NCTJ photography exhibitors honoured at national awards

Two talented press photographers, whose work was on display as part of the NCTJ Photography Exhibition, have been honoured at the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards 2011.

Anthony Chappel-Ross, who works for The Press in York, was named Regional Photographer of the Year, while Dan Kitwood from Getty Images, won the Photo Essay award.

Both photographers had work included in the NCTJ’s Photography Exhibition that was displayed at The Guardian in London during the summer and then moved to the Winter Gardens in Sheffield in September.

Commenting on his win, Anthony said: "It was a total surprise that has left me almost speechless! It’s by far the most prestigious award I’ve won. Fantastic!"

The Regional Photographer of the Year award was sponsored by PhotoBox, who also sponsored the NCTJ Photography Exhibition. Lawrence Merritt, PhotoBox managing director, said: “We were honoured to sponsor the Regional Photographer of the Year category and we felt a real sense pride that Anthony had risen through the ranks starting at the NCTJ, a charity we fully support here at PhotoBox. Earlier this year we worked hand in hand with the NCTJ to bring to life their wonderful 60th anniversary commemorative gallery based at The Guardian’s offices – and also featuring one of Antony’s captivating shots. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Also celebrating was Matthew Lloyd who completed his NCTJ training in 2008 and was named Young Photographer of the Year, an award he also won in 2010. He said: “It feels great to have won, and thanks again to tutor Paul Delmar at the Sheffield College for setting off the career.”

Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross receives his award with, from left, Jemima Wade of PhotoBox, Sir Harold Evans and host Kate Silverton. Photographer, Nick Ray.