PPAI

Picture Story
2009

1ST PLACE WINNER
Picture Story 2009

BURKINA GOLD RUSH

by Michael Mac Sweeney

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
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
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
BEGGARS BELIEF

By Michael O’Neill

Beggars Belief.. A conning cripple's Oscar-winning performance is found out by surveillance - the shuffle, the sting, the getaway, the take - sparking outrage on national airwaves.

SHORTLISTED
KEEPER OF THE LIGHT

By Valerie O’Sullivan

Keeper of the Light...Richard Foran ,Valentia Island, is the Lighthouse Keeper on Skellig Michael Island one of the most enigmatic and remote sacred sites of all Europe.It lies 12 km of the South west coast of Kerry. An imposing Rock face continuously beaten by the strong Atlantic Ocean, rising 218 meters about sea level. Skellig lighthouse is one of the main sea lights off the south west coast of Ireland and is located on the outer and larger of the Skellig rocks. Two Lighthouses were established on Skellig Michael in 1826, only one remains, automated in 1987, Richard visits and maintains the Lighthouse every 3rd week and is often stranded on the island due to adverse weather conditions as was the case on this particular visit when fog and the unforgiving swells of the Atlantic sea, kept him there for three days. Richard is a great story teller and avid reader. His stories of lighthouse keepers along Ireland's Coasts are fascinating.

SHORTLISTED
IN NEED OF NICOTINE

By John C Kelly

Smokers take advantage of any opportunity to light up.

SHORTLISTED
'TRODDING THE BOARDS IN THE STICKS'

By Finbarr O’Rourke

Killoughternane drama group from rural Carlow perform 'The Playboy of the Western world', to people from the community, in a disused school made into a theatre.

SHORTLISTED
FLOODS OF TEARS

By Eamon Ward

Scenes from the unprecedented flooding that devastated the Country in 2009.

SHORTLISTED
HEROIN

By Brenda Fitzsimons

The bombed out former Russian Cultural Centre in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, it has now become home to many heroin addicts. Afghanistan produces over 90% of the worlds opium and its sale is alleged to be funding the Taliban.

SHORTLISTED
GRAND SLAM WINNERS

By Billy Stickland

Some of the Ireland Rugby team that won the Grand Slam pose for pictures in different ways with their medals after the match