Red Arrows over Portrush wins worldwide photographic competition

Donna Rowley's winning image from Airwaves Portrush. INCR 15-709-CON
Donna Rowley's winning image from Airwaves Portrush. INCR 15-709-CON

A stunning image of the Red Arrows taken over the Causeway Coast and Glens has won a prestigious worldwide photography competition.

Photographer Donna Rowley captured the spectacular moment at the Air Waves Portrush International Airshow, which has just announced that the Red Arrows will once again perform on both days of this year’s event on September 2 and 3.

Donna won the top prize in the Military Aviation category of the Air&Space/Smithsonian Annual Photographic Competition, beating off stiff challenge from finalists from across the globe.

She is the only woman in the competition’s history to have two images shortlisted in any category.

Speaking about her success, Donna, from Newtownards, said: “I captured the photograph from the Silver Wings hospitality chalet at the Air Waves Portrush International Airshow which provides the best vantage point for capturing amazing photographs of some of the world’s most famous aircraft.”

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will once again be delivering a packed programme of aerial entertainment this September.

Richard Baker, director, Leisure and Development with the council, said: “Air Waves Portrush is one of the most anticipated diary dates in Northern Ireland’s events calendar and we are incredibly excited that the RAF Red Arrows have just confirmed they will be in the skies over the Causeway Coast and Glens on both days of the event again this year. 

“We would also encourage any aeroplane enthusiasts to register their interest for the Silver Wings Hospitality Chalet – the best seat in the house, with lunch, private bar, exclusive parking and front-row views of the weekend’s aerial spectacles. Space each day is limited so advance booking is essential”

For event information visit www.AirWavesPortrush.co.uk