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Photographers from Eastern Counties Newspapers once again dominated the 2000 Sports Photographic Competition organised by Sport England East.

Open to professional photographers contributing to newspapers in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the competition attracted a wide response with its customary high standard of entries.

Keith Whitmore, of the Norwich-based Eastern Evening News, carried off the two major trophies, being named as the East Region Sports Photographer of the Year for an impressive folio of five prints which included the East Region Sports Photograph of the Year.

John Hocknell, who is based at the King’s Lynn office of ECN, ensured his continuing inclusion in the prize list by being judged runner-up in the Sports Photographer of the Year category. Matthew Power, of the Cambridge Evening News, was third.

The trio will be presented with their prizes by Steve Cram on the occasion of the annual regional Service to Sport award presentation ceremony at Whittlesey on April 24.

For the first time, winning photographs in this popular annual competition have been entered into the national Sports Photographer of the Year Competition promoted jointly by Sport England and the Sports Writers’ Association of Great Britain.

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