Press Photographers' Association of Ireland awards: Irish Times takes top prize Fri 6 Feb 2015 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Alan Betson The Irish Times. RAINDROP: Alistair McClymont with a raindrop hovering in mid-air, as part of Strange Weather: Forecasts from the Future exhibition at Dublin's Science Gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Alan Betson The Irish Times INSPECTING THE GUARD: President Michael D Higgins inspecting the Guard of Honour in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle during his State Visit to Britain. PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Alan Betson The Irish Times. LAST GOODBYE: The daughters of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, Miriam, Emer, Andrea, Cathy and Leonie, with other family members during his funeral. PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Alan Betson The Irish Times UP CLOSE AND PERSSSSONAL: Kyran Sheehan, from Celbridge, at the Herpetological Society of Ireland stand, at the Pets in the City family event in Smithfield Square PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Alan Betson The Irish Times FATHER AND SON: Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin, with his son Henry, celebrating victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2014 replay PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Alan Betson The Irish Times Anti Austerity campaigner Paul Murphy (2nd left) celebrates winning the Dublin South West byelection at the count centre in Tallaght DAILY LIFE & PEOPLE 1st - Eric Luke The Irish Times NOTHING CAN GO WRONG? Oops? nothing can go wrong, or can it? A photo session with children at Dublin Castle POLITICS 1st - Brenda Fitzsimons The Irish Times UNITED WE STAND, TOGETHER WE FALL: Minister for Justice Alan Shatter TD and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, prior to their resignations over the Garda whistleblower controversy ART & ENTERTAINMENT 1st - Dara MacDonaill The Irish Times MILEY IN THE MONEY: Miley Cyrus performing on stage in Dublin NEWS 3rd - David Sleator The Irish Times UNDER PRESSURE: Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan leaving Leinster House after attending a sitting of the Public Accounts Committee investigating the penalty points affair. ART & ENTERTAINMENT 2nd - Brenda Fitzsimons The Irish Times PORKY AND BESS: Chef Kevin Thornton with a pig's head as part of his installation at the Trinity Science Gallery, which explored the beauty and the stigma of fat DAILY LIFE & PEOPLE 3rd - Bryan O'Brien The Irish Times TAKING THE SUN: Residents of Ailesbury Nursing Home, Sandymount, enjoy the sunshine on a day trip to the rose gardens of St Anne's Park, Raheny NATURE & ENVIRONMENT 1st - Domnick Walsh Eye Focus WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE OUTSIDE, MUM? Mary and Margaret Dennehy, of Ballylongford, stand by as Dad Michael fights to keep water out of the home following high tides and storm force winds. NEWS 1st - Crispin Rodwell freelance UNDER-FIRE DEPUTY: Tanaiste Joan Burton takes refuge in a Garda vehicle after her car was surrounded by anti water-charge protesters. She was trapped for over two hours SPORTS ACTION 1st - Ramsey Cardy Sportsfile DISTORTED VISION: Everth Briceno lands a right hook on Kal Yafai, during their IBF Inter-Continental super-flyweight bout NATURE & ENVIRONMENT 2nd - Clodagh Kilcoyne Freelance A GULL'S GALL: A seagull attempts to steal a fish from the jaws of a common seal and is met with an unexpected reaction at Kilmore Quay, Wexford PORTRAIT 2nd - Donall Farmer Inpho THE STARE: Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, at a pitchside press conference in Malahide PORTRAIT 3rd - John Kelly Clare Champion THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA: Paddy Hanrahan collecting seaweed as fertiliser for his garden, near Cappa, Kilrush, Co Clare SPORTS FEATURE 2nd - Ramsey Cardy Sportsfile READY FOR BATTLE: Carl Frampton weighs in for his IBF superbantamweight world title fight against Kiko Martinez. Niall Carson PA Ireland ANGLE OF DESCENT: Red Bull diver Gary Hunt performs a leap from the mast of the Jeanie Johnston famine ship past the Samuel Beckett Bridge on the River Liffey.