The top three regional press photographs of royalty from the past year have been chosen by the public – along with a picture of would-be MP Lord Buckethead.
The remaining trio are Joseph Raynor’s photo for the Nottingham Post of the Duchess of Cornwall visiting the headquarters of Boots, Mike Swift’s photo for the Windsor Observer of the Queen during her recreation of Queen Victoria’s first trip on a railway, and Diane Vose’s photo for the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald of Prince Charles visiting a brewery in Devizes.
One of the trio will now be crowned Regional/Local Newspaper Rota Photo of the Year by a judging panel of five.
A bonus category is being run this year for the Best Election Photo, with Ian Longthorne’s picture for the Windsor Express of Lord Buckethead, who stood against Theresa May in Maidenhead, making the shortlist.
Prizes will also be awarded for the best National Newspaper Rota Photo of the Year and National Newspaper Rota Photo of the Year.
The competition judging panel will also select and Overall Rota Photo of the Year.
The panel consists of Lynne Anderson, News Media Association deputy chief executive, Dr Michael Pritchard, Royal Photographic Society director-general, Paul Jarrett, photographer and Wire Photo Agencies secretary, Nigel Atherton, Time Inc group editor, and Chris Eades, The British Press Photographers’ Association chairman.
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.
A total of 48 entries were received for this year’s contest.