World recognition for Sportsfile photographer…

Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has recently been chosen as a winner in the prestigious ‘Sports, Singles’ category in the 2021 World Press Photo Contest, with his image, ‘Home Training’.

The winning image, taken in May last year, features the then 87-year-old masters athlete Pat Naughton, maintaining his daily training regime in his living room at his home in Nenagh, County Tipperary, during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This is the second time Stephen, who hails from Cahersiveen, County Kerry, has been recognised by the World Press Photo Foundation, collecting second prize in the 2018 contest for a photograph entitled ‘Steaming Scrum’, which features the British and Irish Lions and Maori All Blacks packs engaging during a match at the Rotorua International Stadium in New Zealand.

Reacting to the news, Stephen said: “It’s a privilege to be acknowledged by the World Press Photo Foundation for a second time. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to capture a unique example of how humans have adapted in these unprecedented times.

“I think the photograph has captured the determination of athletes in particular, in this case Pat, to maintain their training schedules in pursuit of normality in the most abnormal of times”.

Sportsfile founder Ray McManus said: “I am really delighted for Stephen, especially as it is his second time to be honoured in the World Press Photo Awards. He is a dedicated photographer, a great team player and puts his heart and soul into his work every day”.

The final award placings will be announced on April 15th at the online awards show.