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.

Previous winners

2022 James Crombie
2021 James Crombie
2020 Mark Condren
2019 Tom Honan
2018 Cyril Byrne
2017 Gerry Mooney
2016 Mark Condren
2015 Alan Betson
2014 Julien Behal
2013 Mark Condren
2012 Julien Behal
2011 Mark Condren
2009 Mark Condren
2008 Steve Humphreys
2007 Niall Carson
2006 Bryan O'Brien
2005 Matt Kavanagh
2004 Alan Betson
2003 Frank Miller
2002 Bryan O'Brien
2001 Brenda Fitzsimons
2000 Bryan O'Brien
1999 Bryan O'Brien
1998 Frank Miller
1997 Alan Betson
1996 Frank Miller
1995 Bryan O'Brien
1994 Crispin Rodwell
1993 Matt Kavanagh
1992 Matt Kavanagh
1991 Dara Mac Dónaill
1990 Billy Stickland
1989 James Meehan
1988 John Carlos
1987 Jim O'Kelly
1986 Eric Luke
1985 Peter Thursfield
1984 Alan Lewis
1983 Peter Thursfield
1982 Tom Lawlor
1981 Austin Finn
1980 Peter Thursfield
1979 Brian Barron
1978 Colman Doyle

Arts and Entertainment

1st Place Winner

Arts and Entertainment 2006, Mark Condren


Artist Robert Ballagh in his Dublin studio.


1st Place Winner

Features 2006, Flood Bath by Ray Ryan

Flood Bath by Ray Ryan by Flood Bath by Ray Ryan

River water floods onto land where cows drink from a bath, which is used as a water trough, in Co. Galway.

Individual Study

1st Place Winner

Individual Study 2006, Somebody up There Likes Me by Graham Hughes

Somebody up There Likes Me by Graham Hughes by Somebody up There Likes Me by Graham Hughes

Artist Gerard Dowling takes a look around his home where the council have been trying to evict him for nearly 30 years.


1st Place Winner

News 2006, David Conachy

THE LONG GOODBYE by David Conachy

The remains of former Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey, en route to his final resting place, in Sutton.


1st Place Winner

People 2006, UNTITLED


Daniel Day Lewis and Rebecca Miller by Mark McCall

Picture Story

1st Place Winner

Picture Story 2006, David Conachy

A DAY IN DECEMBER by David Conachy

Members of the Fallonstown Gun Club on their annual St. Stephen's Day Shoot.


1st Place Winner

Politics 2006, Daragh McSweeney

'EYE' SPY by Daragh McSweeney

Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin TD pictured at the re-opening of the Crawford Observatory, in UCC.

Special humour

1st Place Winner

Special humour 2006, Frank McGrath

MAN'S GOT BALL ('S') by Frank McGrath

A streaker heads for the Lake on the 18th Green on the Ryder Cup.

Sports Action

1st Place Winner

Sports Action 2006, Matt Browne

OVER THE TOP by Matt Browne

The early leaders clear "Ruby's Double" as "It's only a puppet", with Robbie McNally, falls, during the Kildare Hunt Club Steeplechase, Punchestown.

Sports Feature

1st Place Winner

Sports Feature 2006, Morgan Treacy

HORSE & JOCKEY by Morgan Treacy

A jockey tries to calm his horse after suffering a broken leg, whilst racing on the strand, at Laytown Races.