The Society of Editors presented the premier awards for British journalism, The Press Awards 2012, at a glittering ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel last night.
Winners in the Photography categories are:
• Photographer of the Year: Winner Phil Noble, Reuters – Highly Commended Tom Pilston, The Times
• Sports Photographer of the Year: Winner Andy Hooper, Daily Mail – Highly Commended Mark Pain, The Mail on Sunday
The judges said that in a year of Jubilee coverage, The Times was at the top of its game with both print and online news, current affairs and features.
They added: “Offering impressive quality combined with superb scoops, columnists that are among the most well-known in the industry and increasingly innovative digital offerings, it is well on its way to silencing its pay wall critics.”
– The international reach of the Mail Online was recognised by the top prize in the Digital Award in acknowledgement of “its willingness to tear up the formula when the story demanded it, with great use of images and video.”
– The Daily Mail took home three awards including Sports Photographer of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year for popular papers and The Best of Humour Award for columnist Craig Brown. Brown also continued his reign from last year in which he became the first person in the history of the awards to collect three prizes by also winning the Critic of the Year Award for his work in the The Mail on Sunday.
– Society of Editors Executive Director Bob Satchwell took home the Journalists’ Charity Award which recognises outstanding contribution to journalism. Satchwell, who is chairman of the judges, said “The awards are a true reflection of the brilliant journalism in UK national newspapers that are admired across the globe.
“The awards, rather than the Leveson report, provide the real evidence of the culture and practice of the British Press.”
Full list of winners here
View Andy Hooper’s images here at the Daily Mail article celebrating his win