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'Tribune' snapper wins top prize for second year

MARK Condren of the 'Sunday Tribune' is the Press Photographers' Association of Ireland (PPAI) AIB Photojournalist of the Year for the second year in a row.

The judging panel said that all the images in his portfolio demonstrated "fantastic timing and a great news sense".

Mr Condren (32), from Castletownroche, Co Cork, also took first prize in the news category for a picture of the body of Toyosi Shittabey, the 15-year-old boy stabbed to death in Tyrellstown, Dublin, being laid to rest at the Muslim Burial Ground in Rathcoole Cemetery.

The judges said the image was well shot and showed great sensitivity and courage, without intruding on the family's grief.

Kenneth O'Halloran, a regular contributor to the Irish Independent, claimed all three prizes in the portrait category.

Gerry Mooney of the Sunday Independent received second prize in the arts and entertainment category.

An exhibition of prints opens in AIB Bank, Cornelscourt, Dublin on Tuesday, before going on a nationwide tour.

Irish Independent