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Tributes paid to long-serving Farm Week photographer

Former Farm Week photographer Sam Rea died on Saturday

A CO Antrim photographer well known for his work capturing the agriculture industry has died.

Sam Rea, from Larne, worked as a staff photographer at Farm Week for more than 20 years.

The father-of-three (70), who died suddenly on Saturday, was last night described as a well-respected photographer and friend.

Mr Rea began his career at a local newspaper in Larne, with his interest in agriculture events coming from his upbringing on a farm.

After working with Farm Week on a freelance basis since 1980, Mr Rea became staff photographer in 1990 and remained with the publication until he retired in 2011.

Editor Robert Irwin said he was well known across agriculture circles.

"Sam was a very familiar face to everyone in the agriculture industry and he built up a lot of friendships over the years," he said.

"He was particularly well known throughout Co Antrim, but he would have travelled all over the north.

"I remember him telling me once that he had done 40,000 miles one year.

"On many occasions, people asked him to stay and join them at the dinners and events he was covering - they saw him as a friend.

"He wasn't one for entering competitions to get awards, but his work was highly thought of and he was well respected."

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