CAMERA, LIGHTS, AWARDS - 2018 UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards

2018 Shortlist announced.

Read or download our 2018 Finalists page.

The 2018 search to find Britain's most talented photographers and videojournalists has begun with the return of the annual UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards.

The UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards recognise outstanding photography from the world of news, royalty, sport, business, fashion and entertainment. Winners receive prizes from sponsors such as Bloomberg, Getty Images and Fixation at the annual Awards event, which will take place in London at the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters, March 25th 2019.

"The UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards are the only one of their kind to recognise and honour the talented professionals behind the lens, operating in the most dynamic and competitive media in the world."

The 2018 Picture Editor Guild Award categories are:

  • Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year
  • Dave Benett Photos Arts and Entertainment Photographer of the Year
  • Getty Images Young Photographer Bursary
  • Iconic Images Royal Photographer of the Year
  • Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year
  • Canon Sports Photographer of the Year
  • Videojournalist of the Year
  • Fixation News Photographer of the Year
  • Photo Essay of the Year
  • Fleet Street's Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year
  • Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year

And from these categories we find the Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year.

All entries were judged by working picture editors from national, regional and international publications, as well as photography agencies, who view tens of thousands of photos every day.

To start your entry, click here

The competition will open for entries from November 1st and close at midnight, December 2nd.

Entry to the Student and Videographer categories is Free of Charge.

Eligibility** and timeline (summary)

  • Eligible pictures for entry must be taken between November 1st 2017 - October 31st 2018
  • You must be a press photographer or photography student living in the UK

  • Awards site opens for entries November 1st
  • Awards site closes to entries December 2nd
  • December 8th : Awards entries given to judges
  • January 13th : judging ends
  • January 20th : shortlist published; work on progrogramme begins
  • Programme deadline February 11th
  • UK Picture Editors Guild Awards night March 25th 2019, to be held at the HQ for Honourable Artillery Company

** For full details of eligibility, see Terms and Conditions, and Awards Categories

Chairman's Award for lifetime achievement

The Award is given by the UK Picture Editors Guild to someone who has made a contribution to our industry that makes them stand out in a crowd of very talented people.

In the late 1970s Adrian Murrell was the first salaried photographer Allsport ever hired.

He had found a way as a freelancer to fund and endure grueling 3-month long trips to India and Pakistan covering England cricket tours. This necessitated wiring photos back to the National dailies in an era when one black & white image took 30 minutes to transmit.

His talents firstly as a photographer, and later on the editorial and management side helped ensure success for Allsport. Twenty years later it led to a take-over from Getty Images.


Once there he rose rapidly to the top of Getty's high powered management team overseeing the global editorial operations of news, sport and entertainment. Getty Images flourished and played an instrumental role in revitalizing the photojournalism movement.

In 2015 and then in his sixties Adrian left Getty In 2015 and was expected to retire; instead of which he launched a brand new business, Silverhub Media in this volatile and competitive media market.

Len changed the art of tabloid picture editing from not just covering major news stories but creating wonderful feature and news feature photographs.

He was always the photographer's champion and he used to think of headlines for picture ideas and pass the idea to the photographer to make it happen.

Len joined the Mirror Group in 1964 starting on the House magazine then moving on to The Daily Mirror picture desk working his way from assistant to deputy and in November 1974 became Picture Editor of Daily Mirror, a position he held 18 years, on the largest selling tabloid in Britain at the time.

He then moved to The Daily Express and afterwards The News of the World as Sports Picture Editor.

There are many given their start into this wonderful world of press photography and photo journalism by Len.

Bob Kirwin started life as a freelance photographer recording the London night life in the 1970s.

He moved into picture editing for the Argus South African group of newspapers then to the Associated Press where he was deputy to the legendary picture editor and photographer Horst Faas.

He moved onto the Daily Mail before moving to Frankfurt in 1985 where he setup and headed EPA, Europe's first European news photo agency.

He then joined The Times in 1989 as deputy Picture Editor and then picture editor stayed there in senior management roles until his retirement.

Dave Ofield started as a messenger for picture agency Sport and General, followed by Barratts Photo Press as a photographer and then onto became Picture Editor for Sport and General and London News service before moving to the Daily Star when the paper launched.

In 1987 he joined The Evening Standard as Picture Editor and remained in that role until 2016 serving under six Editors.

He retired last after thirty years as picture editor of the Evening Standard. An achievement I think it would be hard to imagine being repeated in today's climate and uncertainty.

He built a team of award winning photographers including Jeremy Selwyn, Cavan Pawson and Dave Benett .

Former picture editor of the News of the World and The Sun, Ken Lennox, an award winning photographer and picture editor has worked for over fifty years in the newspaper industry. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, once described him as her favourite photographer.

Time Magazine described his picture of Mrs Thatcher leaving Downing Street with a tear in her eye as one of the best pictures of the 20th century.

Richard Young is considered to be the forefather of celebrity photography. Celebrating 40 years in photography this year as both a portraitist and photojournalist, his unerring ability to capture the moment and present a candid, inside view into the world of celebrity has resulted in iconic images in publications throughout the world.

When Richard Burton celebrated his fiftieth birthday at a party organized by Elizabeth Taylor his party was gatecrashed by this man.

Richard has been the subject of documentary TV series, had a multitude of exhibitions and is the creator of two million images the latest of his four books RY40 is scheduled to be published this year.

Working for nearly twenty years as a press photographer Paul travelled the world on assignment for the Dudley Herald and the Birmingham Post and Mail until he found a greater calling in 1979 when he became a lecturer at Norton College in Sheffield.

Many of those who ply their trade today in our industry were students of this great educator and owe thanks to him.

Kent Gavin was recognized by the Guild for his lifetimes work with the Daily Mirror.

Seven times Royal Photographer of the Year and twice Royal Photographer of the Decade are amongst the awards that have been given to Kent. HIs cabinet boast an impressive 143 photography trophies.Kent has travelled the world producing exclusive images for the Daily Mirror none more spectacular than his images of the seal hunt in Canada that led to a nationwide campaign to stop the slaughter

Joan Sisley began her career at the Kentish Times and has had a pioneering career. Joan was the first woman to join the Guild. Joan working in publice relations was one of the first to appreciated and promote the visual image within public relations.

Joan led the way at the Post Office and was one of the first women executives at BT where she set up a picture department and was recognized by the Institute of Public Relations for her innovative use of photography in PR.

Legendary photographer and picture editor Horst Faas was a passionate and enthusiastic member of the UK Picture Editors Guild.

His career spread over many years and three decades were spent in war zones around the world such as Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Phil lost his legs whilst on assignment for the Sunday Mirror in Afghanistan. Phil's colleague writer Rupert Hamer sadly lost his life in the explosion.

Phils determination to overcome adversity has seen Phil return to work at the Sunday Mirror as a photographer and continue to bring his skill to a variety of assignments for the Sunday Mirror.

For more details on the past winners, please visit our Chairman's award page.

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