Tuesday 21 November 2017

INM photographers hit for seven at annual press awards

Sealed with a kiss : Lieutenant Kevin Fitzgerald gives his partner Emma Day a kiss after he was awarded his Wings at a ceremony at Casement Aerodrome. Photo: Mark Condren
Sealed with a kiss : Lieutenant Kevin Fitzgerald gives his partner Emma Day a kiss after he was awarded his Wings at a ceremony at Casement Aerodrome. Photo: Mark Condren
A young boy blesses himself over the coffin of his cousin who lost their lives in the Carrickmines fire tragedy Photo: Mark Condren
21. CARRYING THE CROSS A re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, at Ballymun Town Centre - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
26. THE BLACKSMITH Blacksmith Florence O'Sullivan, from Boolteens, Castlemaine, Co Kerry - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
34. MY LITTLE BONNIE Mairead Murphy, from Sligo, shows off her 4-month-old baby, Pearl, to Rachel Williams and Ruth Walsh on Ladies Day at the Galway Races - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
69. D-DAY Sir John Leslie, 98 year old D-Day veteran, who was awarded Legion D'Honneur at a ceremony at the French Ambassador's Residence - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
102. THE RISING Characters from the 1916 Freedom Tour passing Government Buildings, Dublin - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
Bono has Edge in the palm of his hand as U2 triumphantly return home to the 3Arena in Dublin for the first night of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. Steve Humphreys Irish Independent
Gertie Dunning from Carrickobrien in Athlone invites Taoiseach Enda Kenny into her flooded home following the recent flood damage to the area. Steve Humphreys Irish Independent
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Independent News & Media 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 INM photographers to pick up seven separate prizes at an award ceremony in Dublin.

A young boy blesses himself over the coffin of his cousin who lost their lives in the Carrickmines fire tragedy Photo: Mark Condren
A young boy blesses himself over the coffin of his cousin who lost their lives in the Carrickmines fire tragedy Photo: Mark Condren

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’.

Renowned photographers Tom Burke and Ray Cullen picked up lifetime achievement awards.

21. CARRYING THE CROSS A re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, at Ballymun Town Centre - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
21. CARRYING THE CROSS A re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, at Ballymun Town Centre - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016

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.

26. THE BLACKSMITH Blacksmith Florence O'Sullivan, from Boolteens, Castlemaine, Co Kerry - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
26. THE BLACKSMITH Blacksmith Florence O'Sullivan, from Boolteens, Castlemaine, Co Kerry - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016

Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) President Michael Chester said that 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,” he said.

34. MY LITTLE BONNIE Mairead Murphy, from Sligo, shows off her 4-month-old baby, Pearl, to Rachel Williams and Ruth Walsh on Ladies Day at the Galway Races - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
34. MY LITTLE BONNIE Mairead Murphy, from Sligo, shows off her 4-month-old baby, Pearl, to Rachel Williams and Ruth Walsh on Ladies Day at the Galway Races - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016

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 never put down his camera, was bestowed with an honorary membership of the PPAI for his long standing contribution to Irish photojournalism working at the Irish Independent since 1964.

69. D-DAY Sir John Leslie, 98 year old D-Day veteran, who was awarded Legion D'Honneur at a ceremony at the French Ambassador's Residence - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016
69. D-DAY Sir John Leslie, 98 year old D-Day veteran, who was awarded Legion D'Honneur at a ceremony at the French Ambassador's Residence - Mark Condren, Irish Independent, Press Photographers Association of Ireland 'Press Photographer of the Year' 2016

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 their Innocence + Experience tour was awarded third place in the Arts and Entertainment category.

Gertie Dunning from Carrickobrien in Athlone invites Taoiseach Enda Kenny into her flooded home following the recent flood damage to the area. Steve Humphreys Irish Independent
Gertie Dunning from Carrickobrien in Athlone invites Taoiseach Enda Kenny into her flooded home following the recent flood damage to the area. Steve Humphreys Irish Independent

Arthur Carron finished second place in the portrait category, for his photograph of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae said: "We always strive to have the very best photographic coverage in our print and online products.

Bono has Edge in the palm of his hand as U2 triumphantly return home to the 3Arena in Dublin for the first night of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. Steve Humphreys Irish Independent
Bono has Edge in the palm of his hand as U2 triumphantly return home to the 3Arena in Dublin for the first night of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. Steve Humphreys Irish Independent

"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."

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