The list of venues and dates for the AIB Photojournalism Exhibition 2013 is now available.
The winners of the prestigious AIB Photojournalism Awards 2013 were announced last night
(15.02.13) at a ceremony in The Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Irish Independent Photojournalist Mark
Condren was named as the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland AIB Photojournalist of the
Year 2013, Condren’s third time to scoop the title.
The Awards, which are open to members of the Press Photographer’s Association of Ireland,
celebrate and reward excellence in Irish Photojournalism. Over 2,000 images were entered into this
year’s competition, by 120 photojournalists from all around Ireland, across nine categories – news,
daily life, sports action, sports portfolio, portrait, environment, politics, arts & entertainment and
The expert panel who judged this year’s competition comprised Chairperson, Dermot O’Shea (former
Photographer and Picture Editor) and two multi award-winning Photojournalists, Eddie Mulholland,
The Telegraph Group and Philip Coburn, The Sunday Mirror. Speaking about Mark Condren’s winning
portfolio the Judges said; “With two category winners in his portfolio, alongside a breath of quality
images showing an astonishing range of ability the Photojournalist of the Year stood out. Great
composition and a mastery of all elements of press photography presented the judges with a set of
images that were difficult to fault, but easy to feel envious of.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Denis O’Callaghan, Head of Branch Banking, AIB, said; “AIB is
delighted to be celebrating 11 years of partnership with the Press Photographers’ Association of
Ireland, in sponsoring its annual awards and accompanying exhibition. In the coming months the
travelling exhibition will visit many of our branches and other selected venues around Ireland, often
coinciding with local arts festivals – bringing the outstanding talent of members of the PPAI to a
national audience. On behalf of AIB, I would like to congratulate Mark Condren on being named AIB
Photojournalist of the Year 2013.”
Michael Chester, President, Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland, said; “On behalf of the
Press Photographer’s Association of Ireland, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our
colleague, Mark, for being named the AIB Photojournalist of the Year 2013, for the third occasion.
Mark is an incredibly talented Photojournalist whose fine skills have stood out to the Judges of this
competition. Mark’s eye for detail, skill and impeccable timing all shine through in his work, which is
a credit to Irish Photojournalism.”
The AIB Photojournalism Exhibition, featuring 125 prints, opens in AIB, Bankcentre Branch on
Tuesday, 19th February 2013. It will then go on tour, visiting selected AIB branches and other venues
nationwide. Masterclasses for schools, camera clubs and photography students will also be held in
locations throughout the country over the coming months.
View photos taken at the Exhibition at several venues around the country.
This year’s Annual Conference and AGM, held on October 14/16 in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone, was a huge success. Fifty photographers along with wives, partners, children and invited guests arrived on Friday for the start of a great weekend.
Following an informal dinner and a relaxing evening meeting up with old friends, it was an 9.30am start on Saturday morning for the members.
First speaker from the packed programme was Adam Duckworth who showed us how to get the best out of our flashes on and off the camera. This was followed by Byran O’Brien’s presentation on Multimedia.
While all this was happening, 15 children along with adults enjoyed a cruise on a viking boat along the River Shannon. During the trip the children received swords and viking helmets and scenes reminiscent of the Siege of Athlone ensued.
Following lunch, Frank Miller spoke on Ethics & Digital Manipulation and freelance photojournalist Adrian Brooks showed us some of his work.
Later in the afternoon, while many opted to take a swim in the pool and relax in the hotel spa, some male members were spotted ambling around the shopping mall adjoining the hotel.
This year we had a supervised children’s club during which they had their evening meal and were entertained till late.
At 7.30pm members and guests met in the Seige Room for drinks and then over 100 sat down for our Gala Dinner.
The evening ended with the spot prizes being presented by M.C. Ray McManus. Up for grabs this year were a Bluray player, four-ball and overnight accommodation, cameras and even a sledge. Bryan O’Brien ended up with a framed montage of Daniel O’Donnell.
There was another early start on Sunday morning for our AGM. This was the last official function of outgoing president David Sleator before Michael Chester took over and a new committee was elected.
After coffee, our final speaker photojournalist Kieran Dodds gave his presentation.
Following a four course lunch and our charity raffle (which raised €800), everybody headed home after what had been a memorable conference weekend.
• The committee would like to thank our friends in Canon, Nikon, Barker Photography, accountant Mark McCann and pensions expert Brendan Reade for their support at the conference.
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