Brendan’s voyage to sports photography greatness

Brendan Moran’s award-winning photograph

A KERRY cameraman, acknowledged as one of the best sports photographers in the country, has been honoured with a prestigious MacNamee Award for a superbly atmospheric image he captured at the close of the 2018 All-Ireland hurling final.

Brendan Moran was presented with the coveted Best Photograph award by GAA President, John Horan, at a gala reception in Croke Park last night.

Brendan (far left) with his prizewinning image, pictured at this year’s PPAI Awards with other award-winning Kerry photographers Kerry Kennelly, Julien Behal, Valerie O’Sullivan, Stephen McCarthy and Jerry Kennelly

Tralee native Brendan, who works with specialist sports agency Sportsfile, travelling the world on major sporting assignments, won the hearts and minds of the adjudicators with his photograph of Limerick star Seán Finn celebrating just after the final whistle had sounded in the epic clash with Galway at Croke Park.

The judges’ citation read: “The image captures the sheer delight and unforgettable moment of ultimate success and proves that hard work, training in wet weather and the weekends away from family are worth it for that memorable win”.

Honoured: Brendan’s message on Twitter

Brendan said on Twitter than he was honoured to be awarded the GAA photo of the year.

The GAA MacNamee Awards are held annually to reward excellence in the area of communications, public relations and journalism, specifically related to the activities of the Association.

The awards are named after the late Pádraig MacNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RTÉ authority.

Brendan has had a keen interest in photography from a very young age and started out as a young freelance in Tralee, covering local sports and news events for local publications. He later opted to specialise in sports and, with now based in Dublin with Sportsfile, he has covered Olympic Games, World Cups, Six Nations games and all of the major sporting fixtures.

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