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 - REPORTAGE 2011

1st Place Winner
Reportage 2011, Kim Haughton

Shadowlands by Kim Haughton

Across Ireland, it is estimated that there are 300,000 unoccupied houses and over 600 unfinished 'ghost estates'. As construction was the defining symbol of the boom, these empty edifices, scattered all across the landscape have become symbolic of the bust. At the height of the celtic tiger, 25% of workers were employed in the construction sector when the European average was 8%. These empty properties stand as painful reminders of our fragile hopes and the ephemeral nature of things.



2ND PLACE WINNER - REPORTAGE 2011

2nd Place Winner
Reportage 2011, Eamon Ward

Chernobyl's Human Cost as the 25th Anniversary approaches by Eamon Ward

In the days following the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 99 % of the land of Belarus was contaminated to varying degrees by radioactive fallout. A quarter of a century on, the costs to those living in the region are widespread. A generation later, children are being born with birth defects, heart problems and thyroid cancer. High unemployment and poverty is putting pressure on family life. Social problems and domestic abuse are widespread. Today, there are about 7 million people living with the physical and psychological legacy of this man made disaster

3RD PLACE WINNER - REPORTAGE 2011

3rd Place Winner
Reportage 2011, James Horan

Carrownisky beach races by James Horan

Scenes from the annual Carrownisky beach races, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.



SHORTLISTED

Angry earth
Shortlisted

Angry earth by Mark Condren

Derelict Hotel.
Shortlisted

Derelict Hotel. by Fran Veale

Ballinasloe Horse Fair
Shortlisted

Ballinasloe Horse Fair by James Horan

Double Take
Shortlisted

Double Take by Dara Mac Dónaill

Diving
Shortlisted

Diving by Brian Lawless

Departure Day dawns
Shortlisted

Departure Day dawns by Domnick Walsh Eye Focus

House of God
Shortlisted

House of God by Cathal McNaughton

Fair  Trade
Shortlisted

Fair Trade by Kenneth O'Halloran

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