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Winning Press Photographers – UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2019

The British and Irish press gathered last night (Monday 25thMarch) in London to salute the Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year.

Over three hundred leading members of the photo industry attended a black-tie event at the Headquarters of The Honorable Artillery Company London. Hundreds of photographers submitted over four thousand images, which were judged by a panel of ten experienced judges.

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“…and that’s how you drift the car through a corner.” James Claydon © Ben Fitzpatrick
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Donna Granato, the General Manager of Editorial and Head of Content Acquisition for Shutterstock, travelled from New York to attend. The opening speech was made by Mark Getty, Chairman of the Board of Getty Images.

Mark Getty at the Picture Editors Guild Awards © Ben Fitzpatrick

Helen Healy, Head of Pictures at the Financial Times 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, from big events such as the migrant crisis, Brexit and climate change to essays about Irish dancing and World War II veterans. It was very difficult to narrow down my top favorites.

“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.”

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.”

Alan Sparrow, Picture Editors Guild Awards © Ben Fitzpatrick

Alan Sparrow, Chair of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, commented that the striking thing about this year is that it seems to be the year of the freelance photographer.

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Tom Stoddart at the Picture Editors Guild Awards © Ben Fitzpatrick
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to photographer Tom Stoddart who tweeted this selfie with his wife Ailsa saying : ‘Thank you to ⁩Alan Sparrow and all the sponsors for a memorable evening and congratulations to all the winners.


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• The winners of each category in the Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year 2018 were:

Shutterstock Photographer of the Year winner Daniel Lawson. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle as she arrives in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.


Image above: The Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year: Daniel Lawson, Press Association.

Daniel Lawson, who is 39 years old, started his career with the Rochdale Observer twenty years ago. He then worked for Deadline Scotland, Edinburgh Evening News and joined the Press Association in 2005. He has covered a Royal Tour in the Far East, the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Invictus Games in Canada, as well as conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His winning entry included the picture of Meghan Markle walking down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last year. Commenting on that picture, Daniel said: “It was one that could have been a ‘nothing picture’ of her just walking down the aisle. But the light was just so fantastic it’s given the picture a much longer life than it would’ve had.”

Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year winner Harriet Lander. LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Ireland players celebrate following their team’s victory in the Pool B game between India and Ireland of the FIH Womens Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on July 26, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year

Winner: Harriet Lander, University of the Arts (now employed by Getty Images) Image above

Highly commended: Luke Ross Cameron, Press and Editorial Photography/Falmouth University

Commended: Jordan Pettitt, Press & Editorial Photography/Falmouth University.

The Duchess of Sussex, Merghan Markle, waves as she rides past crowds during Trooping the Colour in London, England on June 09 2018.

Getty Images Young Photographer of the Year

Winner: Peter Summers, Freelance – Image above

Highly commended: Kirsty O’Connor, Press Association

Commended: Naomi Baker, Getty Images, and Kirsty O’Connor, Press Association

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year winner Daniel Leal-Olivas. Iain Bell, a gas lamp lighter engineer from British Gas, inspects a gas lamp in Westminster, central London on April 24, 2018. – 1,500 gas lamps, some of which are 200 years old, continue to light some secret and beautiful corners of the British capital and are maintained by hand by a five-man team, supervised by engineer Iain Bell. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year

Winner: Daniel Leal-Olivas, Freelance / AFP – Image above

Highly commended: Tolga Akmen,Freelance, AFP / Financial Times

Commended: Simon Hulme, Yorkshire Post, and James Hardisty, Yorkshire Post

Dave Benett Arts & Entertainment Photographer of the Year Winner Samir Hussein. Stormzy performs at The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England.

Dave Benett Photos Art and Entertainment Photographer of the Year

Winner: Samir Hussein, Freelance Image above

Highly commended: Samir Hussein, Freelance

Commended: Jeff Spicer, Freelance, and Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images

Iconic Images Royal Photographer of the Year winner Yui Mok. The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Garden Museum to view a British Flowers Week exhibition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 21, 2018. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Iconic Images Royal Photographer of the Year

Winner: Yui Mok, Press Association – Image above

Highly commended: Chris Jackson, Getty Images

Commended: Steve Parsons, Press Association, and Richard Pohle, The Times

Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year winner Jane Barlow. A new artwork depicting Prime Minister Theresa May by street artist The Pink Bear Rebel has recently appeared in the West End of Glasgow. Picture date: Friday October 5, 2018.

Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year

Winner: Jane Barlow, Press Association – Image above

Highly commended: Clodagh Kilcoyne, Freelance / Reuters

Commended: Anthony Devlin, Freelance, and Colin Lane, Liverpool Echo

Canon sports Photographer of the Year winner Ian MacNicol EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – MARCH 01: Honey Osrin of Plymouth competes in the Women’s 50m Backstroke heats during the Edinburgh International Swim meet incorporating the British Championships at The Royal Commonwealth Pool on March 1, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Canon Sports Photographer of the Year

Winner: Ian MacNicol, Freelance – Image above

Highly commended: Alex Broadway, Freelance, SWPix / Getty Images                  

Commended: Mike Egerton, Press Association, and Carl Recine, Action Images / Reuters


Fixation News Photographer of the Year winner Daniel Lawson. Firefighters tackle a wildfire on Winter Hill near Bolton. Multiple moorland fires raged across the North West of England as the country experienced its hottest summer on record. A major incident was declared at the largest blaze on Saddleworth Moor. Two men were arrested on suspicion of arson in connection to a second large fire on Winter Hill in Bolton. The fires spread over many square miles and burnt for weeks on end. Numerous smaller moorland fires drained the fire service resources as they struggled to cope with demand.

Fixation News Photographer of the Year

Winner: Daniel Lawson, Press Association – Image above

Highly commended: Anthony Devlin, Freelance, and Jack Taylor, Freelance

Commended: Peter MacDiarmid, London News Pictures

UKPEG Photo Essay of the Year Winner Charles McQuillan ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND. Undertaker, Enniskillen Johnny McKeegan crosses the border several times a week as he attends to the recently deceased from both sides of the frontier. He says: If the politicians were children you would give them a smack and tell them to get their heads together to sort it out. There is no reason in the world that they can’t come to some common-sense agreement. In relation to my sensitive line of work, can you imagine waiting in a queue at the border with family sitting in cars behind you as you carry their loved ones home? It’s undignified. You just can’t close the border off with a brick wall and red tape.

Image above: UKPEG Essay Photographer of the Year

Winner: Charles McQuillan, Freelance – Image above.

Highly commended: Hannah McKay, Reuters

Commended: Charlie Bibby, Financial Times, and Jack Taylor, Freelance / Getty Images

Fleet Street’s Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year winner Jack Hill. Changing of the Guard, Horseguards. Snow. 28 February 2018 Jack Hill/The Times/ Fleet Street’s Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year winner Jack Hill.

Fleet Streets Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Winner: Jack Hill, The Times – Image above

Highly commended: Richard Pohle, The Times

Commended: Richard Pohle, The Times, and Wattie Cheung, Freelance / Scottish Daily Mail

UKPEG Videographer of the Year

Winner: Ian Hodgson, Freelance / Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: Matt Writtle, Freelance
 

Commended: Bryan O’Brien, Irish Times

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