Winner of Galway Advertiser’s Photo Competition ‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ announced!

More than 600 entries to Galway Advertiser Photo Competition.

Chaosheng Zhang photography of the Long Walk from the Claddagh, winning picture of Galway Advertiser Photography Competition 'The Best Things in Life  Are Free.'

Chaosheng Zhang photography of the Long Walk from the Claddagh, winning picture of Galway Advertiser Photography Competition 'The Best Things in Life Are Free.'

At the Galway Advertiser, we believe the ‘Best Things in Life are Free’, just like our newspaper which is delivered to over 40,500 homes and businesses FREE every week.

Celebrating 50 years in business, The Galway Advertiser prides itself on bringing the people of Galway their local and community news in both print and online.

Our ‘Best Things in Life are Free’ Photography Competition encouraged our readers to share with us their photos of the things in life they love to enjoy, in beautiful County Galway.

The competition was launched on World Photography Day, August 19th, and ran until 17th September.

With over 600 competition entries, choosing the winner, was a very difficult task. You can view all the entries by searching the hashtag #GalwayFree on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

We hope you agree with our decision…

And the Winner is....

Chaoshengzhang winner

Competition winner’s photo, shared by Chaosheng Zhang on Instagram with the caption ‘Good morning Galway’

Congratulations to Chaosheng Zhang with his stunning photo of the sunrise on the Long Walk. NUIG Senior Lecturer of Geography and Archaeology, Dr Chaosheng Zhang is also a self-proclaimed photography ‘amateur’. His passion for photography came from taking photos of his children when they were small. He began posting photos on social media in 2017, and has gained over a thousand followers since. You can find Dr Chaosheng Zhang on Instagram @Chaoshengzhang and Twitter @ZhangChaosheng.

Dr Chaosheng Zhang will be treated to a dinner for two at the G Hotel, courtesy of the Galway Advertiser.

Chaosheng Zhang and Charlotte Haffner

Charlotte Haffner Galway Advertiser Digital Marketing Executive presents Chaosheng Zhang winner of Galway Advertiser's 'Best Things in Life are Free' photography competition with his prize from the g Hotel & Spa. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Also pictured below are the top 10 of our favourite pictures, in no particular order of preference.

Many thanks to all photographers for your wonderful images of pure joy!

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Grzegorz Dutkowski

Shared by Grzegorz Dutkowski on Instagram with the caption ‘I think I found what I like to look at : ) I felt so good looking at the sky and clouds, landscapes especially during the night time, this is what I love the most.’

Mirror Pavilion by snapfilterpost

The Mirror Pavilion on the Claddagh in Galway is definitely a (photograper’s ) sight to see. The temporary installation is part of the reimagining of the Galway International Arts Festival which was cancelled due to COVID’ by @snapfilterpost on Instagram

Piotr Machowczyk

Piotr Machowczyk on Instagram ‘Like a smoke from the chimney – classic view from Connemara’

Niamh Ronane

Seriously how can you beat that! It’s pics like this that makes me think we have the most scenic beaches in the world!!’ by Niamh Ronane on Instagram


By its_a_jenny_thing on Instagram ‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ I had a wonderful hike in the Central Maumturks […] The views on this hike were the best I’ve ever seen!!!’


‘Autumn sunsets’ by @fromtheharte on Instagram

Concepta McNamara

Sunrise at Silver Strand, Galway by Concepta McNamara on Facebook

fromtheharte family time

‘Family time’ by @fromtheharte on Instagram

Andrius Antonovas

‘Spectacular installation at the Galway Claddagh! An “unseen world” by John Gerrard as part of Galway City of Culture by Andrius Antonovas on Facebook and Instagram


‘I’ve done this composition at Dunguaire Castle in the past but I couldn’t help myself re-taking it with these flowers in full bloom and the evening sky being simply perfect.’ By foto_by_fint on Instagram


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