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Photographer pips daily colleagues to award

A photographer from a regional daily beat off competition from his colleagues to win a prize at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards.

Anthony Chappel-Ross from The Press in York was up against fellow snappers from the title, Frank Dwyer and Mike Tipping, along with Stephen Garnett from fellow Newsquest title the Craven Herald.

He was announced as the winner of the Genesis Regional Photographer of the Year title at a ceremony in London on Monday evening, where the awards were presented by UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

At the event, legendary former photography tutor Paul Delmar, who led a photojournalism course in Sheffield for more than 30 years, was given the Guild Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contribution to press photography.

One of Anthony Chappel-Ross' winning entries for the regional photographer category.

Paul led the press photography and photojournalism course at Sheffield’s Norton College and its predecessor college for three decades until leaving in 2010.

Judges said many of the top names in news photography today were his former students.

Following Anthony’s win, he told HTFP: “I was completely shocked. I felt my colleagues had a really strong set of pictures so I thought one of them would have won.

“I won it in previously in 2011 and came second last year so I was just happy to go to the event. It was a nice surprise to win.

“I think I really only had one decent picture but it was a very powerful picture of a lad giving his dad a hug when he returned from war. It is a favourite picture of mine.

“It was a long way for my colleagues to go to not win but they were really pleased for me.”

Fellow photographer at The Press, Frank Dwyer, was also highly commended by the judges for the award.

South West News Service photographer David Hedges won two awards, the Young Photographer Bursary and the Videographer of the Year.

The awards were hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Kate Silverton and the overall winner was Stefan Wermuth of Reuters, who was named the SABMiller Photographer of the Year.

The list of winners is:

•SABMiller Photographer of the Year – Stefan Wermuth, Reuters
•Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year – Jason Alden, Bloomberg/The Independent
•British Airways Fashion and Entertainment Photographer of the Year – Dave Benett, The London Evening Standard
•BT Citizen Photographer of the Year – Björn Olsson
•Fixation Young Photographer Bursary – David Hedges, South West News Service
•Getty Royal Photographer of the Year – Mark Stewart, Freelance
•Genesis Regional Photographer of the Year – Anthony Chappel-Ross, The Press, York
•Nikon Sports Photographer of the Year – Adrian Dennis, Agence France-Presse
•Nikon Videographer of the Year – David Hedges, South West News Service
•OpenText News Photographer of the Year – Stefan Wermuth, Reuters
•UK Picture Editors’ Guild Photo Essay of the Year – Jack Hill, The Times


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  • November 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Well done Paul, since we first worked together in the early 60’s you’ve never taken your eye off the ball (or the glass). well deserved award. Graham.

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  • November 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations, Paul – yet another richly deserved award. I’m not sure about the pic above though – it’s cropped a little too tightly for my tastes as it doesn’t give a lot of context, though the kid’s expression is good.

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  • November 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Why not have a gallery of the winning images?

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  • November 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Have to agree with Neil Hodge. The winning picture is of a returning soldier embracing his son but it doesn’t convey that. It needed to include the soldier’s head to show his face, reaction and emotion of being re-united with his son. Surely there were a number of pictures in this sequence which would have told the story better. To me it doesn’t tell that story. The boy’s expression looks like one of fear rather than joy…

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