Photographer of the Year

Whether it is glowing in the Royal Ascot sun or trekking through the mud at Carlisle in November, racing photographers are always at the centre of the action across the country.

The Photographer of the Year prize rewards the best and most varied portfolio of images taken throughout the year. The prize is one of the most distinguished in sports photography and will enter its 25th year in 2022.

Patrick McCann from the Racing Post took the number one prize for the first time in 2022 with an incredible six-picture portfolio. His shots contrasts from a stunning sunset at Dundalk to a wintery scene at Cieren Murphy’s gallops while he received particular praise for a startling image of Donagh Meyler preparing for a ride in a lift.

The judges described it as a “really well chosen portfolio, hard to fault, with the jockey in the lift an off-stage moment perfectly captured.”

2021 nominees also include strong entries from Tim Goode, Hugh Routledge and Edward Whitaker. All of the images submitted in the 2021 awards can be viewed in the dedicated Showcase section.

McCann is the 13th individual photographer to win the prize and his Racing Post colleague Edward Whitaker is the most successful in the category with eight victories.

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Patrick McCann

2021 winner

2022 Entries

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

Entrants must submit six images. The maximum pixels of the images being 4500 on the longest side, saved at 10 in Photoshop. No images to be used from video grabs. Usual darkroom techniques only to be applied to images.

Previous winners

Year Winner
2021 Patrick McCann
2020 Tracy Roberts
2019 Edward Whitaker
2018 Edward Whitaker
2017 Dan Abraham
2016 Edward Whitaker
2015 Dan Abraham
2014 Edward Whitaker
2013 Alan Crowhurst
2012 Edward Whitaker
2011 Mel Fordham
2010 Dan Abraham
2009 Alan Crowhurst
2008 Hugh Routledge
2007 David Dew
2006 Edward Whitaker
2005 Bill Selwyn
2004 Dan Abraham
2003 Edward Whitaker
2002 Edward Whitaker
2001 Anne Grossick
2000 John Grossick
1999 Edward Whitaker
1998 Alec Russell
1997 Mark Cranham