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Pictured boxer Kristina O'Hara (Liam McBurney)

Pictured boxer Kristina O'Hara (Liam McBurney)

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness  at Stormont Castle

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle

Pictured party President Gerry Adams TD gets in on the action as he takes a picture of Sinn Fein's leader in the north Michelle O'Neill standing by the mural of Bobby Sands. (Liam McBurney)

Pictured party President Gerry Adams TD gets in on the action as he takes a picture of Sinn Fein's leader in the north Michelle O'Neill standing by the mural of Bobby Sands. (Liam McBurney)

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster arrives to deliver her keynote speech to delegates at the DUP annual conference at the La Mon Hotel in Dundonald, Belfast.

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster arrives to deliver her keynote speech to delegates at the DUP annual conference at the La Mon Hotel in Dundonald, Belfast.

PA Archive/PA Images

Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Knocked Out Cold - Magomed Mustafaev is knocked out by Kevin Lee in the final of the UFC in the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Picture by Justin Kernoghan Knocked Out Cold - Magomed Mustafaev is knocked out by Kevin Lee in the final of the UFC in the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Photopress Belfast

Stunt bikes pictured at the Balmoral Show

Stunt bikes pictured at the Balmoral Show

''Taking quite a hammering''
A Ballinamallard player stands in a downpour after their defeat 7-1 to Glenavon in the Irish League.
picture by John McVitty - Impartial Reporter.

''Taking quite a hammering'' A Ballinamallard player stands in a downpour after their defeat 7-1 to Glenavon in the Irish League. picture by John McVitty - Impartial Reporter.

Euro celebrations

Spain's Laura Maria Perez(centre) celebrates after they score against France in the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Final at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.

Jonathan Porter/Press Eye

Euro celebrations Spain's Laura Maria Perez(centre) celebrates after they score against France in the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Final at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Jonathan Porter/Press Eye

An old tree on a farm looks to be reaching out for the company of a flock of Starlings as they up and leave on a cold December day. picture Mark Marlow

An old tree on a farm looks to be reaching out for the company of a flock of Starlings as they up and leave on a cold December day. picture Mark Marlow

Running out the horses at the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co Antrin

Running out the horses at the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co Antrin

Kit caretaker for Loughgiel Shamrocks GAC in Co Antrim - Annemarie Boyle prepares the teams gear ahead of semi final against Ballygalget

Kit caretaker for Loughgiel Shamrocks GAC in Co Antrim - Annemarie Boyle prepares the teams gear ahead of semi final against Ballygalget

People shelter from the rain as they wait for the start of a service at the Ulster Memorial Tower to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated.

People shelter from the rain as they wait for the start of a service at the Ulster Memorial Tower to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated.

PA Wire/PA Images

David Jeffery celebrates the league cup win with life long Ballymena fan Trevor Burns.  Trevor was terminally Ill and passed away two weeks later. picture Mark Marlow

David Jeffery celebrates the league cup win with life long Ballymena fan Trevor Burns. Trevor was terminally Ill and passed away two weeks later. picture Mark Marlow

35th Anniversary of Hunger Strike March on the Falls Road

35th Anniversary of Hunger Strike March on the Falls Road

Billy McConville (50) son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, has urged politicians to get Stormont up and running and help victims of Church and State child abuse. Picture by Hugh Russell

Billy McConville (50) son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, has urged politicians to get Stormont up and running and help victims of Church and State child abuse. Picture by Hugh Russell

Individual Study - Simon. Graham
Bug Eyed Buglar
The resident Buglar at Hillsborough Castle as a last minute laugh, seconds before Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive for an event.

Individual Study - Simon. Graham Bug Eyed Buglar The resident Buglar at Hillsborough Castle as a last minute laugh, seconds before Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive for an event.

Keeping the Faith Rwandan style

Portraits of hope from Gilgal Church, Kigali, Rwanda where communities are being reconciled twenty four years after the genocide that claimed a million lives. Picture: Michael Cooper

Keeping the Faith Rwandan style Portraits of hope from Gilgal Church, Kigali, Rwanda where communities are being reconciled twenty four years after the genocide that claimed a million lives. Picture: Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Charity behind bars

A prisoner at Maghaberry high security prison restores old wheelchairs before they are sent by charity’s and missionary groups to Africa. Michael Cooper

Charity behind bars A prisoner at Maghaberry high security prison restores old wheelchairs before they are sent by charity’s and missionary groups to Africa. Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Blacksmith's Apprentice - A young girl works the forge bellows as her father makes shoes for agricultural horses. (PR picture to promote a vintage farming day) Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Blacksmith's Apprentice - A young girl works the forge bellows as her father makes shoes for agricultural horses. (PR picture to promote a vintage farming day) Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Cliff Donaldson

New arrival at Belfast Zoo the new giraffe on show to the public. Picture by Hugh Russell

New arrival at Belfast Zoo the new giraffe on show to the public. Picture by Hugh Russell

Photo by Justin Kernoghan
A tired and extremely gaunt looking Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont after handing in his resignation as deputy First Minister of NI over Arlene Foster's refusal to stand aside during an investigation into the failed RHI scandal.

