The Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. last night announced Julien Behal as the AIB Photojournalist of the Year 2014, Behal’s second time to scoop the award. The awards, which are the annual awards of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, were presented at a ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, last night (14.02.14).
In his winning portfolio Julien received five AIB Photojournalism Awards. Three of Julien’s awards were for images taken in his current role as photojournalist with Maxwell Photography, 1st Prize Portrait, 1stPrize Politics and 2nd Prize Reportage. While two of his awards, 1st Prize News and 2nd Prize Portrait, were taken on assignments for Press Association of Ireland.
Almost 2,000 images were entered by 112 Photojournalists from around Ireland into this year’s awards, which reward and recognise excellence in the field of photojournalism. In total 28 awards were presented by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D., across nine categories – news, daily life,sports action, sports feature, portrait, environment, politics, arts & entertainment and reportage, as well as the overall title of AIB Photojournalist of the Year 2014.
Former Irish Times picture editor Dermot O’Shea was Chairman of the judging panel and this year’s guest judges were award-winning photojournalists Philip Coburn, of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirrorand Lefteris Pitarakis, Associated Press.
Commenting on this year’s winner, the Judge’s said; “The judges felt that, with winning photographs in four categories, this photographer displayed his incredible ability over the many disciplines and facets of press photography. The many subjects dealt with in his portfolio shows the commitment to quality and presentation. A collection of images to be very proud of.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Denis O’Callaghan, Head of Retail Banking, AIB, said; “The AIB Photojournalism Awards reward excellence in the field of photojournalism here in Ireland. The touring exhibition, which this year contains 122 images, allows the Press Photographers Association of Ireland to showcase the talents of its members to a nationwide audience, through our branch network. On behalf of AIB, I would like to congratulate Julien Behal, on being named the AIB Photojournalist of the Year 2014.”
Ray McManus, President, Press Photographers Association of Ireland,said; “I would like to congratulate my colleague Julien on winning this award for the second time, having won the award in 2012. Julien’svaried portfolio shows his talent as a photojournalist and sets a very high standard for our profession. The Association is extremely proud of its members and the work which they do around the country.”
The AIB Photojournalism Exhibition, featuring 118 prints, will start a nationwide tour shortly, visiting selected AIB branches, festivals and other events. A series of Masterclasses for schools, camera clubs and photography groups will be held in locations throughout the country over the coming months.
Judging of the prestigious Press Photographers Association of Ireland AIB Photojournalism Awards 2014 is underway, with almost 2,000 images submitted, into this year’s competition, by 112 photographers, from around the country. The competition is the annual awards of the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland.
This year’s expert panel of judges includes former Picture Editor Dermot O’Shea, as Chair of the judging panel and award-winning photographers Philip Coburn and Lefteris Pitarakis. Prizes will be awarded across the 9 categories of -news, daily life, sports action, sports features, portrait, environment, politics, arts & entertainment, reportage, as well as the overall title of AIB Photojournalist of the Year Award 2014. The largest entry this year was received in the daily life and people category.
Tom Kinsella, Group Marketing Director, AIB, said: “Photojournalism plays an integral role in our media and these awards commend and reward excellence in the field. The accompanying AIB Photojournalism Exhibition, which combines the winning and highly commended images from the Awards will tour the country following the awards, allowing the work of the Association to be seen by a wide audience right around Ireland.”
Ray McManus, President, Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland, said: “The Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland represents photojournalists from right around Ireland, supporting our profession and ensuring the highest standards. Our annual awards and exhibition, allow us to commend excellence in Irish photojournalism and ensure it is seen by a wide audience, through the travelling exhibition.”
The winners of the AIB Photojournalism Awards 2014 will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 14th February. The winning images will form the AIB Photojournalism Exhibition 2014, which will tour selected AIB branches and other venues around the country throughout the year.
“After months of negotiations I am delighted to announce Officially that AIB will be continuing its association with the Press Photographer Association of Ireland. The sponsorship covers the annual awards of the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland and the accompanying travelling exhibition.” ~ details will be sent out to members in due course ~ more info at the conference
Pictured at the launch of the 2013/14 AIB Photojournalism Awards and Exhibition are Michael Chester, President, Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland and Tom Kinsella, AIB Group Marketing Director.
Make a date for your diary! This year’s Annual PPAI Conference and AGM has been announced for November 15th-17th in the beautiful Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club in Tullow, County Carlow. The cost has yet to be confirmed but we are determined to keep the weekend affordable for all, and
as ever children will be welcome for free in family rooms.
As always, a range of speakers will be provided, as will a variety of activities for partners and children. More details will follow regarding the venue, speakers, and programme of events.
Meanwhile, please visit the hotel website at www.mountwolseley.ie
We strongly encourage all members to attend.
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.
Paddy Whelan – R.I.P.
At the recent opening of the Exhibition in Dalkey
Judging of the prestigious Press Photographers Association of Ireland AIB Photojournalism Awards 2013, with over 2,017 images submitted by 120 photographers, from around the country. The competition which showcases excellence in Irish photojournalism, is open to members of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland.
Paddy Barron – R.I.P.
Pat Maxwell – RIP
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