The 2015 search to find Britain's most talented photographers and videojournalists has started, with the return of the annual UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards.
Professional and amateur photographers can once again submit entries to compete for the most coveted awards in the industry. It includes the Citizen Photographer category (the only category open to the public) and, for professionals, the chance to become the Nikon Press Photographer of the Year.
The UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards recognise outstanding photography from the world of news, royalty, sport, business, fashion and entertainment. Winners will receive prizes from headline sponsors including Nikon, Bloomberg, BT, British Airways, Fixation and Getty Images at the annual Awards event , which will take place in London at the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters (date TBA).
"The UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards are the only 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 UK Picture Editors' Guild, Nikon UK Press Photographer of the Year was Jeff J Mitchell of Getty Images. Winner of two categories the UKPEG News photographer of the Year and the UKPEG Photo Essay photographer of the Year. His work was considered 'outstanding 'by the judges.
The Nikon Videojournalist of the Year was Julian Simmonds of the Telegraph group who entered a video of daily life in a Baghdad café.
SWNS had four finalists in the awards and for the second year in a row took the prize for the Fixation Young Photographer of the Year, always a strong category for the Bristol based agency.
The Chairman's Award went to the man considered by many to be the forefather of celebrity photography Richard Young who last year celebrated forty years in the industry.
For a complete lists of winners and finalists click here.
To download a file (ZIP) of a large image from each winner, click here.
The 2015 Picture Editor Guild Award categories are:
And from these categories we find the Nikon Photographer of the Year.
There is also the Citizen Photographer of the Year - for members of the public to be in the right place at the right time and showcase their photographic skills.
All entries are 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.
Entry to submit photos to the Picture Guild Awards has a £20 charge but is free for the BT Citizen Photographer and Nikon Videojournalist categories. Images must have been taken between July 17th, 2014 and July 16, 2015.
The UK Picture Editors' Guild were delighted to announce that British Airways sponsored the 2014 Chairman's Award.
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.
2014 - Richard Young
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.
2013 - Paul Delmar, photographer, teacher.
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.
In 2012 at our expanded awards that paid tribute to the London Olympic Games we chose to honour two people with the Chairman's award:
Joan Sisley, Picture Editor.
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.
Kent Gavin, Photographer.
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
2011 - Horst Faas (1933-2012),AP picture editor and photographer.
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.
2010 - Phil Coburn, photographer for the Sunday Mirror.
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.