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#SJA2021: Racing certainty: Photographer Davies brings up a winning double

If you want a guaranteed winner at next week’s Cheltenham Festival – just look out for David Davies.

PA Media’s Davies had never won a British Sports Journalism Award – but he walked off with two in 2022, including the prestigious sports photographer of the year.

Davies won the specialist portfolio prize, with submissions that were praised as ‘stand out’ by all judges.

They said: “In a year of major restrictions due to the pandemic this category excelled and produced a brilliant selection of portfolios none more so than our winner, ‘Wavey’ Davey as he is known to most of us.

“His racing photos showed immense range, and his love of the sport.”

One of the stunning images that saw Davies named sports photographer of the year

Sportsfile’s Ramsey Cardy was hailed for a ‘remarkable set of images showing joy, daring, technical skill’ as he won the Canon Sports Portfolio prize, while he also scooped sports picture of the year.

Reuters/Action Images photographer Carl Recine now has a third SJA award, his ‘eclectic eye for the game’ highlighted as he won the football portfolio prize.

Covering Tokyo 2020 presented major logistical challenges for media but Recine’s Reuters/Action Images colleague Molly Darlington – the winner of the young sports photographer of the year prize – was also recognised for her Olympic and Paralympic portfolio.

And freelance Jeff Gilbert’s photo of Scottish football fans enjoying celebrating in Leicester Square was recognised as sports news picture.


CANON SPORTS PORTFOLIO
Alex Davidson – Getty Images, Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images, Dave Shopland – Shutterstock, Justin Setterfield – Getty Images, Lee Smith – Reuters / Action Images, Ramsey Cardy – Sportsfile
Bronze: Justin Setterfield – Getty Images; Silver: Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images; Winner:

FOOTBALL PORTFOLIO
Alex Livesey – Getty Images, Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images, Chloe Knott – Danehouse Photography, Eddie Keogh – Getty Images, Laurence Griffiths – Getty Images, Marc Aspland – The Times & Sunday Times
Bronze: Laurence Griffiths – Getty Images; Silver: Eddie Keogh – Getty Images; Winner: Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images

OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC PORTFOLIO
Alex Pantling – Getty Images, Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images, Molly Darlington – Reuters / Action Images, Oli Scarff – Freelance, Ramsey Cardy – Sportsfile, Richard Heathcote – Getty Images
Bronze: Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images; Silver: Richard Heathcote – Getty Images; Winner: Molly Darlington – Reuters / Action Images

SPECIALIST SPORTS PORTFOLIO
Cameron Smith – Freelance, Clive Mason – Getty Images, David Davies – PA Media, Julian Finney – Getty Images, Mark Robinson – Freelance, Morgan Harlow – Freelance
Bronze: Clive Mason – Getty Images & Morgan Harlow – Freelance; Silver: Mark Robinson – Freelance; Winner: David Davies – PA Media

SPORTS NEWS PICTURE
Ella Ling – Shutterstock, Jeff Gilbert – Freelance, Kevin Quigley – Daily Mail, Lee Smith – Reuters / Action Images, Mike Egerton – PA Media, Oli Scarff – Freelance
Bronze: Kevin Quigley – Daily Mail & Carl Recine – Reuters / Action Images; Silver: Ella Ling – Shutterstock; Winner: Jeff Gilbert – Freelance

SPORTS PICTURE
Andrew Boyers – Reuters / Action Images, Andrew Couldridge – Reuters / Action Images, Clive Brunskill – Getty Images, Daniel Mullan – Getty Images, Julian Finney – Getty Images, Ramsey Cardy – Sportsfile
Bronze: Andrew Couldridge – Reuters / Action Images; Silver: Daniel Mullan – Getty Images; Winner: Ramsey Cardy – Sportsfile

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (Ed Lacey Trophy)
Winner: David Davies – PA Media