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13th Apr 2018

Stephen McCarthy scoops 2nd place in World Press Photo awards with a stunning image

Tony Cuddihy

Stephen McCarthy, we salute you.

An image taken during a Lions game last summer by Irish photographer Stephen McCarthy has taken second place in the World Press Photo awards in Amsterdam.

Stephen works for Sportsfile, Ireland’s leading sports photography agency, and was sent to cover the Lions’ clash with the Maori All Blacks on 17 June 2017 at Rotorua International Stadium.

The Kerry native produced this incredible image during a scrum.

World Press Photo Stephen McCarthy

Stephen took second place in the ‘Sports’ category, and was pictured afterwards with his award.

Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse photographer Ronaldo Schemidt won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year Award for this image taken during anti-government protests in Venezuela last year.

The image, titled ‘Venezuela Crisis’, showed a masked protester in flames during protests in Caracas.

Schemidt’s photo also won the Spot News – Singles category at the prize-giving ceremony.

He was covering the protests for AFP when Victor Salazar – the man in the image – caught fire when a gas tank exploded. Salazer survived the incident but received first and second degree burns on 3 May 2017.