Judging of the annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) ‘Press Photographer of the Year Awards 2017 took place this weekend, with almost 1,800 images submitted into this year s competition, by members of the PPAI from right around the country. This year marks the association s 39th annual awards.
Open to members of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, the awards reward and celebrate the very best of Irish press photography. The awards run across nine categories; news, daily life & people, nature & the environment, politics, sports action, sports feature, portrait, art & entertainment and reportage, as well as the overall title of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2017 . This year also saw the addition of a special award for an outstanding black and white image, as well as an award for video.
This year s judges included Dermot O Shea, former picture editor of The Irish Times, who again chaired the panel; Sophie Batterbury, Picture Editor of i + Johnston Press and Tom Lawlor, international photographer and broadcaster.
Michael Chester, President, Press Photographers Association of Ireland, said: “The Press Photographers Association of Ireland is the representative body for press photographers in Ireland and our annual awards is the pinnacle of our association s calendar. Not only do the awards recognise the outstanding talents of our members, but they also promote the craft of press photography in Ireland and mark its importance in Irish society.
The winners of the ‘Press Photographer of the Year Awards 2017 will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 27th January 2017. The winning images will form the ‘Press Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2017, which will tour selected venues around the country throughout the year.