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UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards Announces New Chairman of Judges

Photo: David Ofield photographed by Richard Bond

David Ofield Picture Editor of the London Evening Standard is the new chairman of judges for the annual UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards.
The Awards are established as a premier event celebrating the best of British photo-journalism in association with some of the UK’s most successful business and media organisations.
Taking over the role of leading the panels of top picture editors judging each of the the competition’s eight categories, David brings a lifetime of experience as both a photographer and national newspaper executive. He succeeds Bob Kirwin formerly of The Times who now advises the Guild on web-based content.
The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the dynamic, fast-changing world of Press and web-based imagery with thousands of pounds in prize money and an overall winner gaining the accolade of SABMiller Photographer of the Year.
All UK press photographers are eligible for the Awards with the competition entered via the Guild web-site at This year’s winners will be announced during a gala evening presentation at the historic headquarters of the Royal Honorable Artillery in the City of London on November 8th.
David Ofield began his Fleet Street career as a photographer with a leading news and sports agency before being appointed picture editor and head-hunted by national titles. He has been the Evening Standard picture editor during many significant changes that have lead to the paper now being the dominant title in the capital.
Guild chairman Alan Sparrow said: “David has the respect and admiration of his peers throughout the media and is the ideal man for the job of senior judge to ensure a successful conclusion to the huge task of selecting our winning images.”
Headline sponsors enabling the Guild to provide this unique contest include SABMiller, the international brewer, British Airways, Nikon, plus the media companies Bloomberg and Newscast. is Media Partner to the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards.
View last year’s winners report here.