Picture awards nominations for Ponty and MacNicol

A PHOTOGRAPHER on the Evening Times and Herald newspapers and a Glasgow-based freelancer have been nominated in one of the UK’s most prestigious photography competitions.

The Evening Times/Herald’s Nick Ponty and Ian MacNicol have been shortlisted in this year’s UK Picture Editors’ Guild awards.

MacNicol’s nomination is in the Sports Photographer category, while Ponty’s is in the Regional Photographer one.

Of the five images submitted by Ponty one was of a visit to Glasgow by the Queen and another was of football manager, Ally McCoist, leaping into the arms of a colleague. Another was of a tower block being demolished.

Ponty is quoted in The Herald as saying: “I wanted a varied selection that would show Glasgow at its best. I like the colours of the Queen, it looks bright and vibrant, while the tower block destruction was an iconic moment.”

MacNicol was highly commended in the Sports category of last year’s event.

The winners will be announced on the eighth of next month.

Say the organisers as to why the guild was set up: “The founding members, Paddy Hicks of the Press Association, Stuart Boyd of The Scotsman and Peter Woodman of the Newcastle Chronicle, felt there was a need for people in the same profession to have a forum in which they could share their thoughts.”

The full awards shortlist reads:

NIKON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Boyers (Action Images)

Colm Lenagahn (Pacemaker Press)

Ian MacNicol (Freelance)

David Ramos

John Sibley (Action Images)

Stefan Wermuth (Reuters)

GETTY IMAGES ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Carl Court (Agence France-Presse)

Paul Edwards (The Sun Newspaper)

Rupert Hartley

Max Mumby x2

Geoff Pugh (Daily Telegraph)

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Christopher Furlong (Getty Images)

James Glossop (The Times newspaper)

Neil Hall

Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid (Getty Images)

Oliver Scarff (Getty Images)

CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Dave Benett (Evening standard)

Richard Cannon

Jon Enoch x 2

James Glossop (The Times newspaper)

Rune Hellestad

BLOOMBERG BUSINESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Jason Alden (Bloomberg News)

Richard Cannon

Simon Dawson (Bloomberg)

Christopher Ratcliffe (Bloomberg News)

Oliver Scarff (Getty Images)

Lewis Whyld (The Press Association)

NEWSCAST YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER BURSARY

Robert Binder (Lancashire Telegraph)

James Dadzitis (South West News Service)

Adam Gerrard (South West News Service)

David Hedges (South West News Service)

Justin Tallis

Brad Wakefield (South West News Service)

REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Anthony Chappel-Ross (The Press, York)

William Cherry (Presseye)

Stephen Garnett (Craven Herald)

Simon Hulme (Yorkshire Post Newspapers)

Charles McQuillan (Pacemaker Press International)

Nick Ponty (Herald and Times)

PHOTO ESSAY

Jason Howe

Andrew Parsons (i-Images)

Miss Lucy Ray (The Daily Mail)

Edmond Terakopian

Mary Turner

Lewis Whyld (The Press Association)

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