20/09/2012 McGinley Opens AIB Photojournalism Awards Exhibition
Dinny McGinley TD., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will this evening (Thursday 20th September, 2012) officially open the AIB Photojournalism Awards Exhibition in AIB Bank, Baggot Street, Dublin .
Photojournalism has earned itself an important role in the arts and is one of the strongest forms of storytelling. The 2012 competition saw a phenomenal number of entries with almost 2,000 images submitted into the competition by 120 photojournalists from right around the country, North and South.
Speaking in advance of the exhibition opening in Dublin city ceremony Minister McGinley said “This exhibition features the skill and individuality of the photographers who promote press photography in Ireland and around the world. It is an extraordinary collection of pictures covering a wide range of subjects from private and public life, from the saddest most sombre occasion to spontaneous outbursts of joy. I certainly don’t envy the judging panel who had the arduous task of selecting the winners earlier this year. Many congratulations to Julien Behal of the Press Association Ireland in being awarded the AIB Photojournalist of the Year 2012.”
The Minister also noted that the Exhibition is being brought to wider audiences throughout the country through the AIB branch network and other selected venues including outlets in some local festivals. “The exhibition I know will also be on display at various locations during “Gathering Events” next year which is very fitting as it showcases the best of our photographic talents” added Minister McGinley .
Concluding Minister McGinley said “This showcase of photographs bring us on a journey through all emotions and walks of life, they share with us history, tragedy, happiness, humour and freedom. They create a picture storybook of life during 2011. They give us an opportunity to reflect on different aspects of life and the world around us.”