Paul Daly was Picture Editor at the St. John’s-based Independent. Daly was one of the founders of the paper in 2003, and was part of the Independent news team nominated for the 2004 Michener Award. The Independent was in operation for only five years during which time the paper became known for strong journalism and even stronger photojournalism. A book of Paul's photography Straight Shooter was published in 2006. The book is a compilation of images of individuals and personalities from Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world.

Daly, a native of Dublin, Ireland who began his career there with such papers as the Sunday Tribune and as a stringer for the Sunday Times (London), won a Professional Press Photographers Association of Ireland Award in 1989 for feature news photography when he was just 22. He also worked for the news agency, Photocall Ireland. He was a finalist for the 2007 Canadian Association of Journalist; Photojournalist of the Year for his portfolio of published images for 2007.

Daly lives in St. John's, Newfoundland with his wife and two boys; who continue to be his favourite subjects. His work can be seen in national and international newspapers and magazines. Corporations have used his unique style to bring their corporate reports to life. His images have been used from websites to billboards. He is available for private and commercial work.