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


The results of the latest UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, in association with Shutterstock, have just been announced at a black tie gala dinner in London that was attended by over 300 leading members of the industry. Created to honour the wealth of documentary photographic talent that exists in the UK and Ireland, hundreds of photographers submitted over four thousand images, which were judged by a panel of ten experienced judges.

Helen Healy, head of pictures at the Financial Times and chair of the judges, was hugely impressed by the quality of the entries: “I was particularly impressed with the Photo Essay category,” she commented. “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 favourites.”

“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.”

Another of the judges, Derek Momodu of the Daily Mirror, added: “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, chair of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, also added the interesting comment that commented that the striking thing about this year was that it appeared to be the year of the freelance photographer.

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

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. 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, University of the Arts (now employed by Getty Images). Highly commended: Luke Ross Cameron, Press and Editorial Photography/Falmouth. University Commended: Jordan Pettitt, Press & Editorial Photography/Falmouth University.
  • Getty Images Young Photographer of the Year Winner: Peter Summers. Freelance 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, Freelance / AFP Highly commended: Tolga Akmen,Freelance, AFP / Financial Times Commended: Simon Hulme, Yorkshire Post, and James Hardisty,
  • Yorkshire Post Dave Benett Photos Art and Entertainment Photographer of the Year Winner: Samir Hussein. Freelance Highly commended: Samir Hussein. Freelance Commended: Jeff Spicer, Freelance and Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images Iconic Images.
  • Royal Photographer of the Year Winner: Yui Mok, Press Association. 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, Press Association. Highly commended: Clodagh Kilcoyne, Freelance / Reuters. Commended: Anthony Devlin, Freelance and Colin Lane, Liverpool Echo.
  • Canon Sports Photographer of the Year Winner: Ian MacNicol, Freelance. 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, Press Association. Highly commended: Anthony Devlin, Freelance and Jack Taylor, Freelance. Commended: Peter MacDiarmid, London News Pictures.
  • UKPEG Essay Photographer of the Year Winner: Charles McQuillan, Freelance. 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, The Times. 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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