2012 GAA Mc Namee Awards Nomination

Just over a month ago I was delighted to be informed that I had been nominated for the GAA ‘Mc Namee Award’ in the category of ‘Best GAA themed photograph’ taken during the 2011 season.

This is the first award that I have been nominated for and I was very chuffed to be considered for it. The competition however is very tough… I am up against all the photographers across Ireland such as those who shoot for the daily papers like the Irish Independent, Irish News etc as well as snappers from the major photography agencies such as Sportsfile and Inpho. But as the saying goes, if you’re not in you can’t win so I’m very grateful for the nomination.

Each photographer was allowed to enter 3 photos for the award so after careful consideration and deliberation, I entered these 3 photos below, each very different but special to me in their own right.

1) I took this photo at the Ulster Under 21 Championship Final in Brewster Park, Enniskillen in April 2011. Tyrone were playing Cavan and despite a valiant effort, they were defeated by one goal. Peter Harte is the dejected player under the jersey just after the final whistle was blown….. and as the game ended a heavy shower of rain descended down which you can probably see in the photo too. Not a happy photo by any means but I think it summarises the feelings of all the Tyrone players and supporters that night.

 

2) My second award entry is of Mickey Harte and Joe Mc Mahon shaking hands after Tyrone defeated Armagh in the All-Ireland Qualifier in Healy Park, Omagh in July 2011. Joe Mc Mahon was one of the star players that evening (scoring a goal against Hearty too) and I think the smile on Mickey’s face after the game says how much he appreciated his performance and the genuine respect that Mickey and Joe have for each other.

 

3) My last entry was taken at the 2011 Tyrone Senior Club Championship final in Healy Park between Dromore and Clonoe. It was a dull, damp day but this didn’t take away from the intensity of the game. I got this photo during the second half when Clonoe No.6 Shane Coney had just taken the ball around the Dromore goalkeeper and despite the best efforts of Dromore’s Ryan Mc Menamin and Fabian O’Neill, Coney managed to fumble the ball into the back of the net. This action sequence all happened in the space of 2-3 seconds and I nearly missed getting the camera focused on it properly as it was all happening so fast but thankfully it came out. I love the way the muck around the goalmouth skit absolutely everywhere giving a 3D feel to the photo as well as the desperate faces of Ricey and Fabian who tried to stop the goal too! Dromore however held on to win the O’Neill Cup.

 

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