The best 27 photographs from last year: PPAI awards

Tom Honan named Press Photographer of the Year

1st, Multmedia: Bryan O'Brien - Work riders turn up at training yards and stables all over Ireland early every morning to exercise hundreds of thoroughbred horses out on the gallops. Harsh weather, punishing hours and low pay do nothing to dent their passion. Video: Bryan O'Brien  

 

Irish Times freelance Tom Honan has been named PPAI Press Photographer of the Year. Dubliner Honan won for his Irish Times commissioned portfolio and won three of the award’s nine categories – Politics, Arts and Entertainment, Portrait – as well as the overall award.

Irish Times Picture Editor Brenda Fitzsimons won the Daily Life and People category for her photo of former National Maternity hospital master Rhona O’Mahony and Bryan O’Brien was named multimedia photographer of the year for his video of work riders at stables on the Curragh.

The Press Photographers Association of Ireland awards took place in Dublin on Friday night. An exhibition of this year’s awards, featuring 101 prints, will be available to view at the Ballsbridge Hotel until Thursday, February 21st, before it moves to the RDS.

NEWS

1 Gary Ashe, Irish Daily Star

Fatal stabbing in Dundalk ,Day2.Pic shows Mohamed Morei (black hair,black top,grey tracksuit bottoms) at Dundalk courthouse this evening.Pic Gary Ashe/The Star.4/1/2018
Mohamed Morei (black hair, black top, grey tracksuit bottoms) at Dundalk courthouse. 

2 Fergal Philips

Pope Francis as he arrives at Dublin Airport.
Pope Francis as he arrives at Dublin Airport.

3 Leah Farrell, Rollingnews.ie

Cervical cancer patients Vicky Phelan and Aine Morgan speak to the media outside the gates of Leinster House

DAILY LIFE AND PEOPLE

1 Brenda Fitzsimons, The Irish Times

02/03/2018-NEWS-Rhona Mahony Master of the National Maternity Hospital photographed at Hollis Street Hospital.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES
Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, at Holles Street Hospital.

2 Tom Honan

SUMMER IN THE CITYA view of Dollymount Strand in Dublin during the fine weather.
A view of Dollymount Strand in Dublin during the fine weather.

3 Steve Humphreys, INM

Aaron Lavery (13) from Thomas Street, Dublin, gets a sneak peek past Garda Michael McGrath atthe Dublin footballersÕ homecoming in Smithfield
Aaron Lavery (13) from Thomas Street, Dublin, gets a sneak peek past Garda Michael McGrath at the Dublin footballers' homecoming in Smithfield

SPORTS ACTION

1 Stephen McCarthy, Sportsfile

Tony Ferguson in action against Anthony Pettis in their UFC lightweight fight during UFC 229 in Las Vegas

2 Tommy Dickson, Inpho

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/11/2018Ireland vs New Zealand All BlacksIreland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New ZealandMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try against  New Zealand

3 Oisín Keniry, Inpho

2018 Para Swimming Allianz European Championships, National Aquatic Centre, Dublin 15/8/2018UK’s Jacob Leach during a warm up sessionMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Jacob Leach during a warm-up session of the European Paralympic Games in Dublin

SPORTS FEATURE

1 Michael Chester

A female competitor takes a shower after the Liffey Swim

2 Ramsey Cardy, Sportsfile

17 November 2018; Jonathan Sexton of Ireland celebrates with supporters late in the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Johnny Sexton celebrates a tackle with supporters late in the match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

3 William Cherry, Presseye

Ahmed Clarke of University at Albany scores against Long Island University during Thursdays game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, Belfast.
Ahmed Clarke of University at Albany scores against Long Island University during a Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic game

PORTRAIT

1 Tom Honan

ESKIMO BOYA young boy feels the force of the Beast of the East during the snow storm.
A young boy feels the force of the Beast of the East during the snow storm.

2 Daragh Mac Sweeney

Norbert Nkengurutse, who came to Ireland from Burundi in 2016, at the Crawford Gallery, Cork.

3 Jerry Kennelly

Dingle dancer David Geaney leaps for joy as his dance show opens at New YorkÕs Victory Theatre
Dingle dancer David Geaney leaps for joy - and publicity - as his dance show opens at New York's Victory Theatre

NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

1 Ramsey Cardy, Sportsfile

A view of the 18th hole ahead of the Ryder Cup 2018 Matches at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
A view of the 18th hole ahead of the Ryder Cup 2018 matches at Le Golf National in Paris, France.

2 Valerie O‘Sullivan

ESB crew arrives at Valentia Island Lighthouse, Cromwell's Point, Co. Kerry, during Storm Eleanor

3 Margaret McLaughlin

Catching the last light of the day on a summer night along the Causeway coast.

POLITICS

1 Tom Honan

WINNING FEELINGPresident Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Dublin Castle after wining the Presidential Election.
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Dublin Castle after wining the presidential election.

2 Clodagh Kilcoyne, Reuters

Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton attend an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RC19792325C0
Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton attend an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement in Belfast

3 Naoise Culhane

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy takes a closer look at a model of Cherrywood Town Centre whichwill develop 1,269 new apartments in South Dublin
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy takes a closer look at a model of the proposed Cherrywood Town Centre

ART AND ENTERTAINMENT

1 Tom Honan

1st 	Tom Honan – Bono performing at rhe eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour
Bono performing on the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour

2 Hany Marzouk

2nd, Hany Marzouk – Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring imagery of the lunar surface at Shop Street, Galway as part of Galway Arts Festival.
Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring imagery of the lunar surface at Shop Street, Galway as part of Galway Arts Festival.

3 Sasko Lazarov, Photocall

Winners at the Griffith College Film and TV Showcase at the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin

REPORTAGE

1 James Crombie, Inpho

A view of wind-swept racegoers at the Cheltenham Festival
A view of wind-swept racegoers at the Cheltenham Festival

2 Declan Monaghan

The Canadian is a trans-continental train journey between Vancouver and Toronto. The journey takes four days, and covers 3,350km, taking in the most breathtaking scenery on the continent

3 Liam McBurney, Razorpix

Devastating fire breaks out at Bank Buildings in Belfast, home of Primark's flagship store in Northern Ireland

MULTIMEDIA

Bryan O‘Brien, The Irish Times

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2019

Tom Honan