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To celebrate MTU Innovation and Enterprise month 2021, The Teaching and Learning Unit, AnSEO and The Arts Office brought you 'Moments: Teaching and Learning at MTU', a photo and caption competition. The competition ran throughout March, 2021, and was open to all MTU students and staff.

The aim of the competition was to capture moments in the lives of students and staff across all campuses at MTU, celebrating our diversity and collective, as well as individual, experiences.

We sought submissions that were striking, thoughtful and fun, with an evocative caption.

Photographers of all abilities submitted more than 300 images under 4 categories:

  • Together Apart
  • Creative in Challenging Times
  • Teaching and Learning at a Distance
  • Make me Smile

We had prizes for the top 2 images in each category as well as one overall winner, who received €1000 of Canon photographic equipment from our sponsors O’ Learys Cameraworld, 90 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork.

We would like to thank our external judging panel and special guests for their time and effort:

  • Jean Francois Turbide – O’ Learys Cameraworld
  • Kevin McStravock – Deputy President of the Union of Students in Ireland
  • Terry Maguire – Director of the National Forum for the Advancent of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 
  • Paul Cowhig – Wavebreak Media
  • Special Guest James Crombie – Irish Press Photographer of the Year 2021
  • Professor Maggie Cusack -  President of MTU
  • Trish Brennan - Head of the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art

Additionally, we had the Presidents Prize, kindly sponsored and chosen by MTU president Professor Maggie Cusack.

A list of our 2021 winners can be found below the finalists slideshow.






Name Department/Course Image
Together Apart


Avril O’ Sullivan

BA Photography with

New Media

Are you there?
Together Apart


Avril O’ Sullivan

BA Photography with

New Media

There is a first time for everything
Creative in Challenging Times Winner Xhan Angeles BA Creative Digital Media Creative Isolation
Creative in Challenging Times Runner-up Pearse Healy Food Photography What happens when the books run out?
Teaching & Learning at a Distance


Samantha Zaccaria BBus Business Mind is our library
Teaching & Learning at a Distance


Avril O’ Sullivan

BA Photography with

New Media

I'll try the wall
Make me Smile


Fiona Tobin Hotel, Culinary & Tourism

The truth behind turned off


Make me Smile Runner-up Cliona Power

BSc Nutrition & Health


The bittersweet reality of virtual


Overall Prize Winner Dr Krishnakumar Chullipalliyalil

CAPPA – The Centre for Advanced Photonics &

Process Analysis

Look who's talking now - Lasers,

Lights & COVID-19

Presidents Prize Winner Cian O' Regan RISAM PhD Student

"We choose to go to the

moon...not because it is

easy but because it is hard" JFK


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