Sportsfile founder and photographer Ray McManus has added a prestigious World Press Award to his trophy cabinet. His photo ‘Scrum Half’ taken in heavy rain of muddy action between Old Belvedere and Blackrock in February 2011 won second prize in the Sports Singles’ category of the 55th World Press Photo Contest.
Ray described receiving the award as ‘probably the best day of my career’. The award sees his name added to a long list of outstanding photographers, which includes Steve McCurry, Eddie Adams and Sebastião Salgado as well as two other Sportsfile names Paul Mohan and Pat Murphy who won World Press awards in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
‘Scrum Half’ was taken on 5th February 2011 during the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Division 1A game between Old Belvedere and Blackrock College RFC. Ray’s other photos from that award winning day can be viewed here.