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 - PICTURE STORY 2009

1st Place Winner
Picture Story 2009, Michael McSweeney

Burkina Gold Rush by Michael McSweeney

Artisan Gold Mining in SW Burkina Faso. Over a 3 month period a camp of 50,000 has grown around this mine in a modern day version of the Klondyke with no running water or medical facilities



2ND PLACE WINNER - PICTURE STORY 2009

2nd Place Winner
Picture Story 2009, Brian Lawless

At The Races by Brian Lawless

A collection of horse racing images depicting a day at the races taken throughout the year at various Irish venues.

3RD PLACE WINNER - PICTURE STORY 2009

3rd Place Winner
Picture Story 2009, Bryan O'Brien

Fall and Recover by Bryan O'Brien

Irish Modern Dance Theatre rehearse their production of "Fall and Recover" , choreographed by John Scott in May.



SHORTLISTED

Grand Slam Winners
Shortlisted

Grand Slam Winners by Billy Stickland

Keeper of The Light
Shortlisted

Keeper of The Light by Valerie O'Sullivan

In Need Of Nicotine
Shortlisted

In Need Of Nicotine by John C Kelly

Beggars Belief
Shortlisted

Beggars Belief by Mick O'Neill

Heroin
Shortlisted

Heroin by Brenda Fitzsimons

'Trodding the boards in the sticks'
Shortlisted

'Trodding the boards in the sticks' by Finbarr O'Rourke

Floods Of Tears
Shortlisted

Floods Of Tears by Eamon Ward

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