Showcasing the natural beauty of the Gortin Glens

ENTRIES are being sought for an amateur photography competition that celebrates a Tyrone forest park famed for its natural beauty and abundance of wildlife.

Visitors to Gortin Glen Forest Park, which is around six miles outside Omagh, are being invited to submit nature photographs taken in the park and the surrounding area in order to enter the competition.

Organised by the Friends of the Glens, the ten best photographs that are received will be going on display at the Mellon Country Inn.


A spokesperson for the group said, “Great photos are already being sent in for the photography competition, so get out to the park to see the ducks, deer, red squirrels, trees and waterfalls!”

Images should showcase the wide variety of wildlife and the park’s natural environment. Entries taken on Mullaghcarn mountain and at the Gortin lakes will also be accepted.

The photographs, which must not include people, should be submitted to sponsor, Image Express, Omagh, via email on or by visiting the shop at High Street, Omagh and saying your picture is for the competition.

The spokesperson added, “The overall winner will receive their photo presented in a large frame, while the second and third prizes will be photos presented in smaller frames. The closing date for entries is this Friday. Good luck!”

A £1m re-development of Gortin Glen, led by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC), is currently underway, aiming to transform the popular beauty spot into a “family-friendly outdoor experience”.

The first phase of the work, which was completed this summer, saw the opening of a nature-themed children’s playpark.

As part of the second phase of the development, around 12kms of mountain bike trails and facilities are being constructed. These are expected to be ready for the public early in the New Year.


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