TALENTED photographers in Limerick and the Mid-West have again been recognised for their stunning body of work over the past year by the Press Photographers Association of Ireland.
Some 116 photographers entered the 37th annual awards this year, and Alan Betson of The Irish Times claimed the title of Press Photographer of the Year 2015. He was presented with his award by President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin last Friday night.
Among those recognised locally was Liam Burke, one of the co-founders of the photographic agency Press 22 for his illuminating silhouette of the Giant Granny as she marched over Sarsfield Bridge last summer during the Royal de Luxe extravaganza for City of Culture.
Liam saw his image hanging at the awards ceremony after it was shortlisted in the arts and entertainment category, and it was also just one of a handful of images chosen to feature on The Late Late Show after the awards ceremony that night. “I was very proud to see my work featured on the night, and equally proud of my colleague Brian Arthur,” he said.
Brian was also recognised for his image of Fr Donough O’Malley, pictured at St Mary’s Church, after he called for mental health aid for flood victims in the wake of the devastating floods last February. It was shortlisted in the daily life and people category. Diarmuid Greene from Pallasgreen saw his images covering the Special Olympics last summer shortlisted in the reportage category.
Their images are likely to feature among some 100, which will tour the country later this year.
With over 2,244 images entered, competition was steep, and no Limerick photographer claimed any of the top gongs this year.
However, photographer John Kelly of The Clare Champion claimed both first and third prize in the portrait category, as well as third place in the sports feature category.