British Sports Photography Awards: shortlists

The SJA British Sport Photography Awards presentation dinner at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on March 12 promises to be a colourful and flash-bulb-lit occasion, thanks to another year of outstanding work – with the country’s top candidates for prizes named here today.

Master class: Patrick Eagar, right, swaps notes with 2010 Sports Photographer of the Year, Laurence Griffiths at last March's SJA British Sports Journalism Awards

Getty Images dominates the four shortlists – Specialist Porfolio, Sports Portfolio, Sports News Picture and Sports Picture – with eight entries up for SJA awards, after what Patrick Eagar, the outstanding cricket photographer of his generation and one of this year’s judges, described as a “great standard of entries”.

“The top entries were very close, and separating them was difficult,” said Eagar, himself a prize-winner last year when he won the SJA’s Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism and the Association.

As well as the four categories, the judges also had to determine who will win the title of Sports Photographer of the Year award, currently held by Laurence Griffiths. The winner of the Ed Lacey Trophy will be announced on the night, selected from the winners of the Sports Portfolio and Specialist Sports Portfolio categories.

Although Getty have the largest contigent among the shortlists, including defending champ Griffiths, who is up for two awards, they may not get things all their own way: the major news agencies, the Press Association and Reuters, between them have seven shortlisted candidates.

And there’s a welcome showing from that endangered breed, the national newspaper staff sports photographer, including the Daily Mail‘s Kevin Quigley and two snappers who between them have already won the Sports Photographer of the Year title three times – Edward Whitaker (Racing Post) and Tom Jenkins (Guardian/Observer).

“The best in the business were entered as always, so the judges had a task on their hands on Judgement Day,” said Mike King, himself a former Sports Photographer of the Year and this year’s chairman of the judges.  “The toughest part of the folio entries is to find 10 great, rounded pictures.

“All winners are the absolute winners,” he said.


Photography shortlists

Specialist Sports Portfolio

  • Philip Brown (Reuters)
  • David Davies (Press Association)
  • Laurence Griffiths (Getty Images)
  • Clive Mason (Getty Images)
  • Nigel Roddis (Reuters)
  • Edward Whitaker (Racing Post)

Sports Portfolio

  • Tom Jenkins (The Guardian/Observer)
  • Ian MacNicol (Colorsport)
  • Clive Mason (Getty Images)
  • Dean Mouhtaropoulos (Getty Images)
  • Phil Noble (Reuters)
  • Clive Rose (Getty Images)
Colorsport's Andrew Cowie's picture from the Rugby World Cup, one of the short-listed candidates in a strong Sports Picture of the Year category

Sports Picture of the Year

  • Andrew Cowie (Colorsport)
  • Andrew Boyers (Action Images)
  • Laurence Griffiths (Getty Images)
  • Richard Heathcote (Getty Images)
  • Tom Jenkins (The Guardian/Observer)
  • John Sibley (Action Images)

Sports News Picture of the Year

  • Lynne Cameron (Press Association)
  • Mike Egerton (Press Association)
  • Phil Noble (Reuters)
  • Kevin Quigley (Daily Mail)
  • Andrew Redington (Getty Images)
  • Mark Robinson (freelance)

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