Irish Independent photographers snap up seven press awards
The Irish Independent swept the boards at the Press Photographer of the Year awards last night, with Mark Condren winning the overall title for the fourth time.
Mr Condren was one of five Irish Independent photographers to pick up seven separate prizes at an award ceremony in Dublin.
He picked up the title of Press Photographer of the Year 2016 and was also placed first in the News category for his image 'Goodbye'.
Legendary INM photographers Tom Burke and Ray Cullen picked up lifetime achievement awards.
And there were prizes for Steve Humphreys and Arthur Carron, while Gerry Mooney's work will feature in the forthcoming exhibition.
More than 2,000 images were entered by 103 photographers nationwide.
Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) President Michael Chester said he was delighted to see Mr Condren recognised for his outstanding work.
"Mark's skills across a broad range of subjects and sensitivity stood out to the judges," said Mr Chester.
The judging panel commended Mr Condren's work, saying: "The portfolio shows strong ability across a diverse range of subjects, producing this set of well executed pictures."
Veteran photographer Tom Burke, who has worked at the Irish Independent since 1964, was given an honorary membership of the PPAI for his long-standing contribution to Irish photojournalism, alongside former colleague Ray Cullen.
Steve Humphreys won first place in the Politics category for his image of Athlone flood victim Gertie Dunning guiding Taoiseach Enda Kenny through rising water as he inspected damage to her property.
Mr Humphreys' picture of U2 performing during their 'Innocence + Experience' tour was awarded third place in the Arts and Entertainment category.
Arthur Carron finished second place in the portrait category, for his photograph of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
Independent News and Media Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae said: "We always strive to have the very best photographic coverage in our print and online products.
"We are delighted that the talent of our photographers has been recognised by the PPAI and congratulate them all.
"Mark, as the ultimate professional, is thoroughly deserving of the top prize."