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Press Photography Association of Ireland Exhibition 2022 is HERE!

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

Can you believe it has been a year since we had the Press Photographers Association of Ireland exhibition line The Mall? That too was a time we were plagued by the parameters of Covid 19 and under such restraints that these images, lined in their uniformity, honestly hit a nerve- a sympathetic nerve, which touched us all. Hosting some very relatable every day images, some heroic images - the boys home haircut comes to mind, the underwater swimmer with one arm and others that made us go absolutely wobbly through cuteness and the sheer beauty of nature that surrounds us!

Remember the winning shot? The hurler literally off the ground, hurl in one hand, with the moon in the background?

That award winning photographer is James Crombie and for 2022 is yet again awarded Press Photographer of the Year with his now iconic image of the Starling Murmuration Over Lough Ennell - Nice one James!

"Westmeath photographer, James Crombie takes top prize for the second year 2022, for his stunning photograph of starlings in formation of Lough Ennell." Irish Central- Newsletter

This year the PPAI 2022 exhibition images move indoors, the images aren't quite so large! They are lighting up our foyer and are many more in number than expected.... That can only be a good thing, you'll need time to see them all though! The catalogue is also available for you with that extra bit of information too. Defined into their contents and categories for example News, Nature & The Environment, Sports Action, Politics, Arts and Entertainment are but a few, but you get the idea.

James is currently a staff photographer working exclusively with Inpho Sport Photography in Dublin, apart from his own personal projects. I have the pleasure to announce to you that James will be part of our Culture night at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and joins us for a workshop this CULTURE NIGHT- Friday 23 September 7.30pm.

His workshop is entitled Evening Light Photography Class. It's a FREE class, and I can but warn you, spaces are limited.

This class focuses on those who have experience with a camera and have some level of aperture etc. For those who want to get more out of their camera and the shots they take with advise on the best time of photograph, how to compose the evening shot and how to use evening light to enhance the image.

This class is not for amateur but experienced photographers. You will need: camera (of course!), tripod (recommended for slow shutter speed shots).

Booking Is Essential!

Culture Night Offaly is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with the Offaly County Council Arts Office. For full programme visit

Get yourself to our website and book your free space, or call Mary at the box office 0579122911, 1 - 5.30pm Monday - Friday and she will happily take your details for this free workshop.

This exhibition remains with us until 25 September

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