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News photographers scoop awards

By John Mulgrew

The best news photographers in the province have been recognised at the NI Press Photographers’ Association awards.

Around 40 photographers submitted over 400 entries competing for the 37 prizes across several different categories including, news, politics, features and sport.

Winners gathered at the Ten Square Hotel in the city centre on Thursday evening to accept their awards for some of the most moving and harrowing photographs illustrating a year in the life of Northern Ireland.

BT Photographer of the Year went to Charles McQuillan for some of the most poignant and stunning images taken in the last year with William Cherry of Press Eye named runner-up.

McQuillan picked up other awards including best picture story, photographing his own heart operation using remote and hand-held cameras.

There was a combination of beauty and tragedy across the winning shots including a moving image of the hundreds of mourners who turned out for the funeral of snooker legend Alex Higgins at St Anne’s Cathedral, and a powerful photograph of First Minister Peter Robinson after temporarily stepping down from power.

In the best news category, Paul McCambridge took the award with a graphic image of an injured man following rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.

Gerard Smyth of Bill Smyth Photography was presented with the Youth in Sport award — in memory of photographer John Harrison — by Dame Mary Peters.

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