James Crombie crowned photographer of the year

Bryan O’Brien wins two categories as Irish Times work receives five awards

The 43rd annual Press Photographer of the Year Awards were announced on Friday evening during a specially directed live stream awards ceremony presented by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.

The Press Photographer of the Year 2021 title was awarded to Tullamore-native James Crombie of the Inpho agency, whose portfolio the judges cited as “a marriage of superb features work, creative portrait work and solid sports photography”.

The Irish Times won five awards at the annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland event. Bryan O’Brien won two awards with first places in the Multimedia and Portrait categories. Damien Eagers was first in the Nature and Environment category, with Dara MacDonaill second. Tom Honan was third in the Daily Life category.



1, Hairy times. Mark Condren, Independent News & Media
2, So near, yet so far. Michael Mac Sweeney, Provision
3, Peek-a-boo Santa. Tom Honan, for The Irish Times


1, Cup up and away. Bryan Keane, Inpho Photography
2, He is risen. James Crombie, Inpho Photography
3, Rider on the storm…. Garry O'Neill, freelance


1, Savage beauty. Michael McLaughlin, freelance
2, High fliers. Gerry Mooney, Independent News & Media
3, Spiral dance. Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland


1, The cat that got the cream. Gary Ashe, freelance
2, Can we still be friends? Brian Lawless, Press Association
3, The wind that shakes the brolly. Lorraine Teevan, freelance


1, Foggy semi-final. James Crombie, Inpho
2, Full throttle. Piaras Ó Mídheach, Sportsfile
3, On to a quinner. Sam Barnes, Sportsfile


1, Weathering the boards. Clodagh Kilcoyne, Reuters
2, Lockdown man. Kenneth O'Halloran, freelance
3, Front line heroes. David Conachy, Independent News & Media


1, Bright spark! Damien Eagers, for The Irish Times
2, Eye of the storm. Dara Mac Dónaill, The Irish Times
3, Moonshine. Naoise Culhane, freelance


1, Harp handover. Bryan O’Brien, The Irish Times


1, Cocooning on mother's day. Bryan O'Brien, The Irish Times
2, Ellen Keane. Seb Daly, Sportsfile
3, Untitled. Aidan Crawley, EPA-EFE


1, First frontline fatality. Michael O'Neill, Freelance
2, In your face! Sam Boal, Rollingnews.ie
3, No comment. Paul Nicholls, Freelance