Call for entries: The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2014 – Headline sponsor Nikon

‘LIGHTS, CAMERA, AWARDS – Launch of the 2014 Picture Editor’s Guild Awards’

The search to find Britain’s most talented photographers has launched, with the return of the annual Picture Editor’s Guild Awards, which will take place in London on 5th February 2015, at the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters London.
Professional and amateur photographers can now submit entries to compete for the most coveted awards in the industry (Eligible photographs taken between: 17th July 2013 and 16th July 2014 – Closing date for entries: 1st November 2014) It also includes the Citizen Photographer category, open to the public and for professionals the chance to become the Nikon Press Photographer of the Year

‘Arts and Crafts for the Guilds awards’
The craft of the photographer has long been a concern for Nikon and we are delighted to announce that they have agreed to become headline sponsors for the The 2014 UK Picture Editor Guild Awards.
The awards now in their fourth year are a showcase for the work produced by the finest press professionals in the land will be rewarded by thousands of pounds in prize money. Chairman of the awards Alan Sparrow said ‘the money is great but we all know its not the money, but the boasting rights for the year ahead that makes winning worthwhile”

Hundreds will compete for the top award which will be the ‘Nikon Press Photographer of the year’ who will be chosen from the entries in the eight categories for press photographers.

The Guild is also delighted to welcome world famous auction house Christies as sponsor of the Christies Art and Entertainment photographer of the year category of the awards. The relationship between Christies and the young masters of photography who regularly attend their world record breaking prices of the old masters for auction has been a bond developed over many years. Cat Manson of Christie said that she has enjoyed working with press photographers over the years and is now delighted that Christies can put something back into the world of press photography

The awards are:

• Nikon Press Photographer of the year
• Nikon Videographer of the year
• BA Photo Essay of the year
• Getty Royal Photographer of the year
• Bloomberg Business photographer of the year
• BT Sport Photographer of the Year
• Genesis regional photographer of the year award
• Fixation young photographer of the year
• Citizen photograph of the year
• News Photographer of the year

Photo archive is proud to be Media Partner for the 2014 Awards
View the our coverage of the 2013 Awards winners

click it ↓ Picture Editor’s Guild Awards 2014 sponsors

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CEPIC announces Warsaw location and dates for Congress 2015

The CEPIC Congress 2015 will be held at the Sofitel Victoria hotel, Warsaw – 3rd to 6th June.
Alfonso Gutierrez, CEPIC President, says:
“Welcome to Warsaw, historically positioned at the crossroads between the Western and Eastern Europe, this city grew to inspire changes and promote better understanding between different cultures. The CEPIC Committee worked really hard to prepare the next Congress in a city and place that will fulfill the most demanding expectations of all Delegates.”

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PAN Featured: Photographer Hannah Houston – Ex photo agency picture editor

Portraits of Sylvia Rimat Ivan Hansen
John Hinton with costar Jo from the production of Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking HannahHoustonOnPAN
all photos @Hannah Houston

Photographer Hannah Houston followed PAN on Twitter, I spotted her great portrait work so followed her back and got in touch. Turns out she worked as a photo editor for ten years returning to her first passion of photography in 2008.
She sent me this update:
‘Hi Will, Thanks to you for the twitter follow! I’ve come from a photo archive background so love to keep up to date with all the news you supply. ‘

Hannah at the agencies:
• Photographic Archivist for Mirrorpix 2005-2007
• Picture Editor AOL UK – 2007-2008
Freelance Picture Editor/Picture Researcher/Photo Librarian from 2008 onwards for:
• Scotland on Sunday
• Edinburgh International Film Festival
• PacificCoastNews
• Historic Scotland
‘Now I focus primarily on portraiture both social and commercial. I love the process of talking to my clients, building rapport and sussing out their individual requirements before even lifting the camera. The enjoyment for me is in the process and I hope the end photographs reflect this. I’m based in Edinburgh but work throughout Scotland and willing to travel for the right commission. I have studio set-up and use this on location regularly, doing a lot of work with small-medium sized companies creating online content for the websites.’
Hannah is available for commission – explore her photography here

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Job: Digital Art Director / Creative – Ad Agency, Soho London – up to £40k

Digital Art Director / Creative | Full Time | Salary: Up to £40K pa, depending on experience

‘This is a very exciting and rare opportunity for a Digital Art Director / Creative to join this well-known and incredibly sort after advertising agency, based in Soho.
My client is one of the top agency’s in the world and wins many award. They work across a very broad spectrum of mediums, including TV, press, outdoor, DM, digital and social media. You name it they do it! They are now looking for an energetic and equally passionate conceptual Digital Art Director / Creative to join their team, pairing with an existing Copywriter.
To be the right candidate you’ll live and breathe digital and have a portfolio demonstrating your creative conceptual capabilities. You’ll also have worked in leading digital agencies and have a strong understanding of emerging technologies.
In terms of personality fit, you’ll be enthusiastic, ambitious and want to work at one of the world’s most prestigious agencies.’
Apply at createselect here

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Go See: Exhibition – Press Photographer Mike Maloney (OBE)

‘An exhibition by one of Britain’s most decorated press photographers, Mike Maloney (OBE) runs from 27th September until 10th October 2014 at Guildhall Studio, 5 Guildhall Street, Lincoln LN1 1TT.
View the images Frank Sinatra never wanted you to see! Limited edition prints will be available to purchase from the studio.’

