Sportsfile Photographer Stephen McCarthy wins with Nenagh picture in 2021 World Press Photo Contest – “Sports, Singles” category

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

10 March 2021; Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has today been announced as a winner in the prestigious ‘Sports, Singles’ category at the 2021 World Press Photo Contest with his image ‘Home Training’. The winning image, taken in May 2020, features the then 87-year-old master’s athlete Pat Naughton maintaining his daily training regime in his living room at his home in Nenagh, County Tipperary, during the on-going 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’. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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 on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sportsfile Photographer Stephen McCarthy wins with Nenagh picture in 2021 World Press Photo Contest - "Sports, Singles" category

10 March 2021; Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has today been announced as a winner in the prestigious ‘Sports, Singles’ category at the 2021 World Press Photo Contest with his image ‘Home Training’. The winning image, taken in May 2020, features the then 87-year-old master’s athlete Pat Naughton maintaining his daily training regime in his living room at his home in Nenagh, County Tipperary, during the on-going 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’. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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 & 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. For us at Sportsfile the news is especially satisfying as it brings our total of World Press Photo Awards to five over the past 12 years.”

 

Commenting on this year’s entries the World Press photo judge Nicole Tung noted; “What stood out most in what was an unprecedented year in our history, were the photos that really told the story of just how upended our collective lives were. It was the images that found the essence of how humanity had to adapt and evolve in a distinctly uncertain time.”

 

The final award placings will be announced on April 15 at the Awards Show (Online).

 

 

Bio – Stephen McCarthy;

Stephen McCarthy is a staff photographer at Sportsfile photography agency based in Dublin.

 

Since joining in June 2007, Stephen has travelled extensively covering some of the world’s biggest sporting events such as Olympic Games, British & Irish Lions Tours, championship boxing and hundreds of international soccer matches.

 

His list of accolades includes seven Press Photographers Association of Ireland awards across the Sports and Reportage categories as well as a prestigious World Press Photo award in 2018 for his image ‘Steaming Scrum’.

 

Stephen McCarthy on Social Media:

Instagram: @sportsfilesteve

Twitter: @sportsfilesteve

 

Technical details;

Nikon D5 camera. Shutter speed 1/500, Focal length 26mm, F-stop 4.0, ISO 1600

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