ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Press Photographer of the Year Awards were established to bring the talented & memorable work of Ireland's press photographers to a wider audience. Entries are submitted by members of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland and the images should have been taken during the previous twelve months.

The Awards have gone from strength to strength and judging the entries can take several days. With over 2,000 entries to consider, all of a very high standard, difficult decisions have to be made. The Judging panel picks first, second and third places in each of nine picture categories, as well as the overall winner.

To view this years winners select from the categories below.


1ST PLACE WINNER - INDIVIDUAL STUDY 2009

1st Place Winner
Individual Study 2009, Julien Behal

THE INDIAN by Julien Behal

Legendary bare knuckle boxer and hard man 82 yr old James 'Indian'McCook pictured in his pigeon coop in his back yard outside the village of Armoy,North Antrim in Northern Ireland.



2ND PLACE WINNER - INDIVIDUAL STUDY 2009

2nd Place Winner
Individual Study 2009, Eamonn Farrell

Stepping Into The Breech by Eamonn Farrell

Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin pictured at the Irish Catholic Bishops Winter Conference in Maynooth, where he challenged other bishops to resign over the child abuse issue.

3RD PLACE WINNER - INDIVIDUAL STUDY 2009

3rd Place Winner
Individual Study 2009, Brian Lawless

Into The Blue by Brian Lawless

Irish Olympic swimmer Melanie Nocher at the Ireland team hotel in advance of the FINA World Swimming Championships Rome 2009



SHORTLISTED

HAND CUFFED
Shortlisted

HAND CUFFED by Peter Morrison

Sea the Stars
Shortlisted

Sea the Stars by Morgan Treacy

Alex and friend
Shortlisted

Alex and friend by Kenneth O'Halloran

Still life
Shortlisted

Still life by Mark Condren

Padraig at 80
Shortlisted

Padraig at 80 by Michael McSweeney

Walking the  line
Shortlisted

Walking the line by Cyril Byrne

THE ROYAL MARK
Shortlisted

THE ROYAL MARK by Julien Behal

Rob Kearney.
Shortlisted

Rob Kearney. by Dan Sheridan

TUTU
Shortlisted

TUTU by Frank McGrath

Big man
Shortlisted

Big man by Mark Condren

Big man
Shortlisted

Big man by Mark Condren

Still life
Shortlisted

Still life by Mark Condren

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