Daily Photographer of the Year

Scroll down to meet the nominees for Daily Photographer of the Year, sponsored by PA Media.

News, sports and features pictures used in a daily newspaper are eligible. Judges will look for versatility, technical skill and the ability to capture the picture that matters. 

The Shortlist

Bruce Rollinson, The Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Supporting statement:

My entry shows some of the diversity of assignments covered for the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.

From the disappointment of Marcelo Bielsa caught in contemplation after Leeds United’s loss at Queens Park Rangers, the fantastic landscape of the Yorkshire Coastline as seen by the Tour de Yorkshire, to the continuing myth of the Cottingley Fairy’s.

Marcelo Bielsa after the game.
Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United. SkyBet Championship. Loftus Road Stadium.
26 February 2019. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Yorkshire coastline.

Head Curator , Geoff Belknap with the latest addition to the The National Science and Media Museum, the third and final camera in the Cottingley Fairies story added to its collections.
16 December 2019. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Judges’ Comments:  

Bruce Rollinson shows a great eye for the intimate news shot in his image of the defeated manager along with a strong sense of the bigger landscape in his cycle shot. His third demonstrates a willingness to create something unexpected.

Every picture beautifully composed and demanding a second look.

Three strong images. I particularly like the Tour de Yorkshire shot, well thought out, great positioning for a stunning shot.

Denise Bradley, Eastern Daily Press & Norwich Evening News

Supporting statement:

It was an honour to be covering our local Normandy veterans on their return to the same beaches where they landed 75 years ago, last June. I took what I believe to be the iconic shot of veteran David Woodrow in reflective mood as he remembered the weather, the horrors and the fear on the same beach where he had landed. I’m sure the Eastern Daily Press’ readers saw those emotions in his face in this picture.

D-Day veteran David Woodrow, proudly stands at Gold Beach 75 years after landing there. 

I have been lucky enough to follow these veterans for the last six years as they made this pilgrimage back to the place of so many bad memories, to honour their fallen comrades. I have been able to build a strong relationship with them that enabled the making of the documentary video, based on four of the veterans.

Former Strictly dancer, Brendan Cole, is pictured with Norwich’s Central School of Dance dancers after they performed in his show at the Theatre Royal ‘Show Man’. 

The picture of Brendan Cole was taken under a time pressure, with Brendan between shows, and the children needing a meal. The local dance school members were rushed on stage where I placed them on steps with the aim of getting Brendan in the centre of them. I quickly realised that the young girl to the left of Brendan was a huge fan, so placed Brendan next to her, and asked him to look her in the eyes whilst the other children look at them both. The reaction between the two absolutely made the picture.

The final picture was a ‘catch the moment’ with on duty police officers joining in the mayoral party on the dodgems at the opening the King’s Lynn Mart. One of the officers took the opportunity to pull a face, making a fun, amusing picture out of the event.

Judges’ Comments:  

Great journalism delivered the picture of the Normandy veteran, while it was fast reactions that made the delightful picture of the two police officers.

Three images full of character and style.

These pictures communicate a real sense of humour.

Ian Cooper, North Wales Daily Post

Supporting statement:

Flooded Beer Garden

A local pub had been told to standby for evacuation. A builder cycling past stopped and I jokingly mentioned to him that it would be great if someone sat in the beer garden. He nonchalantly told me to watch his bike… a couple of mins later he emerged, causally waded into the water and sat down! It made a normal picture into an interesting and humorous one straight away.


I had been planning to take a sunset picture of the Talacre Lighthouse for some time and I had waited for conditions to be perfect before setting off. As I arrived at the beach, I noticed that the sun was low enough to make a great silhouette if someone walked in front of it. I saw a couple in the distance and willed them to walk into the frame. The image was also used on social media, gathering over a thousand ‘likes’ on Facebook alone.

Rosemary Davies

Rosemary had tragically lost her two sons within 24 hours of each other in two separate incidents. ‘I can still smell them on their clothes’ she said to me, as I was photographing her. A split second before she broke down completely, I took this image. I feel I managed to capture a compelling and emotional image while maintaining the dignity of the subject. The image was syndicated across the world and used across two pages in the Daily Post.

Judges’ Comments:  

A good range here, from the intimate to the landscape. There are too many sunset pictures in the world, but this one was striking. The flood is a stunt that might not work, but does. The grieving mother is an impressive, raw image.

Solid set of well-balanced images.

James Hardisty, The Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Supporting statement:

This year’s entry demonstrates the diverse jobs covered by a regional press photographer working for The Yorkshire Post, in Yorkshire.

My first image was taken at Camden Equestrian Centre home of Camden Stud & York Harness Racing, Pool Lane, York, which was holding a special event The Daniel Welling Memorial Race Meeting in aid of the PACT House in Sheffield – Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia. Daniel Welling was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour (Glioblastoma Multiforme) as an eight-month-old baby, after undergoing surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible, then months of chemotherapy the tumour finally started to shrink and Daniel had a very short time frame in remission. Unfortunately, the tumour started to grow again, and this time the treatment was not working and was incurable. Daniel spent every weekend of the last two months of his life at the track watching the racing but sadly died just a few days before his second birthday.

