Awards, Achievements and References

National and International Achievements

Donal has received national and international recognition for his architectural and commercial photography.
He is a Fellow of the Irish Professional Photographers Association, the highest qualification that organisation can offer.

In 2011, Donal was awarded the prestigious Master Qualified European Photographer (MQEP) title from the Federation of European Photographers. The FEP represents 33 member associations in 29 European countries and is the leading European body for Professional Photographers. 

Donal is just one of 6 MQEP's specialising in Architectural Photography in all 33 member associations.

Donal's work features regularly in both national and international Architectural and  Design journals, both in-print and on-line. His photographs have often illustrated award winning entries in RIAI Annual Award competitions, the Fit-out Awards, and other construction industry competitions.

Donal's work has been published in 2 books, the UCD published "A day in the Life", a large format imprint on FKP's work on the UCD Student Leisure Centre, and the self published "Interior Space", a publication showcasing some of the latest design trends in commercial fit-out design in Ireland.


Donal is a pleasure to work with as he applies his extensive skillset to all our projects both large and small and he is able to capture the essence of the project in one single shot! Donal's attention to detail is microscopic and he ensures that every picture is framed perfectly and that every detail is attended to. His images are realistic and portray the project in the perfect light.
He is articulate, engaging and most importantly always on time whether it is a 5am or late at night photoshoot 
- Richard Hemming, StructureTone


  • IPPA Professional Photographer of the Year 2017
  • IPPA Best Architectural Portfolio 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017
  • IPPA Best Architectural  Image 2010, 2011, 2012 (discontinued award)
  • IPPA Best Commercial/Advertising Portfolio 2012
  • Finalist - FEP European Commercial Photographer of the Year Awards 2012 and 2017

Over the eight months I collaborated with Donal on the design of a book, he reliably delivered work which was creative, comprehensive and beautiful. His ability to quickly and conscientiously interpret our brief, fulfilling it in insightful new ways, left a lasting impression on our entire team and has formed the basis for a lasting professional relationship. 
His determination, reliability and amenability make working with Donal and his team a pleasurable, rewarding experience. I unreservedly recommend Donal Murphy Photography to anybody seeking these values in a photographer
- Graham Barry, Editor, Cukrowicz Nachbaur