A photographer working for two sister dailies has been named the best in the regional press by the UK Picture Editors Guild.
Freelance John Giles was highly commended, while Simon’s Post and YEP colleague James Hardisty, who won the title last year, was commended along with Getty Images photographer Charles McQuillan.
Ian Day, deputy editor of the Post and YEP, was among the judges.
Addressing the winners, he added: “It’s been an absolute honour and pleasure to carry out the role and to work with a dedicated judging panel. The photography produced has been world class.
“In 20 years time, imagine being an A’level history student and coming face to face with the question – ‘Please explain 2016′.
“All they will have to do is look back at the excellent, powerful and highly emotive photographs in these awards.
“As press photographers, you have all collectively answered the question with your skill and talent – for this, you should all be rightly proud.”
After his victory, Simon tweeted: “So happy to win the Regional Photographer of the Year at the UK Picture Editors Guild. Congrats to to my colleague [James] as well.”