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Job: Photographer – Associated Press – Washington, D.C. bureau

Spotted this via a tweet from Charles Dharapak, it’s his old job: ‘…@AP is looking for a staff photographer in Washington DC. I will miss working with this great team!’ @Dharapak
The Associated Press seeks a photojournalist for its Washington, D.C. bureau.
Photographer • Location: District of Columbia-Washington • Full-time • Job Category: News/Editorial

The Washington bureau is a 24-hour seven-day a week operation. This photographer will provide coverage in the areas of politics and the federal government including the White House, Capitol Hill, State Department and Department of Defense. Coverage of local professional sports and local breaking news is also required.

The photographer covers national and international assignments. Extensive travel is required; usually on a moments notice. The Photographer must be willing and able to work all shifts as needed. All candidates must have superior news judgment and the photographic skills to cover a wide variety of events competitively, as well as demonstrated ability to generate strong photos beyond scheduled assignments. Skills should include a sharp sense of photocomposition, the ability to compose as events unfold and tell a story photographically. The successful candidate should have a strong interest in politics.

Creativity is critical, as well as the ability to meet deadlines. The Photographer must be able to edit digital images and transmit using appropriate technology from the field in a deadline driven environment. Proficiency in writing captions that are accurate and informative is essential. Multimedia and video skills are a plus. This person must be self-motivated, organized, as well as flexible enough to juggle multiple priorities; good planning skills are essential. ….

Full details and to apply via AP here

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Latest photo industry jobs on PAN

• Photo Editor
• Celebrity fashion Keyworder

Details on the Jobs page

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Shirley Baker 1932 – 2014 ‘A wonderful lady and a great photographer’

Skipping in the street - Manchester 1968
↑ Two smiling girls (aided by an old man) play skipping on a deserted Manchester street, strewn with toys and little children. An evocative view of 60s England with terraced housing, close-knit communities, the local cornershop and not a car in sight! Photograph by Shirley Baker 1968 – click it for more images

Photographer Shirley Baker
↑ Photographer Shirley Baker taking a picture with her Rolliflex camera. 1962 click it for more images

This in from Paul Brown, MD at Mary Evans picture library who represent Shirley’s images for license.
Dear Will,

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our contributor Shirley Baker. A wonderful lady and a great photographer.

Shirley Baker (1932-2014)

Shirley first contacted Mary Evans Picture Library in early 2008. From looking through the first few printed pages she sent to me, featuring a mass of small contact photographs, I was immediately struck by a body of work of terrific quality and amazing potential. Shirley’s work in Salford and Manchester (shot mainly between 1960 and 1973) capture a time of rapid social and economic change in the lives of working class people in Manchester and Salford. Slum clearances, started in the 1930s, resumed in earnest in the 1950s and in the twenty years between 1955 and 1975, some 1.3 million homes were demolished nationwide. When Shirley Baker began photographing the streets of her native Salford, it seemed that no-one was interested in recording the human story of these soon-to-be demolished
communities: old ladies sitting on doorsteps in a row of condemned houses, men with handcarts searching for refuse to be recycled, children playing inventively amongst rubble and abandoned cars. That she chose to preserve these moments on film seems now like the only perceptive response to a fast vanishing environment. Shirley had an eye beyond that of the pure recorder of fact; she had an uncanny ability to spot incidental humour in the scenes of everyday life which surrounded her. The majority of her work needs no caption, the emotions, period, energy and sense of place leap put from the scene. Later work through the 1970s and 80s moved geographically further afield but retained the same innate eye for quality of composition. Her wider work as a writer and lecturer has allowed many others a clear insight into her approach and technique.

From the moment we started to make Shirley’s work available to our clients, it has proven perfect for both editorial and creative purposes, offering humour, social history and the innocence and joy of youth set against a backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Her work has appeared on book covers, music albums and in TV documentaries around the world and even inspired a singer songwriter (who went on to use her work as a backdrop to his live performance).
“Speaking personally, It was wonderful to finally meet Shirley face-to-face at her exhibition at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in January 2011. She took great delight in my interest in the process behind the creation of the photographs, but was at the same time very humble and modest, preferring to hear my reactions to her work. She was always delightful to contact if a query regarding her work arose and the excitement which always greeted an email popping into my inbox with a new scan of a recently-discovered image will be greatly missed” says Tom Gillmor, Head of Content at Mary Evans.

View Shirley’s images at Mary Evans

Read Guardian interview with Shirley in 2008

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People: Alfred James Robinson – 56 years at London News Agency Photos Ltd 1908 – 1964

This has just gone live on our Press Photo History site:
I recently met with Sue Bonnington the granddaughter of a chap who worked in the photo department of London News Agency in Fleet Street for most of his working life…even returning in retirement. In fact he joined LNA when it started 1908. The LNA is an agency we are regularly asked to trace photo licensing enquires for. Thousand of their prints survive in newspaper archives around the world but the negative archive has disappeared. LNA was one of the leading agencies in the golden days of UK press photography so to have this detail from Sue is great.

Full report here: Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency 1908 – 1964
↑ Sue with her Grandfathers cigarette case celebrating 40 years with LNA – and close up of the engraving ↓


Full report here: Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency 1908 – 1964

↑ Alfred preparing a shoot in the LNA studio Fleet Street

All photos and a timeline here: Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency 1908 – 1964

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Press Photo History Project – mapping press photography

The Pan team are over here Press Photo History Project for a few days …

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