The AIB Press Photographers Association of Ireland Awards Exhibition

  February –
March 2006

The AIB Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) Awards Exhibition will open to the public in the Gallery of Photography on Wednesday February 22nd. This annual exhibition brings together the best work by Irish press photographers both at home and abroad. The exhibition has been selected by an international panel of expert judges from over 1400 photographs submitted by more than 125 photographers. It provides a unique pictorial showcase of Ireland in 2005.

The AIB PPAI Awards Exhibition will be on view at the Gallery of Photography until March

5th and will tour to venues nationwide during 2006.

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Panel of expert judges begin deliberations for the AIB PPAI Awards 2006. Image by Shane O' Neill, Fennell Photography.

Panel of expert judges begin deliberations for the AIB PPAI Awards 2006. Image by Shane O’ Neill, Fennell Photography.

The International Panel of Judges

Chairperson Bride Rosney, RTÉ (Dublin), Mr. Jonathan Levy (Foto8, London) and Mr. John Chillingworth (JHC Communications), said they were hugely impressed with the skill and talent displayed in the entries, which included strong images from a broad spectrum of press photography, including news, sports, politics and the arts.

Chairperson of the judging panel, BRIDE ROSNEY, is RTÉ’s Director of Communications and has previously worked as a communications consultant, primarily dealing with accounts in the spheres of new technologies and the arts.

JONATHAN LEVY is the founder of foto8, the company which publishes EI8HT magazine and HYPERLINK “http://foto8.com”foto8.com the online journal. He started his photographic career freelancing for British newspapers most notably The Independent before moving to New York (1989) to first study at ICP and later to work with the French/US agency Gamma Liaison and the wire service Agence France Presse. Jon established HYPERLINK “http://foto8.com”foto8.com with colleagues as a free and independent exhibition space for photojournalists to publish their personal projects and long term stories. The success and popularity of the online journal was the inspiration for the physical print version, EI8HT and the launch of a new gallery for photojournalism, HOST gallery on Honduras Street in London.

JOHN CHILLINGWORTH has been described, along with some of his former colleagues from the Picture Post era, as a “Maker of Photographic History”. He joined Hulton Press, publishers of Picture Post as a trainee. The youngest of the post-war team of staff photographers, from the age of twenty-two, he travelled widely on editorial assignments. Seven years later, he resigned to freelance and has amassed a wide creative experience, not only of photography, but in editing and writing for industry, advertising and specialist magazines.

Brenda Moriarty, Head of Brand Management, AIB said: “AIB is delighted to be sponsoring the PPAI Awards for the fourth year running. Each year the standard and quality of the photographs improves and always provides an interesting illustrative record of Ireland during the previous year, encapsulating the trials and tribulations of everyday life.”

Billy Higgins, President of the PPAI said: “We represent press photographers from all over Ireland. Each year the competition continues to impress our overseas judges with the high quality and calibre of Irish press photography. That talent is underlined by AIB’s commitment and sponsorship of the prestigious awards and exhibition – providing a unique pictorial showcase of Ireland in 2005.”