Record win north of the border...

Ian Rutherford of The Scotsman was named press photographer of the year for a record fourth time at the First ScotRail Press Photography Awards at Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre.

His highly praised entries included shots of soldiers returning from Iraq in the moments they greeted their families.

Rutherford said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted, and very surprised. It’s good for the paper as well, and the guys who sit on the picture desk – this also recognises their hard work.”

Rutherford received the prize on the same night as former colleague Denis Straughan was attributed a lifetime achievement award after 49 years of snapping for the The Scotsman.

Straughan said: ‘I am very, very honoured. It’s up there with getting married, and seeing my son get married, especially as it’s awarded by my peers.”

Donald MacLeod, also of The Scotsman, picked up the title of feature photographer of the year, and was praised by chairman of the judges, Ken Lennox, for having ‘fun with photography”.

Newspaper of the year went to the Sunday Herald, described as showing intelligent changes of pace and being ‘well worth the read”.

Lennox said: ‘Overall, entries were of a high standard. Scottish photographers are certainly holding their own in world photography.’

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