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

The British and Irish press gathered last night (Monday 25th March 2018) in London to salute the Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year.

Over three hundred leading members of the industry attended a black-tie event at the Headquarters of Honourable Artillery Company in City Road. Hundreds of photographers submitted over four thousand images, which were judged by a panel of ten experienced judges.

Donna Granato, the General Manager of Editorial and Head of Content Acquisition for Shutterstock, travelled from New York to attend. The opening speech was made by Mark Getty, Chairman of the Board of Getty Images.

Helen Healy, Head of Pictures at the Financial Times and chair of the judges, said: “There was a very strong set of entries for this year’s Picture Editors Guild Awards. I was particularly impressed with the Photo Essay category.

“The photos covered a huge range of news stories from 2018, from big events such as the migrant crisis, Brexit and climate change to essays about Irish dancing and World War II veterans. It was very difficult to narrow down my top favorites.

“The Canon Sports Photographer of the year was another excellent field with difficult choices to be made, as was the Fixation News Photographer of the year where many of the key moments from last year in news were captured.”

Derek Momodu of the Daily Mirror said: “Throughout the judging process, I looked for aestheticism, relevance and, more importantly, originality.

“There has been a wealth of talent in this year’s competition. Congratulations to all the winners. Every entry, professional or otherwise, is commendable.”

Alan Sparrow, Chair of the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, commented that the striking thing about this year is that it seems to be the year of the freelance photographer.

For more information, contact Alan Sparrow on 0771 503 7231 or

“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.”

Phone: +44 (0) 771 503 7231


The 2018 Picture Editor Guild Award categories were:

  • 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.

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.

Tom Stoddart


Now established as one of the world most respected Tom Stoddart began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native North East of England.


Bob Kirwin


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 ...


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 ...


Phil Young
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Joan Sisley


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 ...


Adrian Murrell


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 ...


Dave Ofield


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 ...


Paul Delmar


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 ...


Horst Faas


Legendary photographer and picture editor Horst Faas was a passionate and enthusiastic member of the UK Picture Editors Guild. His career spread over many ...


Len Greener


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


Ken Lennox


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 ...


Kent Gavin


Seven times Royal Photographer of the Year and twice Royal Photographer of the Decade are amongst the awards that have been given to Kent...


Phil Coburn


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...