PPAI

2020

ABOUT THE AWARDS

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

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 & Entertainment

1st Place Winner

Arts & Entertainment 2020,

EP 2019 by

Fans in the crowd for Kodaline on the main stage at Electric Picnic.

Nature & The Environment

1st Place Winner

Nature & The Environment 2020, Niall Carson

ON REFLECTION by Niall Carson

A cormorant in Dublin’s Grand Canal during a spell of mild weather.

News

1st Place Winner

News 2020, Tom Honan

GIRL IN THE BLACK CAP by Tom Honan

Riana Achari (8) from Gorey, Co. Wexford, pictured at “Extinction Rebellion Funeral for Humanity” on O’Connell Street, Dublin.

Daily Life & People

1st Place Winner

Daily Life & People 2020, Marc O’Sullivan

SUMMER SHOWER by Marc O’Sullivan

torrential summer rain shower on Abbey Street, Dublin.

Portrait

1st Place Winner

Portrait 2020, Mark Condren

HEAD ABOVE WATER by Mark Condren

Firefighter and open-water swimmer Rachel Lee who holds the Irish record for men and women for crossing the English Channel.

Politics

1st Place Winner

Politics 2020, Mark Condren

STORMY TIMES by Mark Condren

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shelters from the rain during the naming and commissioning ceremony of the new Naval Service vessel L.É. George Bernard Shaw on the Frank Cassin Wharf, Waterford.

Sports Action

1st Place Winner

Sports Action 2020, Tommy Dickson

WET IN WEXFORD by Tommy Dickson

Wexford’s Liam Óg McGovern scores a point during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game against Kilkenny.

Sports Feature

1st Place Winner

Sports Feature 2020, Ryan Byrne

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS by Ryan Byrne

Shelbourne fans set off flares during their FAI Cup match against Bohemians at Dalymount Park, Dublin.

Reportage

1st Place Winner

Reportage 2020, Niall Carson

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT by Niall Carson

Scenes from a year of violence in Northern Ireland which saw a resurgence of bonfires in nationalist areas and the death of journalist Lyra McKee.

Multimedia

1st Place Winner

Multimedia 2020, Mark Condren

PRISON TO PRO by Mark Condren