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Editorial director joins NCTJ board

Alan Geere has joined the board of directors of the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Alan is regional editorial director of Northcliffe Media’s South East division with responsibility for papers across Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex.

Alan, who has worked in training and education for more than 20 years, will represent Northcliffe’s interests on the NCTJ body.

A mass gathering in defence of street photography is due to take place next month in the capital.

It is being organised by the group ‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!’ which is campaigning against the use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act to detain photographers.

It starts at midday on 23 January in Trafalgar Square – more details can be found on the campaign’s website.

An award scheme for video journalism is open for entries.

Run by Belgian firm Concentra Media, the prize was scooped by BBC journalists in both 2005 and 2006.

News items from newspaper websites, TV and other websites are eligible to enter.

A secondary category for breaking news stories is available for films which are shot, edited and broadcast in one day and last up to five minutes.

The winner will received €10,000 and a trophy while the breaking news winner will take home a trophy.

The deadline for entries is 22 January – for more details visit the awards website.

The Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 winners have been announced.

The overall top prize was taken for the first time by a photographer from Bangladesh.

A winners’ gallery featuring all the prize shots can be seen on

Thousands of images were received from over 70 countries by competition organisers.

The 30th annual Periodical Publishers Association Awards is now open for entries.

There are 22 categories available and closing date for entries is 19 February.

Winners will be revealed at Grosvenor House, in London, in June – for full details and to enter visit

The winners of the European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009 can now be seen online.

The staggering collection of images can be seen on the website of competition organisers the Federation of European Photographers.