Bronze 2019 / Fine Art / Portrait

One Man & His Dogs

  • Photographer
    Deirdre Brennan
  • Agency / Studio
    Redux Pictures
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Fine Art/Portrait

John Byrne begs on the streets of Dublin with his dogs Roxy, Minty and Lilly. Despite being homeless for 25 years, his dogs are always perfectly groomed and taken care of. "I've always had animals on the street with me to keep me company and to keep me happy," John says. "I treat them like they're my kids. They get everything, they're spoiled rotten like kids." This photograph is a testament to John’s resilience on the streets of Dublin and his love of animals. There are 10,000 people homeless in Ireland.

A graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Deirdre Brennan worked as a photojournalist and documentary photographer in New York for over a decade. On contract with The New York Times since 2000, her work has been published throughout the world in titles such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Portrait of Humanity, Stern, Marie Claire, Sports Illustrated, The Hollywood Reporter, Panorama, American Photography, Vice, Mother Jones, The Smithsonian and The London Sunday Times.