Over 200 guests celebrated the 46th Annual awards of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland with Alan Betson of The Irish Times being named the AIB Press Photographer of the Year 2024.
Awards were presented across 10 distinct categories – News, Daily Life & People, Sports Action, Sports Feature, Portrait, Nature & the Environment, Politics, Arts & Entertainment, Reportage and Multimedia in addition to the AIB Sustainability Award.
All the winning and short-listed images from the ‘AIB Press Photographer of the Year’ 2024 can be viewed at the touring exhibition visiting various venues across the country over the coming year.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, An Tánaiste Micheál Martin said “I want to congratulate all the winners of tonight’s awards. The skills and experience necessary to be able to capture and tell the truthful story of an event, a moment, an emotion in a single image, are truly invaluable. They are especially so in an increasingly unpredictable world with emerging AI capability, social media manipulation and aggressive misinformation and disinformation campaigns. Our society benefits enormously from this vital work.”
DAILY LIFE & PEOPLE
NATURE & THE ENVIRONMENT
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The AIB Sustainability Award was presented to Dan Linehan of Irish Examiner for his image, ‘Hair-Raising Devastation’ which showed the utter devastation of a hair salon in Midleton, Co. Cork, which was destroyed by flood water following Storm Babet last October. The torrential flooding was the worst Midleton had seen in 70 years. The striking award, “True Inspiration”, carved by the artist Éibhlin Ní Chonaile of Celtic Roots Studio, was created from ancient bogwood over 5,000 years old.
The winner of the Multimedia award was Mark Condren, Mediahuis Ireland Irish Independent/Sunday Independent photographer for his short film ‘Mooving’. The film, described by the judges as “beautifully filmed” shows a Galway farmer moving his dry stock herd across a 100 metre wide stretch of the River Shannon.
In thanking AIB and the event sponsors, David Branigan, President of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, said “This year’s winning and highly commended images truthfully highlight many of the very difficult moments of 2023, both in Ireland and internationally through the medium of powerful press photography”.
The first visit on the exhibition tour will be the Library at the RDS, Dublin, where the full exhibition will be on display until 15th February 2024 before visiting dlr LexIcon in Dun Laoghaire, in March.
For further details on the exhibition and to view the winning images, please visit www.pressphotographers.ie
Main image: Title: Moon Swim Description: Swimmers took to the chilly seven degree water in a full moon Nollaig na mBan swim at Clontarf Baths, as part of a fundraiser for Women’s Aid. Photographer Alan Betson / The Irish Times
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