Live at the 2019 British Photography Awards

28 January 2019

Film has the Baftas, music has the Brits, and now photography has the British Photography Awards

At the star-studded event at London’s Savoy, iconic photographers Richard Young and Rankin have taken their places in the Lancaster Ballroom, alongside well-known faces like television presenter Anthea Turner, actor Billy Zane and actor and model Kiera Chaplin (interviewed in video).

The British Photography Awards is a not-for-profit competition that recognises Britain’s rich heritage in image-making dating back 180 years and strives to celebrate British artistic innovation on the global stage.

The competition donates money to 16 UK charities, including Shelter, Help for Heroes, The Wildlife Trusts and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Over 3,700 British photographers submitted their work to a team of expert judges. Sixteen honours will be awarded across a range of categories including: Best Portrait Photographer, Best Drone Photographer, Best Documentary Photographer and Best Selfie Photographer.

World-renowned portrait and fashion photographer Rankin will be receiving the British Photographic Fellowship award to mark his 30-year career photographing some of the world’s most famous faces, including British icons The Queen, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and model Kate Moss.

British portrait and fashion photographer, publisher and film director Rankin will be accepting the British Photographic Fellowship award

Awards director Hugo Donnithorne-Tait said: ‘This is an individual who has been on top of his game, photographically speaking, for an amazing period, straddling so many genres, without any sign of creative stagnation. Rankin’s dynamism in his image-making has informed and influenced so many people and it continues to do so. He is a true icon in the British photographic and indeed, global photographic community. It will be an absolute honour to award him his Fellowship this year.’

US-based wildlife and nature photographer Frans Lanting will win the International Photographer award, but will not be at the ceremony

Wildlife and nature photographer Frans Lanting will receive International Photographer Award. For more than two decades, Lanting has documented wildlife and our relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica for publications like National Geographic where he was photographer-in-residence.

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