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Best royal press pictures wanted for photography competition

Regional news photographers are being invited to submit their royalty-related pictures for an annual competition.

The News Media Association has launched the second Royal Rota photography competition, which aims to find the best press pictures taken at royal engagements over the past year.

The NMA manages the Royal Rota on behalf of its members, allocating passes for the hundreds of Royal engagements undertaken by members of the Royal Family each year and ensuring that the material is pooled among members.

There is a prize for Regional/Local Newspaper Rota Photo of the Year, while a bonus category of the Best Election Photo has also been announced for this year.


Last year and image of Prince Charles at a cheese factory by the Yorkshire Post’s Gary Longbottom won the regional prize.

Photographers have until 12pm on the 15 June to enter the competition, with entries being showcased on the NMA’s website.

The public will be invited to vote for their favourite images, and the top three pictures in each category will then be judged by a panel of industry experts to select the overall winners.

Only newspapers or agencies within the Royal Rota system – members of the NMA, WPA, Council of Photographic News Agencies or Independent Photographers Association are eligible to enter the competition and that the photos must have been taken at official rota engagements between April 2016 and May 2017.

For more information please contact Jeff Almond at the NMA on