Award winning display from NCTJ-trained press photographers

Two NCTJ trainee journalists who passed their photography National Certificate Examination this year have had their talent recognised with prestigious annual awards.

The NCTJ photography exam board judged the entries and awarded the best NCE Advance Project and Portfolio as follows.

Best NCE Advance Project 2010 sponsored by The South Wales Argus

Winner: Amy Husband, South Wales Evening Post (press photographer)

Amy is awarded a prize of £100 plus a certificate

Best NCE Portfolio 2010 sponsored by Fuji

Winner: Georgi Mabee, Peterborough Evening Telegraph (press photographer)

Georgi wins a prize of a compact digital camera

The Advance Project requires trainees to design a picture spread on a given theme. Amy’s project was on the subject of ‘Armed Forces Britain’. Each entry is allowed to use a maximum of six images that have to be combined with a 200-word article for press photographers or 500 words for photojournalists.

The Portfolio has to comprise ten photographs from a selection of categories – news, sport, character study, award picture, exterior night shot, fashion picture, flash and weather picture. Each image must be accompanied by a short caption, a minimum of five must be in colour and at least five must come from published assignments.

After being told of her success, Portfolio winner Georgi Mabee said: “I'm really pleased to win the award and owe a lot to NCTJ tutor Paul Delmar who left the course this year. His contagious enthusiasm for photography inspired me all the way through my exams to always go the extra mile to create good strong images.”

Amy Husband’s winning Advance Project spread:




A selection of photographs from Georgi Mabee’s winning Portfolio: