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.

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Previous winners

2023 Mark Condren
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

AIB Sustainability Award

1st Place Winner

AIB Sustainability Award 2023, Laura Hutton


Foliage explodes from a bed in an abandoned hotel on the West Coast of Ireland. The hotel closed six years ago and is now only visited by urban explorers.

Arts and Entertainment

1st Place Winner

Arts and Entertainment 2023, Alan Betson

THE BEADY EYE by Alan Betson

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell speaking to media at the premiere of The Banshees of Inisherin at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin.

Daily Life & People

1st Place Winner

Daily Life & People 2023, Dan Linehan

COOL by Dan Linehan

The O’Callaghan family cool down on the beach at Garrettstown, Co. Cork, during record daily temperatures in July.


1st Place Winner

Multimedia 2023, Bryan O’Brien

TRUE TO TYPE by Bryan O’Brien

Following a brain haemorrhage, Leo Molloy turned his passion for collecting and restoring vintage typewriters into a full time job.

Nature & The Environment

1st Place Winner

Nature & The Environment 2023, Nick Bradshaw

HERON ON THE HUNT by Nick Bradshaw

Heron being chased by a mallard after snatching her duckling on the Upper Lake, UCD. This site is a biodiversity hub where you can see wildlife in action.


1st Place Winner

News 2023, Clodagh Kilcoyne

OVER THE BORDER by Clodagh Kilcoyne

A tear drop rolls down a young woman’s cheek aboard a bus after fleeing from Ukraine to Romania, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret, Romania.


1st Place Winner

Politics 2023, Tom Honan


Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe pictured before attending a Budget 2023 photocall.


1st Place Winner

Portrait 2023, Mark Condren

WORN OUT by Mark Condren

A woman in an IDP camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, after she had to walk for days when her crops failed and animals died. Somalia is the second most climate-vulnerable country in the world. The country is currently on the brink of famine. Four rainy seasons in a row have failed – a climatic event not seen in at least 40 years.


1st Place Winner

Reportage 2023, Gerry Mooney


Following his public announcement and acceptance that he was suffering with Motor Neurone Disease, veteran Irish journalist Charlie Bird set himself the challenge of climbing the 2,500ft holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. This was to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Foundation and Pieta House, but also to show life challenges could be overcome. In doing this, he unintentionally brought the country together at a time when another man was trying to divide the world. People from all over the country supported his efforts throughout, none more so than his wife Claire and his beloved companion Tiger.

Sports Action

1st Place Winner

Sports Action 2023, Billy Stickland

FLYING FINISH by Billy Stickland

Munster’s Damian de Allende scores a try despite Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs during a Heineken Champions Cup game.

Sports Feature

1st Place Winner

Sports Feature 2023, Sam Barnes


Conor Cox of Roscommon, left, and Johnny Heaney of Galway tussle off the ball during the Connacht FBD League Final match between Galway and Roscommon at NUI Galway Connacht Air Dome in Bekan, Mayo.