Photo by Justin Kernoghan A tired and extremely gaunt looking Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont after handing in his resignation as deputy First Minister of NI over Arlene Foster's refusal to stand aside during an investigation into the failed RHI scandal.

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Pictured boxer Kristina O'Hara (Liam McBurney)

These are the stunning images which were recognised at the Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year Awards.

The event, at the Chimney Corner Hotel, saw four photographers who work for Independent News & Media secure prizes.

Liam McBurney, who received the overall Press Photographer of the Year award, said he was deeply "humbled", adding: "It was completely unexpected, but I am very grateful."

Mark Marlow, who got first place in features, third in the people's category, and was honoured with the John Harrison Award, said it was a "brilliant" night.

Kevin Scott was awarded second place for best news picture. He said: "It was great to have your work recognised on such a big stage."

Colm O'Reilly received a merit award for his picture of Martin McGuinness's funeral. He said: "I was very pleased for the recognition of the picture."

Awards Chairman, Freddie Parkinson, said: "It was a great pleasure for me to be the Chairman and too see the outstanding quailty of work produced.

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Photo by Justin Kernoghan
A tired and extremely gaunt looking Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont after handing in his resignation as deputy First Minister of NI over Arlene Foster's refusal to stand aside during an investigation into the failed RHI scandal.

Photo by Justin Kernoghan A tired and extremely gaunt looking Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont after handing in his resignation as deputy First Minister of NI over Arlene Foster's refusal to stand aside during an investigation into the failed RHI scandal.

Photo by Justin Kernoghan A tired and extremely gaunt looking Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont after handing in his resignation as deputy First Minister of NI over Arlene Foster's refusal to stand aside during an investigation into the failed RHI scandal.

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"I know the judges Frank Miller and Thomas Kelly, had a hard task picking the winning photos."

Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year Awards - the winners

Politics Winner

  • 3rd place - Niall Carson, Press Association   
  • 2nd place - Liam McBurney   
  • 1st place - Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker Press   

Features   

  • 3rd place - Mal McCann, Irish News   
  • 2nd place - Mal McCann, Irish News   
  • 1st place - Mark Marlow   

 

People   

  • 3rd place - Mark Marlow   
  • 2nd place - Liam McBurney   
  • 1st place - Nail Carson, Press Association   

 

Individual Study   

  • 3rd place - Simon Graham   
  • 2nd place - Hugh Russell, Irish News   
  • 1st place - Marie-Therese Hurson   

 

Picture Story

  • 3rd place - Michael Cooper   
  • 2nd place - Liam McBurney   
  • 1st place - Mal McCann, Irish News   

 

Business / PR   

  • 3rd place - Hugh Russell, Irish News   
  • 2nd place - Cliff Donaldson   
  • 1st place - Michael Cooper   

 

Sports Feature   

  • 3rd place - Jonathan Porter, Press Eye   
  • 2nd place - Liam McBurney   
  • 1st place - John McVitty, Impartial Reporter   

Sports Action

  • 3rd place - Andrew Patton, Fermanagh Herald   
  • 2nd place - Justin Kernoghan, Photopress   
  • 1st place - Hugh Russell, Irish News   

 

News   

  • 3rd place - Justin Kernoghan, Photopress   
  • 2nd place - Kevin Scott, Belfast Telegraph   
  • 1st place - Justin Kernoghan, Photopress   

 

National Merit Award: Liam McBurney   

National Merit Award: Alan Lewis, Photopress   

National Merit Award: Michael Cooper   

National Merit Award: Colm O’Reilly, Sunday Life   

National Merit Award: Liam McBurney   

National Merit Award: Marie Therese Hurson   

National Merit Award: Justin Kernoghan, Fotopress   

 

Youth in Sport: Mark Marlow   

 

Runner Up Provincial Photographer of the Year: Cliff Donaldson   

Provincial Photographer of the Year: Andrew Patton   

Runner Up Photographer of the Year: Hugh Russell, Irish News   

Photographer of the Year: Liam McBurney


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