The UK Picture Editors Guild is an association for Picture Editors and was formed in 1977.
Picture Editors of the national and regional press did not have the benefit of internet or the world wide web and so 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, were among those holding annual photography competitions but now the Guild is proud to be the master of its own photography competition, The UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, held in conjunction with the premier stock image Agency Shutterstock and other sponsors for the world of Press photography.
“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 2019 Picture Editor Guild Award categories were:
- Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year
- Getty Imges Young Photographer of the Year
- UKPEG Business Photographer of the Year
- Dave Benett Photos Arts and entertainment Photographer of the Year
- Iconic Royal Photographer of the Year
- Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year
- Canon Sports Photographer of the Year
- UKPEG Videojournalist of the Year
- Fixation News Photographer of the Year
- Fleet Streets Finest Photographer Essay of the Year
- Sony National Newspaper Photographer of the Year
- Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year
And from these categories we find the Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year.
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.
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