“I toured New Zealand for six weeks during the summer, covering the British & Irish Lions tour for Sportsfile.
This image, which has been nominated for a World Press Award, came during the fifth game of the trip on a cold, wet winters night in Rotorua.
The floodlights on the pitch were very harsh and had an immediate fall off from the pitch to the bleachers.
This light meant that when the Maori All Blacks and British & Irish Lions packs engaged during a scrum, the steam produced was very clearly seen against the dark backdrop of the spectators.”
Sportsfile staff photographer Stephen McCarthy has been nominated for Sports Photo of the Year by the World Press Photo Foundation. The World Press Photo of the Year, and the category winners in the photo contest and the digital storytelling contest, will be announced in Amsterdam on April 12.