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.
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.
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
HAND CUFFED by Peter Morrison
Sea the Stars by Morgan Treacy
Alex and friend by Kenneth O'Halloran
Padraig at 80 by Michael McSweeney
Walking the line by Cyril Byrne
THE ROYAL MARK by Julien Behal
Rob Kearney. by Dan Sheridan
TUTU by Frank McGrath