Getty Images’ photographer Oli Scarff wins Photographer of the Year at the Press Awards 2011
Getty Images’ photojournalist Oli Scarff was named Photographer of the Year at the prestigious 2011 Press Awards, held last night at the Lancaster London hotel. This is the second consecutive year a Getty Images photographer received this award, with Matt Cardy being awarded the title last year. Getty Images’ photojournalist Dan Kitwood was also shortlisted in this category, with Shaun Botterill nominated for Sports Photographer of the Year.
Coordinated by The Society of Editors, the Press Awards celebrates the best of British journalism, recognising excellence in the media industry, across over 30 different categories and is acknowledged as the most prestigious event in the industry’s calendar.
In the Photographer of the Year category, the esteemed panel of judges, led by Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of The Society of Editors, were looking for versatility, technical skill and the ability to capture the news picture that matters, as well as images which portrayed the subject strongly. Oli Scarff’s winning portfolio of three groundbreaking images proved to encompass all of these elements.
Award-winning Getty Images’ photographer Oli Scarff says: “It is an absolute honour to win this prestigious award, particularly given the strong competition in the category. The support I received from Getty Images has made this winning work possible and I am happy to be part of such a dedicated and hard-working news team.”
Adrian Murrell, Senior Vice President, Global Editorial, Getty Images says: “We are extremely proud that Oli has been recognised for his outstanding work with the Photographer of the Year award. His portfolio is made up of innovative and compelling content, which includes his astonishing image shot at Notting Hill Carnival showcasing a stabbing victim, with the youth responsible attempting to flee the scene, which the Metropolitan Police described as “the most powerful crime image they have ever seen”; a mass of patriotic revelers celebrating outside Buckingham Palace during last year’s Royal Wedding, and an image of Rupert Murdoch leaving his apartment, after allegations emerged surrounding the News Corporation phone hacking scandal.”
Click here, to view Oli’s award-winning portfolio