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UK Picture Editors Guild Awards judging panel announced

The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards in association with Shutterstock have announced this year’s panel of judges.

The Chair of the panel is Paul Jarrett, a lifelong servant of the news industry spending over forty years working for news agencies and newspapers and now the Secretary of the Wire Photo Association. Paul said ‘’he was honoured to have been asked to take up such a prestigious role’’
After much deliberation Paul has gathered a distinguished and experienced body of judges to join him.  Among those who have agreed to participate are Matthew Butson of Getty Images and keeper of Hulton Archive. Matt Butson said ‘’I have always been great supporter of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards and I am delighted to be part of the judging panel ‘’

Chair of Judges Paul Jarrett
A keen photographer I started my Fleet Street career straight from school over forty years ago. I joined Central Press Photos as a messenger in 1972. Central Press was a small agency which encouraged the junior staff to go out with photographers and submit their material as part of their picture service output. After 5 years I left CP to join the Press Association where I progressed onto the new electronic picture desk and became weekend picture editor  in 1999 While on the PA picture desk I still had the opportunity to indulge my passion for aviation and military photograph. In 2002 my career moved in a different direction when I moved from the picture agency world to a national newspaper.  I left the Press Association after 26 years to join the Daily Telegraph as night picture editor. After 6 years I was on the move again, I returned to the agency world in 2009  as Secretary of the Wire Photo Association (WPA), an umbrella organisation which looks  after rota commitments for AFP, AP, Getty Images, PA and Reuters. I work very closely  with the News Media Association (NMA) and have had the honour of being one of their judges for the NMA Royal Photography Competitions  2016 and 2017.

Judging panel member Annabelle Whitestone:
After graduating from Oxford Annabelle started out as a journalist at The Catholic Herald, but soon switched to pictures, at The Daily Telegraph and then The Sunday Telegraph, where she became Deputy Picture Editor. She decided to specialise in Foreign News when her first week there coincided with 9/11. She has worked on The Sunday Times picture desk since 2009.

Judging panel member Matt Phelvin:
My role is to drive consistency in workflow and standards across all picture editing as Shutterstock scale global event coverage and our editorial contributor community. I am responsible for a team who edit and distribute hundreds of thousands of entertainment, news, sports and royal images a month from events including the BAFTA film awards, the Oscars, and Cannes Film Festival. I work closely with photographers, sales and assignment managers to ensure Rex/Shutterstock has the best product in the marketplace.

Judging panel member
Matthew Butson, FRPS, Vice President, Hulton Archive:
I have overseen the world-renowned photographic collections at the Getty Images Hulton Archive for the past 15 years and have been with the archive for three decades.  As Vice President, I have global responsibility for direction and strategy of Getty Images’ Archival offering, including sales strategy, marketing, positioning and product/content development – both on the stills and video side of the business.  I am  also involved in web strategy and the development of the Getty Images Gallery in London. The archive itself is the world largest in private ownership and is based in West London, containing over 80 million images. In 2009, I was awarded the J Dudley Johnston Award by the Royal Photographic Society, for his outstanding contribution to photography and I was awarded a fellowship in 2013.

The panel also includes :
Milica Lamb, PA
Dave Muir, Mirror online
Rob Bodman , AFP
Alan Hamilton, Daily Record
Annabelle Whitestone, Sunday Times
Sharon O’Neill,  picture editor, freelance
Gina Turner, Bloomberg is Media Partner to the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards – View all Awards announcements

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