Panel of Judges

The UK Picture Editors Guild Awards in association with Shutterstock have announced this year's panel of judges.


The Chair of the panel is Paul Jarrett, a lifelong servant of the news industry spending over forty years working for news agencies and newspapers and now the Secretary of the Wire Photo Association.


Paul said "he was honoured to have been asked to take up such a prestigious role."


After much deliberation Paul has gathered a distinguished and experienced body of judges to join him.  Among those who have agreed to participate are Matthew Butson of Getty Images and keeper of Hulton Archive. Matt Butson said "I have always been great supporter of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards and I am delighted to be part of the judging panel"

Chair of Judges

Paul Jarrett, WPA Secretary

A keen photographer I started my Fleet Street career straight from school over forty years ago as a messenger boy with Central Press Photos.

CP was a small agency which encourage the junior staff to go out with photographers and submit their material as part of their picture service output. I then moved to the Press Association as a dispatch clerk .

At PA I progressed onto the new electronic picture desk then onto the Picture Desk then finally I became weekend picture editor. While on the PA picture desk I still indulged my passion for aviation and military photograph. My career path then took a change when I gave up picture agency work to become night picture editor at the Daily Telegraph . I have now returned to the agency world with the Wire Photo Association (WPA), an umbrella organisation which looks after rota commitments for AFP, AP, Getty Images, PA and Reuters.

I work very closely with the News Media Association (NMA) and had the honour of being one of their judges for the NMA Royal Photography Competitions 2016 and 2017.

Paul Jarrett


Rob Bodman, AFP 

I started my career as a photographer, working at Newsteam and then Ross Parry, before moving down to London to freelance.

After a few years freelancing mainly for The Daily Telegraph, I moved on to picture desks, eventually becoming deputy picture editor at The Independent. In more recent years, my career has taken me to wire agencies, working on the photo desks of Reuters, Bloomberg and now AFP.

Rob Bodman

Matthew Butson, FRPS, Vice President, Hulton Archive

Matthew Butson has overseen the world-renowned photographic collections at the Getty Images Hulton Archive for the past 15 years and has been with the archive for three decades.

As Vice President, Matthew has global responsibility for direction and strategy of Getty Images' Archival offering, including sales strategy, marketing, positioning and product/content development - both on the stills and video side of the business.

He is also involved in web strategy and the development of the Getty Images Gallery in London. The archive itself is the world largest in private ownership and is based in West London, containing over 80 million images.

In 2009, Matthew was awarded the J Dudley Johnston Award by the Royal Photographic Society, for his outstanding contribution to photography and was awarded a fellowship in 2013.

Matthew Butson

Alan Hamilton, Daily Record

I started my journalistic career as messenger for a Glasgow publishing agency First Press Publishing in 1994

FPP was a small agency that published the Rangers News & Celtic View as well as the Old Firm match day programmes including Rangers first foray in the newly created Champions League.

In the days before digital pictures I would travel between the two grounds speaking to the editors picking up the pictures they wanted in their publication before heading back to the office to scan them in.

In 1996 I stayed in the office to concentrate on the magazines and other publications as FPP grew.

After 3 years I left to join the Scottish Daily Mail picture desk as assistant picture editor working under the guidance of the much missed Andy Allan


I progressed to deputy picture editor on both the Scottish Daily Mail and the Scottish Mail on Sunday.

In 2002 I received a phone call asking if I wanted to join the Daily Record picture desk - an offer I could not refuse.

So in June 2002 I joined as assistant picture editor becoming deputy picture editor in 2010 overseeing not just The Daily Record but The Sunday Mail and our regional titles around Scotland.

Alan Hamilton

Milica Lamb, PA Images

My career in pictures began when I joined the Press Association as a Picture Librarian during the last years of Fleet Street.

This has developed into a career over many years where my love for news photography in particular has grown and still remains a passion. My career has included further stints at the PA, the Hulton Picture Library and NewsTeam.

I have been fortunate to work on both sides of the picture business, both sales and editorial. More recently I worked as Commissioning Editor at EPA's London Bureau and re-joined PA in 2010. I was the PA's Picture Editor for three years from 2012 to 2015.

Since 2015 I have combined a sales and editorial role as Head of International and Entertainment at PA Images.

Milica Lamb

Dave Muir, Mirror online 

I started my career in 1996 as Bulletin Board Operator at the Press Association, I spent a further eight years with the company including roles on the picture desk, working for PicSelect, the PA's publicity distribution service and then as Celebrity Picture Editor.

After some time away from the industry I returned to work for MailOnline, becoming Online Sport Picture Editor where I stayed for almost 10 years, before leaving for my current position, as Digital Sport Picture Editor for MirrorSport & MirrorFootball.

Dave Muir

Sharon O'Neill,  picture editor, freelance

Sharon O'Neill's career as a photo editor spans over 20 years where she has been involved in all aspects of picture editing and commissioning photography from documentary and reportage on breaking news stories through to portraiture, features, photo-essays, sport, travel, fashion and beauty.

She began her career in Bristol at South West News Service before moving to London to join Reuters News Agency. From there she progressed to national newspapers establishing her career on the picture desks of The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, handling breaking national and international news stories and events.

Over the course of her career she has worked on many titles spanning the breadth of national newspapers, glossy magazines and supplements including The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Guardian, Independent, Marie Claire, Tatler, Times Magazine, ES Magazine, the launch of Grazia and most recently Sunday Times Style.

Throughout her career she has been involved in the development of photographic talent and in 2011 was part of a panel of mentors on the Young Photographers Alliance UK mentoring programme.

Recently she returned to further education and completed a Masters Degree in Photography at the University of Brighton, broadening further her knowledge of contemporary visual culture and of the new generation of emerging photographers.

Sharon O'Neill

Matt Phelvin, Shutterstock / Rex Senior Manager of Picture Editing

Matts role is to drive consistency in workflow and standards across all picture editing as Shutterstock scale global event coverage and our editorial contributor community.


Phelvin manages a team who edit and distribute hundreds of thousands of entertainment, news, sports and royal images a month from events including the BAFTA film awards, the Oscars, and Cannes Film Festival. 

He works closely with photographers, sales and assignment managers to ensure Rex/Shutterstock has the best product in the marketplace.

Matt Phelvin

Gina Turner, Bloomberg 

After leaving Brighton University with a degree in Editorial Photography, Gina worked on the picture desk at the Sunday Telegraph sourcing and commissioning photos for features, news and arts, as well as being sent out to shoot for the paper, for nine years.

She moved on to become deputy photo editor at Times Educational Supplement, and joined Bloomberg as a photo editor in 2010.

Gina Turner

Annabelle Whitestone, Sunday Times

After graduating from Oxford Annabelle started out as a journalist at The Catholic Herald, but soon switched to pictures, at The Daily Telegraph and then The Sunday Telegraph, where she became Deputy Picture Editor.

She decided to specialise in Foreign News when her first week there coincided with 9/11.

She has worked on The Sunday Times picture desk since 2009.

Annabelle Whitestone
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