Limerick photographer Kieran Clancy pictured above.
Limerick photographer Kieran Clancy awarded honorary membership at Press Photographers of the Year awards
Limerick photographer, Kieran Clancy, was awarded honorary membership of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland for his outstanding contribution to the association and press photography in Ireland at this year’s Press Photographer of the Year Awards.
Kieran was a staff photographer at the Cork Examiner for over 20 years, and he then freelanced from 1999 until his retirement in 2016. A winner of many photography awards over the years, Kieran is also a former President of the PPAI.
For the first time, this year’s Awards ceremony was held digitally and was streamed online via the Press Photographers Association of Ireland website. Presented by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan alongside Crispin Rodwell, President of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, the ceremony saw photographers from all four corners of the island of Ireland recognised for excellence in press photography.
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The ‘Press Photographer of the Year’ 2021 title was awarded to James Crombie of Inpho Photography, whose portfolio the judges cited as “A marriage of superb features work, creative portrait work and solid sports photography.” James received two category awards – first prize in sports activities for his sublime image ‘Foggy Semi-Final’ as fog descended during the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final between Mayo and Tipperary and second prize in sports non-action for his iconic image ‘He is Risen’ taken as a fan watches St. Brigid’s play Boyle in the Roscommon GAA Senior Football Championship Semi-Final over a graveyard wall.
The awards, which were presented across ten categories, were opened with a special address by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin T.D. and featured appearances by a host of other well-known figures and stars including Lord David Puttnam, Professor Luke O’Neill, Jamie Heaslip, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Cunningham, Zak Moradi, Dr Marian Keyes, Joseph O’Connor, Samantha Barry, Pat Shortt, Donie O’Sullivan and Samantha Power.
Depending on government and HSE guidelines, the exhibition may go on tour to various libraries and venues around the country throughout the year. To view the winning and highly commended images from the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, visit their website www.ppai.ie.
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