We are fortunate to be blessed with some of the world’s finest sports photographers operating on the island of Ireland and on the global stage.
On Friday The Press Photographers Association of Ireland awarded James Crombie of Inpho Photography with the accolade of OPress Photographer of the year for his stunning portfolio of shots taken throughout the year.
James has been shortlisted for his work in sports action almost every year since 2008 and he came in 2nd place in 2011 and 2013 for Rugby action shots from the Six Nations and the Heineken Cup.
Winning the Sports Action category for this year put him in the mix for the Main prize of Photographer of the Year and that was confirmed on Friday.
The actual winning shot in the Sports Action category was of a foggy, empty Croke Park for the All Ireland semi-final between Tipperary and Mayo.
Piaras Ó Midheach and Sam Barnes, both of Sportsfile took second and third places for shots of the Dublin GAA Football Championships and the National Indoor Athletics Championships.
In the sports non-action category, Inpho doubled up with Bryan Keane taking first place with the Corofin team celebrating, again at Croke Park.
James Crombie picked up second place with Garry O’Neill taking third.
Brendan Moran, Morgan Treacy, David Fitzgerald, Oisin Keniry, Seb Daly, Ramsey Cardy, Eoin Noonan, Tommy Dickson and the founder of Inpho Billy Stickland were also among those shortlisted for the year.
You can see a selection of their work below. It is consistently and absolutely stunning.
Sport for Business Partners