The Bleeding Pig is staging the Amateur Art & Photography Competition for the second year, as a result of a fantastic response to last year’s Competitions.
The Sponsor of both Competitions is Ray O’Rourke of Easy Steps Financial who is a local Insurance Broker in Donabate.  Ray sponsored last year’s Competitions and we are delighted that Ray and Easy Steps Financial have agreed to be our Sponsor for both of the 2019 Competitions.
We had a very high standard of entries last year, which posed the Judges with a difficult decision in both Competitions.
Our venue for this year’s Competitions is  Donabate Portrane Community College and we wish to thank the School Principal, Mr Creevy, for agreeing to host this year’s event.
The event will take place on Saturday 7th September
The subject of the 2019 Art Competition is “Portrait, Still Life and Landscape”, so, we are encouraging our budding artists on the Peninsula, to enter a painting of their choice from the above subjects.
The subject of this year’s Photography Competition is “Daily Life on the Donabate Portrane Peninsula”, this can be a photograph of a resident on the Peninsula or a photograph of a place or whatever you the entrant feels depicts Daily Life on the Peninsula.
We have reduced this year’s entry age from 18 to age 16 due to the level of interest in last year’s competitions
The First Prize for each competition is €100 and the second prize is €50, so we look forward to a variety of entries in both competitions.

Steve Humphreys returns to judge the photographer competition and artist Geraldine Kretsch will judge the artist competition.

  From Dublin, Steve has won Multiple Awards (18 to date) as a Staff Photographer and Videographer with the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and various INM titles and has worked there since 1994.
Having traveled extensively throughout Europe, Shanghai, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Nigeria Africa, Mauritius and the United States with his work, he continually covers many major news breaking stories both domestically at home and abroad.
His work has also appeared in many other publications and media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, London Independent, CNN News, The Irish Times, SKY News, Q Magazine, HELLO Magazine to name a few and he has been commissioned in the past by artists such as Rock Star’s U2 and Shane MacGowan.
A previous OVERALL winner of the AIB Photojournalist of the Year, he has won 1st Prize in the Daily Life & People Category (2018) covering a humanitarian assignment to Maiduguri in Nigeria, one of many villages paralysed over the past 8 years as Boko Haram attack, abduct and rape its women. More recently, he has won 3rd Prize in the same category at the prestigious PPAI Awards earlier this year (2019).

  Portrane resident, Irish artist, Geraldine Kretsch, calls herself a “veteran” artist because she studied at the National College of Art (NCA), located at Kildare St., Dublin, now totally re-established as The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) at Thomas St. Dublin.
Geraldine has painted through a wide range of subjects from murals to miniatures. Her experience includes teaching, exhibitions, Art Fairs and myriads of commissions such as Aer Lingus, the Dublin Archdiocese, Hospices, Hotels, Restaurants etc.
Geraldine has given up doing her large scale work now and enjoys passing on what knowledge she has acquired.