Paul McCambridge

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Paddy Conaghan is the subject of the 20-minute documentary film A Man of Arran
Wild Swimming In Ireland by Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge
Paul McCambridge photography of the Eleven Feet relay that crossed the North Channel
Molly Conroy training at the Conroy Pond for her ice mile at the 2015 Ireland Ice Swimming Championships. Photo by Paul McCambridge / MAC Visual Media

Paul McCambridge is a photographer, a filmmaker, and an open water swimmer from Ireland. He represented Ulster in his youth and participated on a successful North Channel relay in 2011 with Team Camlough, and the Copeland Island Swim in 2010.

He has been a photographer for over 20 years, winning many press and editorial awards, covering assignments for national and international newspapers and magazines. He works with television broadcasters both north and south of the Irish Border, RTE, UTV etc. Newspaper clients include The Observer, Guardian, The Sunday Times, Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Dagens Nyheter and many international publications. Magazine clients include Newsweek, Time, Spotlight, Front, Inside Edge, Ministry of Sound and DJ magazine.

The visual arts are another main focus of his work, with photographic and video projects spanning many years. Images made have been used for book publications, educational purposes and exhibitions locally and nationally. Venues include; Tate Modern, London, The Lowry Gallery, Salford, The Pump House Museum, Manchester, The Photographers Gallery, London and Downpatrick Arts Centre, N. Ireland.

McCambridge was awarded the Simon Cumbers Media Fund for his photographic feature on Human Trafficking that was published in the Irish Times in June 2013.

He served as the photographer at the Global Swim Series Eleventh Annual Awards for the 2018 Season and the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame held at Belfast Castle, Ireland on 9-10 February 2019.

A Man of Arran

He served as the director and producer of A Man of Arran, a 20-minute documentary film about Paddy Conaghan, an 82-year-old Irish open water swimmer from Arranmore Island (Árainn Mhór) who won the 2022 WOWSA Awards Man of the Year for his charity swim around Ireland between 4 December 2021 and February 2022, raising over €104,400 for Gemma's Legacy of Hope charity while swimming over 300 swims between starting and finishing on Arranmore Island. He swam at as many piers and beaches as possible as he drove around the entire Irish coast. He completed 300 swims over 10 weeks, averaging 4 swims a day. On one day, he took the plunge 12 times at different locations.

The filmmaking team of A Man of Arran included McCambridge as director and producer, Maureen McCoy as co-producer, Donal Macintyre as executive producer, Paddy O'Kane as editor, and Conleth McCambridge as assistant editor.

A Man of Arran Trailer

Wild Swimming In Ireland

Maureen McCoy and McCambridge co-authored Wild Swimming In Ireland, published by Collins Press and launched in May 2016.

Couch to 5 km Swim

Paul McCambridge co-organised the Couch to 5 km Swim with Maureen McCoy in Northern Ireland.

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