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UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2018 – The Winners in Pictures

27 March 2019

Royal weddings, natural phenomena and politicians showing their softer sides were just some of the winning images at this year’s UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards.

The awards, which celebrates the best of British press photography from the previous year, named Press Association photographer Daniel Lawson as photographer of the year.

His winning entry included a picture of Meghan Markle walking down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last year.

Read on to find out more about all the winners across categories Business, Art and Entertainment and Sports…

Shutterstock Press Photographer of the Year

‘It was one that could have been a ‘nothing picture’ of her just walking down the aisle. But the light was just so fantastic it’s given the picture a much longer life than it would’ve had.’    Meghan Markle walks down the aisle as she arrives in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry, by Shutterstock Photographer of the Year winner, Daniel Lawson.

Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year

Ireland players celebrate following their team’s victory in the Pool B game between India and Ireland of the FIH Womens Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 26 July 2018 in London, England. By Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year winner Harriet Lander, University of the Arts (now employed by Getty Images)

Getty Images Young Photographer of the Year

The Duchess of Sussex, Merghan Markle, waves as she rides past crowds during Trooping the Colour in London, England on 9 June 2018. By Peter Summers (freelance), Getty Images Young Photographer of the Year

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year

Iain Bell, a gas lamp lighter engineer from British Gas, inspects a gas lamp in Westminster, central London on April 24, 2018. – 1,500 gas lamps, some of which are 200 years old, continue to light some secret and beautiful corners of the British capital and are maintained by hand by a five-man team, supervised by engineer Iain Bell. Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year winner Daniel Leal-Olivas (freelance / AFP)

Dave Benett Photos Art and Entertainment Photographer of the Year

Stormzy performs at The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England.
By Dave Benett Arts & Entertainment Photographer of the Year Winner Samir Hussein (freelance)

Iconic Images Royal Photographer of the Year

The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Garden Museum to view a British Flowers Week exhibition on 21 June 2018. By Iconic Images Royal Photographer of the Year winner Yui Mok (PA Wire)

Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year

A new artwork depicting Prime Minister Theresa May by street artist The Pink Bear Rebel has recently appeared in the West End of Glasgow, 5 October 2018. By Genesis Imaging Regional Photographer of the Year winner Jane Barlow (Press Association)

Canon Sports Photographer of the Year


Honey Osrin of Plymouth competes in the Women’s 50m Backstroke heats during the Edinburgh International Swim meet incorporating the British Championships at The Royal Commonwealth Pool on 1 March 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. By Canon sports Photographer of the Year winner, Ian MacNicol (freelance / Getty Images)

UKPEG Essay Photographer of the Year

Undertaker Johnny McKeegan crosses the border several times a week as he attends to the recently deceased from both sides of the frontier. He says: ìIf the politicians were children you would give them a smack and tell them to get their heads together to sort it out. ‘There’s no reason in the world that they can’t come to some common-sense agreement. In relation to my sensitive line of work, can you imagine waiting in a queue at the border with family sitting in cars behind you as you carry their loved ones home? It’s undignified. You just can’t close the border off with a brick wall and red tape.’
By UKPEG Essay Photographer of the Year, Charles McQuillan (freelance)

Fleet Street’s Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Changing of the Guard, Horseguards. Snow.
28 February 2018. By Fleet Street’s Finest National Newspaper Photographer of the Year winner, Jack Hill (The Times)

Featured Image by Fixation News Photographer of the Year winner Daniel Lawson (Press Association)

Firefighters tackle a wildfire on Winter Hill near Bolton. Multiple moorland fires raged across the North West of England as the country experienced its hottest summer on record. A major incident was declared at the largest blaze on Saddleworth Moor. Two men were arrested on suspicion of arson in connection to a second large fire on Winter Hill in Bolton. The fires spread over many square miles and burnt for weeks on end. Numerous smaller moorland fires drained the fire service resources as they struggled to cope with demand.

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