PPAI

Reportage
2011

1ST PLACE WINNER
Reportage 2011

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
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
CARROWNISKY BEACH RACES

By James Horan

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

Shortlisted
BALLINASLOE HORSE FAIR

By James Horan

Scenes from the annual Ballinasloe horse fair. The October Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Ireland, deals are done, horses are raced and the young traveller girls search for husbands.

Shortlisted
HOUSE OF GOD

By Cathal McNaughton

Although the Catholic Church has come under severe pressure following the clerical sex abuse scandals I found signs of how deeply ingrained Catholicism still is in Irish Life. Religious iconography and symbols are still prominently displayed in homes throughout Ireland.

SHORTLISTED
ANGRY EARTH

By Mark Condren

The aftermath of the Haiti earthquake

SHORTLISTED
FAIR TRADE

By Kenneth O’Halloran

Fairs are more than places of trade in Ireland. Women regard them as occasions worth dressing up for, often with great care, lending a kind of delicacy to the day, a femininity to counterweigh the spit-in-the-hand dealings of the men folk. There is a vibrancy of colour, red hair, freckles and a range of ensembles guaranteed, at the very least, to attract your notice. Many of these are travelling people, part of an ancient tribe of Gaelic nomads who have never remained in one spot for very long despite numerous integration attempts by settled society. Though they lead very simple and basic lives they have a reputation for ostentation and pomp in marking certain occasions. But there's business to be done. On days like these horses and ponies are their stocks and shares; the towns and squares of Ireland morph into their trading floors. In the aftermath of the Celtic Tiger, seen by many as a vacuous and immoral age, these old meeting grounds are flourishing arenas of openness and transparency. They barter. They laugh. They sing. They row.

SHORTLISTED
DERELICT HOTEL.

By Fran Veale

The Ard Ri Hotel in Waterford has been abandoned by its owners. Now stripped, rotting and vandalized beyond recognition, the once thriving hotel has become a blot on the city's landscape.

SHORTLISTED
DEPARTURE DAY DAWNS

By Domnick Walsh

Dingle Community Hospital Patients move from the 180 year old to a New hospital built in the town of Dingle . 43 residents of Dingle Community Hospital will move to their new state of the art home in the new multi million West Kerry Community Hospital.

SHORTLISTED
DOUBLE TAKE

By Dara MacDónaill

The Twins festival in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

SHORTLISTED
DIVING

By Brian Lawless

Images of competitors during various diving events at the 2010 LEN European Long Course Swimming Championships.

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