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Prizes for Herald and Evening Times in press photography awards

Glasgow Evening Times photographer Martin Shields has won a top award at the First ScotRail Press Photography Awards.

He was awarded News Picture of the Year for his “striking image” of Tommy and Gail Sheridan as they emerged from the Court of Session following their defamation action against the News of the World.

Judges singled him out as one of 15 category winners at a ceremony held in Glasgow last night.

The event also saw The Herald win Magazine of the Year.

The Herald Magazine was praised for “an outstanding use of images, with strong picture research and excellent page layouts”.

Meanwhile former Herald and Evening Times photographer Kieran Dodds, now freelance, won the Features Photographer of the Year category.

The Photographer of the Year crown went to David Cheskin, a Borders-based photographer with the Press Association, for the second year running.

He is only the second photographer to win the top accolade over two consecutive years in the 30-year history of the awards.

Chairman of the judges, former Fleet Street picture editor Ken Lennox said: “Yet again David has impressed us with his sheer versatility. He has a good eye for a great picture.”

Former Scotland on Sunday picture editor Stan Hunter received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his services to press photography spanning a 60 year career.