The idea behind my image was to show the passion/speed and determination of the riders to win. To achieve this image, I had to positions myself in the pace vehicle only inches from the horses head travelling at full speed around a very bumpy track.

What I didn’t foresee was the dryness of the track and incredible amount of dust rushing into the vehicle, on the other hand, this added to the drama and excitement of the race. The first two races soon came to an end, now the moment of truth what was the image like, after a quick inspection on the back of the camera, the image I was trying to capture looked fantastic the dust added to the drama and the angle helps to show the high level of skill needed by the jockey to control their horse and the two-wheeled cart called a sulky, to compete at this level of racing.

My second image was taken at the wedding of singer Ellie Goulding to Caspar Jopling held at York Minster.

I was lucky enough to be offered a shift for the Press Association (PA Media) to cover one of the many entrances. My brief was to take a nice picture of the bride and groom, I positioned myself on my ladders away from the media pen as PA had two other photographers working. The happy couple left the Minster down a V-Shaped line towards their waiting car having the extra height enable me to see over the crowd, Ellie stopped and turned my way just for a minute to admire the crowd as her adoring husband looks at his beautiful bride which he has just married.

My third image was taken during the Leeds Tattoo-Expo, held at Leeds First Direct Arena, of tattoo artist Andy Wharton, tattooing the letters ‘Find The Light’ on the side of Gav Osborne, head. I wanted to find a subject with a really clean background to capture the intense skill and concentration needed for this type of work.

Judges’ Comments:  

A stunning image of the horse cart racing which makes the viewer feel a part of it. He has also captured a moment in time with the Ellie Goulding image and created a beautifully lit image of the tattooist. 

James Hardisty demonstrates an impressive range here, with a luminous portrait, a fine action shot and fine detail. Each of these images stands out.

Simon Hulme, The Yorkshire Post

Supporting statement:

I think photographers and photography are still very important in the make-up of newspapers, both print and online. I hope my images represent the quality we like to produce on The Yorkshire Post, which I believe to be a quality product, in which images are a major part of that.

Catch the Moon. Rhythmic Dancer Sarah Palfreeman is pictured silhouetted against moon sculpture by Luke Jerram, which are part of the celebrations to mark 50 years since man landed on the moon. Festival of the Moon is at Wakefield Market Hall, Wakefield. 4th September 2019.

The West Indian Carnival,Chapeltown, Leeds Carnival Queen Tahiela Odain Hamilton is reflected in the glasses of Eleanor Claxton.26th August 2019.


A handler tries to hold onto his prized bull in the Cattle Rings after it is spooked by an Umbrella at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate. 9th July 2019

Judges’ Comments:  

Dynamic images with great use of colour and a sense of the moment.

Simon has the ability to create striking images and also so capture a moment in time.

Three brilliant pictures illustrating perfect composition and timing.

Stuart Walker, News & Star

Supporting statement:

Prince Charles visited the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle. The PR didn’t want the media photographing the tyre making machines. The picture I wanted to get was the Prince looking through a tyre. One of the tyres was placed on the ground, so I waited as initially the Prince had his back to me. He could have easily walked on, thankfully he turned around and I got my picture making an ordinary Royal visit into a one where I could produce a creative, different picture.

I was woken by my phone alerting me to a major incident in Carlisle. Someone was trapped on the 270ft Dixon’s Chimney. The morning was bitter, with a thick fog shrouding the chimney. Arriving at the Police cordon I couldn’t see the top. A Police Officer confirmed that a male was stuck on top of the chimney and a rescue operation was underway. As the sun rose higher it began to burn off the fog allowing the Coastguard rescue helicopter to attempt a rescue. As the fog cleared, I was able to see the casualty who I been told was still alive. I shot some early pics of the wider scene to keep the website updated. Using a 600mm focal length lens I could see the figure of a man hanging upside down from the steeplejack’s inspection ladder held from falling only by his calf.

I’d used my local knowledge to know where the morning light would be on the chimney and the early morning sun was on the casualty and the helicopter behind. I knew this was a very strong news image and if the man was rescued alive, I would have documented an incredible incident. I had to shoot the pictures and record what was happening. The helicopter abandoned their rescue attempt. Sadly, as the day unfolded it became apparent that he was dead. 

I knew I’d shot probably the strongest hard news photo of my career so far, but I also knew the full photo would never be published given the very graphic content. I cropped a safe version for publication showing the helicopter with the top of the chimney and the ladder but not showing the body. I wouldn’t wish to upset the family by publishing this photo. I live and work in the same community and must be responsible and sensitive. But I do know as a photojournalist that it is a strong image that had to be recorded, it’s the editor’s decision how to use the image.

I went to a church hall where vandals had smashed several windows. Some of the windows were smashed but the glass remained in place but shattered with a hole. I asked the lady clearing up the broken glass to position herself where I could see her through the hole. The image told the story in a creative, dramatic and concise way.

Judges’ Comments:  

Although the image of the man stuck on the chimney did not reach print it is an amazing and brave image. As photographers we sometimes have to make ethical choices and this was the right one. 

Stuart shows the benefit of using imagination to turn what could be a stock and predictable shot of Prince Charles into something with a more interesting composition. 

Superb images created with both forethought and applied knowledge and sensitivity.