PPAI

2022

ABOUT THE AWARDS

Despite another very challenging year for the association’s members as a result of the ongoing Covid situation, there was still an excellent level and quality of entries for our judges to select from.

This year we welcomed back internationally renowned sports photographer Eddie Keogh who was joined by Helen Healy, Head of Pictures for the Financial Times, with former Pictures Editor of the Irish Times Frank Miller chairing the judging panel. The multimedia section was again judged by Philip Bromwell of RTÉ and Michael Lee, now retired after many years as an RTÉ cameraman and we thank them again for their continuing support.

James Crombie, last year’s winner of the Press Photographer of the Year Award, was awarded the title for the second year in a row and his superb portfolio was topped off by his now iconic image of the starling murmuration over Lough Ennell. Congratulations go to James, all the other winners and those whose images make up the exhibition.

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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 and Entertainment

1st Place Winner

Arts and Entertainment 2022, Niall Carson

NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH by Niall Carson

Walison the Clown empties popcorn over and unsuspecting member of the audience during Tom Duffy's Circus, which has begun touring Ireland again with a show in Drogheda having been shut down by the Covid-19 lockdown.


Daily Life & People

1st Place Winner

Daily Life & People 2022, Marc O’Sullivan

WATCHING by Marc O’Sullivan

A child stares at a drone at a drive-in cinema screening at Leopardstown, Dublin.


Multimedia

1st Place Winner

Multimedia 2022, Bryan O’Brien

COVID-19 AND THE SMALL RURAL IRISH PUB by Bryan O’Brien

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the rural Irish pub. We visit four family owned bars in and around Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who are struggling to survive.


Nature & The Environment

1st Place Winner

Nature & The Environment 2022, James Crombie

MURMURATION by James Crombie

A Starling murmuration over Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath


News

1st Place Winner

News 2022, Michael Mac Sweeney

KNIFE DRAWN by Michael Mac Sweeney

A knife is drawn during an altercation outside a protected women's housing scheme.


Politics

1st Place Winner

Politics 2022, Daragh McSweeney

GET IN LINE by Daragh McSweeney

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD pictured queuing for his Covid 19 vaccination booster jab at Cork City Hall Vaccination Centre.


Portrait

1st Place Winner

Portrait 2022, Kenneth O’Halloran

CAOIMHE’S 14TH BIRTHDAY by Kenneth O’Halloran

Caoimhe’s 14th birthday at her home in Corofin, Co. Clare.


Reportage

1st Place Winner

Reportage 2022, Gerry Mooney

THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL by Gerry Mooney

In the early part of 2021, Ireland was in the grip of a second Covid 19 wave. The vaccination rollout was only just beginning and the southwest of the country was a particular hotspot for severe illness and high mortality. The intensive care team in Limerick University led by Dr. Catherine Motherway, met the challenge head on and under huge strain coupled with such dedication and determination prevented many from certain death.


Sports Action

1st Place Winner

Sports Action 2022, Eoin Noonan

HANDLE WITH CARE by Eoin Noonan

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action against Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match between the Republic of Ireland and Portugal at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


Sports Feature

1st Place Winner

Sports Feature 2022, Eoin Noonan

BRILLANT BOHS by Eoin Noonan

Bohemians’ Keith Ward celebrates his side’s first goal, scored by Rory Feely, during the Extra.ie FAI Cup Final between Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Aviva Stadium Dublin.