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The best photographic talent from the Trinity Mirror group has been recognised at a group-wide awards scheme.

Winners included photographers from the Birmingham Evening Mail, Newcastle Evening Chronicle and Western Mail, as staff from Trinity Mirror’s regional titles competed against their national newspaper colleagues.

The overall prize for Picture of the Year was awarded to Femi Omole of the Enfield Gazette, for his photograph of Prince Charles visiting a Mill Hill junior school (below).

He said: “I feel great! I never expected I’d win it and it’s a big shock considering I wasn’t intending to enter in the first place – my editor forced me!

“When I was going through all my photos, I chose that one and can’t believe it’s won.”

The Trinity Mirror Photographic Awards were open to photographers working on any of the group’s 250-plus titles, and the event attracted more than 1,300 entries.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at The Mirror’s headquaters in Canary Wharf, and prizes were presented by Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey.

The winning photographs ranged from news images such as the Queen Mother lying in state to glossy studio pictures and action-packed sports shots from the Ryder Cup and the FA Cup Final.

The was also a non-professional category, open to all Trinity Mirror employees, which was won for the second year running by Birmingham’s Jason Skarratt (picture above), who picked up a Fuji digital camera.

The winners were:

Picture of the Year
1 Femi Omole, Enfield Gazette

Best News Picture
1 Trevor Roberts, Birmingham Evening Mail
2 Sam Bagnell, Sunday Mercury
3 Mark Fraser, South Wales Echo
H/C Mike Moore, Daily Mirror

Best Features Picture
1 Nick Treharne, Western Mail
2 Alistair McLeod, Sunday Mail
3 Richard Swingler, South Wales Echo
H/C Malcolm Morgan, South Wales Echo

Best Sports Picture
1 Chris Turvey, Daily Mirror
2 Tim Easthope, Birmingham Post & Mail
3 Nick Treharne, Western Mail
H/C Dave Charnley, Middlesborough Evening Gazette

Best Regional Daily Picture
1 Tony Hall, Newcastle Evening Chronicle
2 Tony Kenwright, Liverpool Daily Post & Echo
3 Martin Birchall, Liverpool Daily Post & Echo

Best Regional Weekly Picture
1 Femi Omole, Enfield Gazette
2 Jim Tomlinson, Hinckley Times
3 David Berman, Croydon Advertiser

Best Studio/Fashion Picture
1 Alan Peebles, Sunday Mail
2 Mike Moore, Daily Mirror
3 Emma Cattell, Daily Mirror
H/C Adam Fradgley, Sunday Mercury

Best Nature Picture
1 Steve Murphy, Birmingham Evening Mail
2 Michael Peckett, Newcastle Journal
3 Andrew Parkinson, Western Mail
H/C Tim McGuinness, Newcastle Chronicle

Best Non-Professional Picture
1 Jason Skarratt, Birmingham Picture Desk
2 Ian Sturgess, Daily Mirror Editorial
3 Matt Fahy, Engineering, Oldham

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