Hazel Coonagh, Irish reader, and one of the Metro Photo Challenge winners from last year, chose to go to New York for her prize and raves the prize was “just amazing.”

“(Metro Photo Challenge) has definitely helped my career. It was a huge honour and surprise and helped get my name out there,” Coonagh said.

“And it gave me a big boost of confidence.”

Coonagh, who lives and works in Dublin and recently began interning for a magazine, focuses on photographing “mostly people.”

“I always have my camera with me when I ride my bike through Dublin,” she said.