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Paul Snaps Up Award

Lusk local Paul Nicholls nabbed third place in the features category of the recent Photojournalism awards. The prestigious Press Photographers Association of Ireland AIB Photojournalism Awards and Exhibition 2008 recently took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Paul began his press photography career here at the County Leader and was one of the first freelance photographers to work with us when we were established in 1994. So everyone at the office was more than delighted to see one of their own from years gone by take the prize.

This is the 31st year of the annual awards which pay tribute to the essential role and power of photography

in today’s changing world. This year entries reached a record high with over 1,900 images entered from 120 photographers.

So it’s no surprise North County local Paul was delighted when his name was announced, his picture ‘Out for the Count’ swooping the award for third place in the prestigious features category. Paul’s winning photograph vividly displayed a bare knuckle fight in action at a secret location where only a small number of people are allowed to attend.

Speaking to the County Leader Paul said “I was absolutely thrilled to win, in the world of photographers that’s like winning an Oscar so I’m still over the moon! This award is hard to win and is very valued so it really means a lot. When my name was announced on the night I was gobsmacked, it was totally unbelievable.”

This was the second time for Paul to enter the competition which was an even bigger credit to his talents. “Some photographers enter year after year without winning so for me this was a big achievement. I’ve had fantastic feedback and comments about the photograph and so I’m looking forward to entering again, hopefully it works out.”

While winning the award is a fantastic achievement it’s not an easy ride to make it that far explains Paul. “Winning such an award really makes you appreciate all the hard work down the years and makes you thankful for even all the bad jobs you had to endure. This makes it all worthwhile and I am absolutely delighted at being chosen.”