I was standing there and I got drowned, that’s where the double rainbow and storm cloud came from in the photograph.”

The field that the photo was taken in is owned by Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow and the crop was being harvested for Powerscourt Distillery.

Plans for the prize

Brendan, who is not from a farming background, plans on negotiating a deal with a tillage farmer friend for the GPS worth €1,500 from Cooney Furlong Machinery.

“I have a good friend who is a tillage farmer, so that is where the GPS will be going,” he said.

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