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.
Josef Pavelka by Eamon Ward
Josef’s story gained attention through his appearance before a District Court Judge where it was discovered that he and his friend Piotr Baram were living in public toilets in Ennis, Co. Clare. They had come to Ireland for work during the boom, but the economic downturn coupled with chronic alcoholism left them homeless. They were not entitled to Social Welfare but relied on the kindness of strangers. After a brief time in emergency accommodation in Galway they returned to Ennis where, within a month, Josef died alone in a laneway. His friend Piotr is still homeless in Ennis.
Inside Home Eviction by Michael McSweeney
Martin and Claire O’Sullivan in the kitchen of their home in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where they were being threatened with eviction. Supporters protest outside the house as Claire receives a message saying that bailiffs were outside and about to seize their home.
Inside the Lion's Tour to Australia by Dan Sheridan
Throwing Shapes by Niall Carson
Life From The Sea by Eamon Ward
A FAMILY’S FUNERAL by Tom Honan
Studying the Form by John D Kelly
The Election of Pope Francis by Steve Humphreys