In 1977 when the Picture Editors Guild was formed ,Picture Editors of the national and regional press did not have the benefit of the internet and so they were very dependent on each other for news pictures.
If a story broke in the regions, the first call from the national newspapers was often to the local paper.
Major players such as the The Manchester Evening News or the Newcastle Chronicle for example, who might be prepared to provide you with a picture to go with the story.
Of course there was no internet, so the picture was placed in an envelope and a messenger would take the picture to the local station where it would travel to London in the goods carriage of the train in a ‘Red Star‘ package, the fastest way to get a picture to London and fingers crossed your messenger would collect the packet from the station and you might get it before deadline!
With such dependency Picture Editors thought it would be good if they could meet a couple of times a year to meet face to face with the person who answered the 'phone when you called.
So the Guild was formed. From the beginning the Guild was involved in judging photography competitions. Encyclopedia Britannica. The Post Office, Ilford Films, Kodak and Nikon were among those holding photography competitions but now the Guild is proud to be the master of its own photography competition, .
This year the Awards return with an event at the HAC. Date to be confirmed.
A table for ten at the UKPG Awards at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ in City Road cost 1750 pounds (plus VAT)
Individual tickets are 175 pounds each (plus vat)
members of the Guild and concessions are 85 pounds each. (incl VAT)
We are thrilled to welcome new sponsors to the Guilds awards and new categories.
We have added a category for portraiture and are delighted to welcome the Daily Mail and General Trust to the Awards. The DMGT are the first newspaper group to support the awards and we are grateful for their involvement. We have also added to the awards this year a public vote to choose the photograph that the public beleive is the best photograph of the year and this new category is sponsorsed by Imago the leading independent photo agency in Germany and the largest producer of sports content in Europe. We are also pleased to announce that we are joined by specialist stock photography suppliers Piemages. For this year only, to recognise the years that we missied due to Covid, we have the 'Missing Years' category consisting of twenty five pictures that the photographer believes best sum up the period between our awards .
We are grateful to all out sponsors because without them, these awards would not exist .
Would you like to be a member ?
Membership is open to picture editors on national and regional newspapers, on photo agencies, or working for magazines or websites.
Kent Gavin Lifetime Achievment Award recipient 2012