2022 British Sports Journalism Awards

The great and good of the sports media industry were out in force for the 2022 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Lottery and Canon.

The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge welcomed 650 guests and winners for the gala awards dinner, with Jim Rosenthal returning as master of ceremonies.

Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail claimed the coveted John Bromley Trophy for Sportswriter of the Year, having won the News Reporter award and taken silver medals in the Feature Writer and Specialist Correspondent categories.

The Ed Lacey Trophy for Canon SJA Photographer of the Year was lifted by Shaun Botterill of Getty Images whose pictures from Qatar 2022 – his eighth FIFA men’s World Cup – helped him to seal success.

In the Broadcast section, Presenter of the Year honours went to BBC Sport’s Mark Chapman and his BBC colleague John Murray of 5 Live Sport claimed a third career Commentator title.

The Broadcast Journalist award was won by Steve Scott (ITN / ITV News).

For the fourth year running, the Daily Telegraph was named Sports Newspaper of the Year while there was a first-time winner in the Digital Publisher category where The Athletic took the top prize.

The new Sports Content Organisation award was won by Sky Sports.

Interviews and highlights from the gala awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge


Sports Content Organisation
Sky Sports


SJA Sportswriter of the Year (John Bromley Trophy)
Riath Al-Samarrai (Daily Mail)

The Telegraph

News Reporter
Winner: Riath Al-Samarrai (D Mail)
Silver: Rob Draper (The Mail on Sunday)
Bronze: Matt Lawton (The Times)

Winner: Ronaldo Special – Piers Morgan Uncensored (TalkTV)
Silver: Klitschko: This is the biggest fight of my life – Mike Walters (Daily Mirror)
Bronze: Blackpool forward Jake Daniels becomes UK’s first active male professional footballer to come out publicly as gay (Sky Sports News)

Winner: Jonathan Liew (The Guardian)
Silver: Oliver Holt (Mail on Sun)
Bronze: Owen Slot (Times & Sunday Times)

Football Journalist
Winner: Henry Winter (Times & Sun Times)
Silver: Sam Wallace (Telegraph)
Bronze: Alyson Rudd (Times & Sun Times)

Digital Publisher
Winner: The Athletic
Silver: BBC Sport
Bronze: Sky Sports

Feature Writer
Winner: David Walsh (Times & Sun Times)
Silver: Riath Al-Samarrai (D Mail)
Bronze: Jeremy Wilson (Telegraph)

Football News Reporter
Winner: Rob Draper (Mail on Sun)
Silver: Jason Burt (Telegraph)
Bronze: David Ornstein (The Athletic)

Regional Journalist
Winner: Dafydd Pritchard (BBC Sport Wales)
Silver: Jon Colman (Newsquest Cumbria)
Bronze: Phil Smith (Sunderland Echo)

Social Media Journalism
Winner: Champions League Final Chaos – Rob Draper (Mail on Sun)
Silver: Jake Daniels exclusive (Sky Sports)
Bronze: Storytelling – Carrie Brown (beIN)

Specialist Correspondent
Winner: Mike Atherton (Times & Sun Times)
Silver: Riath Al-Samarrai (D Mail)
Bronze: James Corrigan (Telegraph), Nik Simon (Mail on Sun)

Ones to Watch – Writing (The Ian Wooldridge Award)
Winner: Isaan Khan (D Mail)
Silver: Molly McElwee (Telegraph), Ben Fisher (Guardian)
Bronze: Connor O’Halloran (ESPN)

SJA Academy Award in association with Sky Sports
Winner: Shubi Arun
Silver: Evie Ashton


Canon SJA Sports Photographer of the Year (Ed Lacey Trophy)
Shaun Botterill (Getty Images)

Canon Portfolio
Winner: Shaun Botterill (Getty Images)
Silver: Alex Pantling (Getty Images)
Bronze: Julian Finney (Getty Images)

Specialist Portfolio (Phil Sheldon Trophy)
Winner: Alex Broadway (Freelance)
Silver: Clive Mason (Getty Images)
Bronze: Mike Egerton (PA Media)

Football Portfolio
Winner: Catherine Ivill (Getty Images)
Silver: Carl Recine (Reuters)
Bronze: Julian Finney (Getty Images), Martin Rickett (PA Media)

Winner: Michael Regan (Getty Images)
Silver: Ian MacNicol (Freelance)
Bronze: John Walton (PA Media), Ben Stansall (AFP)

News Picture
Winner: Oli Scarff (AFP)
Silver: Julian Finney (Getty Images)
Bronze: Tom Jenkins (The Guardian and The Observer)

Young Photographer
Winner: Will Palmer (Freelance)
Silver: Zac Goodwin (PA Media)
Bronze: James Chance (Getty Images)


Winner: Mark Chapman (BBC Sport)
Silver: Gabby Logan (BBC Sport)
Bronze: Laura Woods (talkSPORT)

Broadcast Journalist
Winner: Steve Scott (ITN / ITV News)
Silver: Dan Roan (BBC Sports News)
Bronze: Kaveh Solhekol (Sky Sports News), Rob Harris (Sky News)

Winner: John Murray (BBC Radio 5 Live)
Silver: Mike Atherton (Sky Sports)
Bronze: Guy Mowbray (BBC Sport)

Winner: Ally McCoist (talkSPORT)
Silver: Roy Keane (ITV Sport / Sky Sports)
Bronze: Nasser Hussain (Sky Sports)

Audio Show
Winner: Saturdays on 5 Live Sport – BBC Radio 5 Live
Silver: White & Jordan – talkSPORT
Bronze: talkSPORT Breakfast – talkSPORT

Television Show
Winner: Football Focus – BBC Sport
Silver: Soccer Saturday – Sky Sports
Bronze: HD Cutz – Fever Media / Motif Pictures

Audio Documentary
Winner: The Athletic Football Podcast: The Kanjuruhan stadium disaster – The Athletic
Silver: The Year It Came Home: How The Lionesses Won The Euros – BBC Radio 5 Live
Bronze: Inside the Qatar World Cup – Football Ramble

Television Documentary
Winner: Rob Burrow: Living with MND – BBC Breakfast
Silver: Ben Stokes: Phoenix from the Ashes – Whisper
Bronze: Kyle Sinckler – Strength of Purpose – ITV Sport

Broadcast Event Coverage
Winner: Qatar World Cup 2022 – ITV Sport
Silver: Super League Rugby for Channel 4 – IMG
Bronze: 2022 Women’s EURO for BBC Sport – Whisper

Winner: Brown Gal Can’t Swim – BBC Radio Leicester
Silver: The Sports Desk – BBC Sports News
Bronze: Rugby Union Weekly – BBC Radio 5 Live

Ones to Watch – On Air
Winner: Pien Meulensteen (BBC Radio 5 Live)
Silver: Sanny Rudravajhala (Freelance)
Bronze: Betty Glover (BBC Sports News), Owynn Palmer-Atkin (BBC Radio Leicester)

Ones to Watch – Off Air
Winner: Abi Paterson (The Athletic)
Silver: Maryam Chaudhary (Sky Sports News)
Bronze: Niamh Carr (BBC Radio 5 Live), Shemi Adenekan (Sky Sports News)