SJA joins forces with Canon UK to promote photography awards

The Sports Journalists’ Association is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Canon UK in promoting the British Sports Photography Awards 2017, the most prestigious sports photography competition in the UK.

The competition, open to all British-based professional photographers, forms part of the British Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by The National Lottery. Started in the late 1970s and running continuously for the past 40 years, previous winners include legends of the business Chris Smith, Eamon McCabe, Patrick Eagar and Bob Martin.

Jakki Moores, Press-Segment Manager-Canon UK Ltd said: “Canon UK is delighted to sponsor the Sports Portfolio of the Year and Sports Photographer of the Year at the 2017 SJA Awards.

“Canon is an industry leader in imaging technology and is dedicated to supporting professional photographers in the field and at major sports events across the world.

“With unrivalled knowledge of the industry, Canon provides a complete solution to sports photographers’ needs to ensure they capture the stories that need to be told.

Canon is proud to support members of the SJA in their pursuit of world leading photography.”

Chairman of the judging panel, David Ofield, said: “The awards continue to go from strength to strength with help from generous sponsors.  I would like to take the opportunity to welcome and say a huge thank you to Canon, Britain’s leading provider of digital cameras to professional photographers, for sponsoring the sports portfolio category and the sports photographer of the year coveted Ed Lacey Trophy.”  

The 2016 winner was Alex Livesey of Getty Images (left) , his moving picture of the Brownlee brothers just one from an impressive portfolio.

Entry forms for the Sports Photographer of the Year Awards are available from this week and entries are welcomed in six categories, including specialist sports portfolio, football portfolio, sports picture and a new category for pictures taken “away from the action”.

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Monday 26 February 2018 and on the SJA website

For further information on how to enter the awards, contact James Green on 020 8916 2493 or email

About the British Sports Journalism Awards

David Ofield reports on the photography awards at the 2016 British Sports Journalism Awards

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