Emerging Talent

Alan Lee Trophy
First introduced in 2019, the Emerging Talent award was created to highlight the depth of young talent throughout the racing media. From writers, broadcasters, photographers and more the award is open for those members of the media under the age of 30.

The first two winners Jonathan Harding and Nick Seddon displayed their writing ability while the latest victor, Jess Stafford, produced an exemplary submission of broadcast work for Racing TV. The judges called it “a strong portfolio, showcasing her interviewing skills and way of making a subject easy to understand.”

2021 nominees include Racing Post trio Brian Sheerin, Maddy Playle and James Stevens while Adam Houghton (Timeform) and Tim Williams (ITV Racing) also featured. 

This prize remains the only one where former winners are no longer permitted to enter again.

Alan Lee

Alan wrote for the Times, first as cricket correspondent for 11 years, then as racing correspondent for 14. He won the SJA Sports Writer of the Year Award in 2001 and was a three-time winner of the Clive Graham Trophy for Racing Writer of the Year.

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Jess Stafford

2021 winner

2022 Entries

Entries are open for the 2022 HWPA Derby Awards and close on Thursday October 6th.

Entrants must be under 30 years of age on the date of the Arc, 2nd October 2022, and submit their age with their entry. Their three pieces of work can cover a range of media, including traditional written and photography, blogs, social media and broadcasting.

Previous winners

Year Winner
2021 Jess Stafford (Racing TV)
Nick Seddon (Horseracing.net)
Jonathan Harding (Racing Post)