The winners of The Press Photographer's Year (PPY) 2010 competition – a showcase for the best press photography taken for and used by the UK media – have been announced and an exhibition featuring over 100 of the best entries will be on show at the National Theatre, London, from 10 July until 10 September 2010.
The Photograph of the Year (shown below) was shot by David Bebber (The Times) on 1 September 2009 and shows Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi standing behind protective glass during a military parade in Green Square, Tripoli, that was held to celebrate 40 years of Gaddafi being his country's head of state.
The fifth year of the Press Photographer's Year competition, sponsored by Canon UK, was open to professional photographers working in or for the UK media during 2009 and attracted a total of 7,713 photographs entered by 317 photographers based in over 20 countries across Europe, plus entries from as far afield as Japan, South Africa, India, Australia and the USA.
First prize in the News Folio of the Year was won by Daniel Berehulak (Getty Images); the Live News category was won by David Levene; News by Kieran Doherty (Reuters); Features by Dylan Martinez (Reuters); Photo Essay by Kieran Dodds (Panos); Portraits by Cathal McNaughton; and The Arts category by Oli Scarff (Getty Images).
The Royalty and Entertainment section was won by Mark Stewart; Sports Specialist Folio of the Year by Clive Mason (Getty Images); Sports Folio of the Year by Laurence Griffiths (Getty Images), Sports Action by Gareth Copley (Press Association), Sports Features by Sean Smith (The Guardian); and first prize in Winter Olympics Singles went to Clive Rose (Getty Images)
The Multimedia category of The Press Photographers' Year competition was won by Rebecca Harley, whilst Felix Clay (The Guardian) won first prize in the Digital Film category – a category in which Heathcliff O'Malley was highly commended. The Multimedia entries were judged by a special jury headed by The Guardian's Dan Chung, and including acclaimed cinematographer Rodney Charters, ASC (best known for his work on the TV series '24').
This year's PPY jury was chaired by Fleet Street veteran Roger Allan and included Rosie Hallam (winner of the PPY Photograph of the Year in 2009), the Vice-Chairman of the British Press Photographers' Association, Neil Turner, and The Guardian's sports photographer Tom Jenkins, who won four prizes in the 2009 PPY awards.
An edit of 119 photographs from the overall entry has been made by the PPY jury and will be shown in an exhibition to be held from 10 July until 10 September in the Lyttleton foyer of the National Theatre on London's South Bank. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge and it is open from 9.30am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday every week and on selected Sundays during its duration.
The final exhibition edit, and the final edit from the 2009 PPY competition, will also feature in a softback book published by the PPY Press to coincide with the exhibition. It can be ordered online at the PPY website with a 40% discount off the book's cover price available until 18 July 2010.
Canon UK is the major sponsor of The Press Photographer's Year 2010.