It is an absolute pleasure to welcome our guest speaker, a renowned photographer Cyril Byrne of The Irish Times named ‘Photographer of the Year 2018’ at the annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland awards.
He won the overall award based on the excellence of his portfolio, while also winning awards in several categories including those of Daily Life and People, Nature and Environment and Arts and Entertainment.
Commenting on Cyril Byrne’s work the judges said: “This portfolio comprehensively shows the ability and imagination of the photographer over a wide range of subjects and situations. The judges felt that the photographer displayed an incredible ability over the many disciplines and facets of press photography. The many subjects dealt with in this portfolio shows the commitment to quality and presentation. A collection of images to be very proud of.”
Byrne began work as a staff photographer at Irish Press Ltd in 1973. He worked as an art editor for Irish Press Ltd from 1978-1981. In 1984 Byrne became an executive committee member of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland. He has photographed aspects of Irish life and landscape. He also taught photojournalism at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design.
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