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UK Picture Editors Guild Awards – Shortlist announced

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year finalist Tolga Akmen : City workers go out for their lunch break to enjoy hot weather near City Hall in central London on July 2, 2018.

Shortlist for the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards in association with Shutterstock

‘After weeks of deliberation we are finally able to present the shortlist of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards. Hundreds of photographers submitted thousands of pictures that were judged by ten experienced judges. The number of pictures submitted this year was in excess of four thousand images. The previous record was 2,700 this year the total number entered was 4,300.’

UKPEG Essay photographer of the Year finalist Jack Taylor : MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Bare-knuckle boxers weigh-in ahead of an Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing (UBKB) event at Bowlers Exhibition Centre on August 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. The first formal bare-knuckle boxing bout in Britain was recorded in 1681 with the sport popularised by the end of the 17th century. The introduction of gloves into boxing with the Queensberry rules in 1867 eventually pushed bare-knuckle underground. Today the sport remains legal, but with no licensing body in place bare-knuckle in the UK is unregulated. Consisting of three 2-minute rounds or five 2-minute rounds for title fights, though rarely lasting that long, a fight sees boxers punch one another until knockout or until the referee or medic is forced to end it. Bare-knuckle boxing now looks set to shed its underground image and become more mainstream as the sports moves from pubs and car parks to bigger, more established venues. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Helen Healy, Head of Pictures at the FT and chair of the judges said ‘’There was a very strong set of entries for this year’s Picture Editors Guild Awards. I was particularly impressed with the Photo Essay category. The photos covered a huge range of news stories from 2018: big events such as the migrant crisis, Brexit, climate change to essays about Irish dancing and World War II veterans. It was very difficult to narrow down my top favourites.”

She continued ‘’The Canon Sports Photographer of the year was another excellent field with difficult choices to be made as was the Fixation News Photographer of the year where many of the key moments from last year in news were captured’’

Canon sports Photographer of the Year finalist Alex Broadway 2018 Red Bull Time Laps – A competitor rides during the ‘power hour’ section of the race. Red Bull Timelaps challenges cyclists to compete in the worldís longest one-day road cycling event. Teams race through the night on the weekend the clocks go back in the UK, making it a gruelling 25-hour race against time. In a twist, at 0200 a ëPower Hour’ is activated; and riders shift to a shorter course where laps count double.

Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year finalist Colin Lane : Giant Spectacular and The Giant at New Brighton, Wirral. Photo by Colin Lane

Derek Momodu of the Daily Mirror said ‘’Throughout the judging process, I looked for aestheticism, relevance and, more importantly, originality. There has been a wealth of talent in this year’s competition Congratulations to all the winners. Every entry, professional or otherwise, is commendable.”

The awards will take place at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters in City Road, London, on Monday March 25th

The top four finalists in each of the 11 categories of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards in association with Shutterstock are listed in alphabetical order as follows:

Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year

Luke Ross Cameron

Harriet Lander 

Jordan Pettitt

Getty Images Young Photographer Bursary

Naomi Baker

Kirsty O’Connor

Kirsty O’Connor

Peter Summers

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year

Tolga Akmen

James Hardisty

Simon Hulme

Daniel Leal-Olivas

Dave Benett Photos Art and Entertainment Photographer of the Year

Gareth Cattermole

Samir Hussein

Samir Hussein

Jeff Spicer

Iconic Images Royal Photographer of the Year

Chris Jackson

Yui Mok

Steve Parsons

Richard Pohle

Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year

Jane Barlow

Anthony Devlin

Clodagh Kilcoyne 

Colin Lane

Canon sports Photographer of the Year

Alex Broadway

Mike Egerton

Ian MacNicol

Carl Recine

Fixation News Photographer of the Year

Anthony Devlin

Daniel Lawson

Peter MacDiarmid

Jack Taylor

UKPEG Essay photographer of the Year

Charlie Bibby

Hannah McKay

Charles McQuillan

Jack Taylor

Fleet Streets Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Wattie Cheung

Jack Hill

Richard Pohle

Richard Pohle

Videographer of the Year

Ian Hodgson

Bryan O’Brien

Matt Writtle

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