I have been a professional photographer for 14 years. I’m currently employed by The Press Association news agency in Dublin. Before I joined the agency, I was a staff photographer at the Irish News in Belfast for three years; previously I was a staffer at the Andersonstown News and Down Democrat weekly papers. I have won numerous press awards including The Irish Photojournalist of the year in 2007 and the Northern Ireland News Photographer of the Year in 2001
I became interested in photography as a teenager living in West Belfast. With the troubles still raging there was no shortage of material for photographers to shoot. I first picked up a camera as a 14 year old during a training course at Belfast Exposed, a photographic collective in the city. They encouraged young people from different religions to photograph each others neighborhoods
I've been punched by politicians arrested by Gardai and even shot in the leg by dissident republicans while on assignments. However I would recommend the career to anyone, as it has given me a very unique look at life that no other job can offer.