INM photographer Mark Condren scooped the prestigious press photographer of the year award at last night’s annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) event.
The veteran photojournalist, whose work is published across INM titles including the Irish Independent and independent.ie, also won the top prize for a portrait photograph at the event.
His picture of firefighter and open-water swimmer Rachel Lee, who holds the Irish record for men and women for crossing the English Channel, was deemed best in the category.
One of his award-winning images, 'Stormy Times' - which was highlighted on tonight's Late Late Show - can be seen below.
“Stormy Times says it all really,” Condren said.
“It was like the weather we have now, everyone was inside. I got lashed on,” he told Ryan Tubridy during a brief appearance on the Late Late Show on RTE One tonight.
“Luckily the Taoiseach engaged with me, straight down the lenses,” he said.
He also took top prize in the politics category.
Condren beat tough competition to take the overall top spot on the night.
Tom Honan, last year’s overall winner, took the top spot in the news category for his picture for the Irish Times of Riana Achari (8) from Gorey, Co Wicklow, at the Extinction Rebellion Funeral for Humanity on O’Connell Street.
In the daily life and people category, freelance photographer Marc O’Sullivan won first prize for a shot of torrential summer rain shower on Abbey Street in Dublin. In the reportage category PA photographer Niall Carson was presented with the trophy for top prize for his pictures capturing the 12th July bonfires in Northern Ireland
The event was held last night at the Ballsbridge Hotel, in Dublin with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, RTÉ star Miriam O’Callaghan and actor Stephen Rea among those in attendance.
The PPAI is a not-for-profit, volunteer lead organisation comprising of the best photographers in Ireland.