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Irish News photographers scoop prestigious awards

Bill Smyth won the News Photographer of the Year section for this picture of Vanessa Burke at the funeral of her son Christopher Meli in December. Picture by Bill Smyth
John Monaghan

PHOTOGRAPHERS at The Irish News have once again been recognised for their talents by scooping a host of awards at the Northern Ireland Press Photographers Awards.

Cliff Donaldson won Provincial Photographer of the Year and also took second place in the news category, for his image of a man taking a selfie at police lines in Ardoyne last summer.

Bill Smyth won the News Photographer of the Year, for a photo taken at the funeral of murdered west Belfast man Christopher Meli, and received a National Merit Award for his shot of the Bishop of Down and Connor, Noel Treanor, leaning out of a caravan.

Mal McCann was awarded third place in the picture story section, for his photos of the Tug of War World Championships as they took place in Belfast for the first time.

Two former employees of The Irish News also won awards at the event, held in Ten Square in Belfast last week.

Niall Carson, who now works for the Press Association, was the overall winner of Photographer of the Year, while Brendan Murphy, a former photographic editor, came top in the politics section.

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