Adrian Braddy, former Teesdale Mercury and Craven Herald editor, made the comments after announcing an award-winning photographer made redundant after 26 years at a weekly newspaper is to get his own monthly feature in the regional magazine he now runs.
As reported by HTFP in November, Stephen Garnett left the Herald as part of cuts by owner Newsquest.
Having now turned freelance, Stephen, pictured left, will be undertaking editorial assignments for Dalesman magazine, which carries features and news from across Yorkshire.
Stephen’s monthly feature, which will carry his picture byline, is a continuation of the ‘Garnett’s Year’ feature which was regularly carried during his time at the Herald.
Among the accolades won by Stephen during his career are Landscape Photographer of the Year (2011), Yorkshire Photographer of the Year (six times), weekly newspaper photographer of the Year (2007 and 2008), MSN world top-twenty-five environmental image (2011) and World Press Organisation Great British Winter prize (2013).
Adrian, who took up his current role at Dalesman in 2012, says at least one reader has contacted him to say they will be subscribing to the magazine as a result of Stephen’s appointment.
He said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Steve again, it’s just a shame that it had to be in these circumstances.
“He is one of the country’s most skilled photographers and the industry simply can’t afford to keep losing such creative talent.
“His pictures deserve to be seen by the widest possible audience.”
Adrian added: “If regional newspapers don’t require world-class photography any longer, regional magazines undoubtedly still do.
“There is so much user generated content out there in this digital world that the only way regional media can stand out from the crowd is by providing quality – the best writers and the best photographers.
“Readers don’t want pages filled with blurry, badly composed photographs – they get enough of that on Facebook – they want pictures that inspire them, make them smile and transport them to a better place.
“Creating these pictures is a rare skill and Steve has it in spades.
“The newspaper industry’s loss is the magazine industry’s gain.”