Since 2012, the SJA’s British Sports Awards have been generously sponsored by The National Lottery, who through two decades and £6 billion of funding have transformed the fortunes of many of Britain’s sports.
Since National Lottery funding for elite sport began in 1997 British athletes have won 633 Olympic and Paralympic medals.
The SJA would like to place on record our gratitude to The National Lottery and hope that we can continue our successful partnership for many years to come.
Canon’s success story began in Japan in the 1930s, when a small group of enthusiastic scientists set out to establish their presence in camera technology.
The company first established a presence in the UK in 1976. At that time its activities were confined to the sale of calculators, micrographic equipment, copiers and similar products for the business market.
In 1982 a separate camera sales operation was merged to form Canon (UK) Ltd, and since then the company has grown to become a world-leading provider of market-driven digital imaging solutions for the office and home environments.
Canon UK, who currently emply around 2,000 people in the UK and Ireland, became sponsors of the Sports Portfolio of the Year and Sports Photographer of the Year at the 2017 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards and have continued that arrangement for the 2018 awards.
Getty Images provide most of the imagery on the SJA website.
The company is among the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imagery, video, music and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content.
Its best-in-class photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media.
The SJA was delighted to welcome European Professional Club Rugby on board as sponsors of the rugby union writer of the year award for 2017 – won by Owen Slot of The Times – and welcome their decision to extend the partnership by another year.
EPCR, established in 2014 with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the organiser of the Heineken Champions Cup, the Challenge Cup and the Continental Shield.
Martyn Hindley, Head of Communications and Public Relations said: “European Professional Club Rugby is delighted to sponsor the Rugby Journalist of the Year the 2017 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards.
“We are very fortunate to have a wealth of journalists covering European club rugby with quality, knowledge and passion, taking an extra level of understanding of the Champions Cup to fans across Britain and beyond. We are delighted to acknowledge their contribution through this partnership.”
Peter Jackson, chairman of writing judges, said: ‘’European Professional Club Rugby’s sponsorship will be welcomed with open arms by everyone in sports journalism. As the organiser of all three European club competitions, their support will enhance the status of the Rugby Union Writer of the Year award, a feat in itself.’’
The specialist rugby union award was introduced in 2014. Stephen Jones of The Times and Sunday Times won it in 2016 for the second time.