Organisers of the Today’s Ulster Rally are giving one lucky person the chance to win £250 as part of a new photography competition established in memory of Bryce Sands. Bryce, who passed away suddenly at the beginning of May, was a long-serving member of the Northern Ireland Motor Club and a well-known face at the Ulster Rally for 30 years.

He held a number of positions, including Deputy Clerk of the Course, and is widely regarded as the individual who helped pioneer the high standard of safety plans that are now required to organise stage rallies. Away from work and his many motorsport duties Bryce had a keen interest in photography.

This year's Ulster Rally sees the launch of a new photography competition held in memory of Bryce Sands
This year's Ulster Rally sees the launch of a new photography competition held in memory of Bryce Sands

Anyone can enter the competition and the only stipulation is that all photos must be taken during the course of the event, which gets underway on Friday, August 16th, and finishes on Saturday, August 17th.

Submissions to will be accepted for two weeks after the rally until August 31st. A select judging panel will then whittle down the entries before picking an overall winner, to be announced by September 14th. Further details are available on the event website and Facebook page.

Today’s Ulster Rally Event Director, Richard Swanston, said: “The photographic competition is a fitting way to remember Bryce’s legacy and contribution he made to the event. Bryce has been involved with the Ulster Rally right from the start. He did work for it every year,” adding: “As long as a photograph is linked to the event then it will be eligible for entry.”

This years Today’s Ulster Rally is based in Newry.

The event will begin with a shakedown stage on Friday 16th August followed by a ceremonial start in the city’s Albert Basin at 8:45pm. Competitive stages will take place on Saturday 17th, with three visits to the service park at Newry High School during the day. The finish ramp will see the winner’s celebrations begin at 6pm on Saturday evening. The start, service and finish areas are open to the public and spectators and fans are encouraged to attend and get up close to their favourite cars.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s First Citizen, Councillor Charlie Casey, said the Ulster Rally relocating to his home town meant a weekend of unmissable sporting action that would bring many benefits to the area’s economy.

“I’m so pleased that this high-profile event has chosen Newry as its base, and that the Council was able to offer its support,” said Councillor Casey.

“The Ulster Rally helps to expose the district to wider audiences and showcase Newry, Mourne and Down as an exciting tourist destination. One of Council’s objectives is to become one of Northern Ireland’s finest events destinations, and events like the Ulster Rally will help Council to achieve this objective,” he added.

Richard Swanston, Event Director, welcomed the support from Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and stated “The city of Newry offers excellent facilities to base the rally here with easy access to fantastic stages allowing us to give competitors a great challenge within a compact route.

Julie Burden, S&W wholesale, said “the company is excited to be joining forces with the rally, especially as it is based in our home city from where we supply our Today’s local convenience stores. We encourage spectators to come and meet us in the service park over the weekend.

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