Sunday 19 November 2017

Probably best day of my career, says World Press prizewinner

AN Irish photographer beat more than 5,200 photojournalists from around the globe to win a top prize in one of the world's most prestigious press photography contests, writes Allison Bray.

Dubliner Ray McManus (58), right, who founded the Sportsfile agency more than 30 years ago, came in second in the sports category at the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest.

He was among 5,247 photographers from 124 countries vying for the best photos published in the world press last year.

He was singled out for this stunning photo taken of a rugby match between Old Belvedere and Blackrock on February 5, 2011.

The photo, entitled 'Scrum half', features an action shot taken in heavy rain during a match in Dublin.

Mr McManus, of Harold's Cross, Dublin, said he was honoured.

"It's probably the best day of my career," he told the Irish Independent last night.

Irish Independent

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