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Pictures: Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year Awards 2018

By Christine Carrigan

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.

"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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