YOUNG IRISH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 1997
‘Tax Return‘ by Peter Shaughnessy. Peter was one of six winners in the Young Irish Photographer of The Year contest sponsored by O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bars.
YOUNG IRISH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 1999
‘Shaving Mad‘ by Peter Shaughnessy. Peter was one of six winners in the Young Irish Photographer of The Year contest sponsored by O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bars and the Irish Independent. Peter was the only photographer to win the award twice.
SIMON CUMBERS MEDIA AWARD 2007
In 2007 Peter received a Simon Cumbers Media Award from Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, to travel to Zambia with journalist Senan Hogan for a photojournalism project ‘The School Around The Corner’ about education and HIV.
Photostories and articles were published in national and regional press- Irish Independent, Irish News, Irish Daily Mirror, Leinster Leader, Roscommon Herald, Leitrim Observer, followed by photography exhibitions in three counties.
Background- Shooting for the newspapers in County Kildare I covered many events for locally-based charity Touch Ireland, who fundraise in Ireland to fund projects in Africa and Asia. Then I heard about the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and got the idea for a project…
Volunteers from counties Kildare, Leitrim and Roscommon were going to Zambia with Touch Ireland in spring 2008 to build houses for teachers. So I contacted the editors for the main newspaper in each county and asked if they would be interested in photostories. They were.
The editors provided confirmation emails guaranteeing publication of the photostories and that was what the project funders (Simon Cumbers Media Fund) needed in order to green light my project and fund travel and living expenses.
I also needed someone to write the stories to go with my photos, so I contacted my long-time associate, Press Association journalist Senan Hogan (we went to college together). His position at the news agency made sure our story also went to the nationals. The story made page 3 of the Irish Independent and filled a full page in the Irish Daily Mirror.