Latest HWPA News & Events

First Racing Media Week to launch next week

First Racing Media Week to launch next week

The HWPA will launch its first Racing Media Week to celebrate and showcase the work of our members in the build up to the 56th Derby Awards on December 5th. Starting on Monday 28th November, a series of interviews will be posted on our website with the sport's leading...

Shortlists for 2022 HWPA Derby Awards revealed

Shortlists for 2022 HWPA Derby Awards revealed

The nominees for the six writing and photographic awards at the HWPA Derby Awards have been revealed - but voting has now closed! Portfolios for the writing awards can be viewed by clicking on each of the nominee's names, for video content please follow the links in...

Broadcaster of the Year nominees announced

Broadcaster of the Year nominees announced

The HWPA is delighted to announce the names of the eight nominees selected by the panel of judges to go forward to be voted on by HWPA members for the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Trophy. Many other names were considered and it is a measure of the depth of broadcasting talent...

Entries open for 2022 HWPA Derby Awards

Entries open for 2022 HWPA Derby Awards

Entries are now open for all the writing and photography categories for this year's Derby Awards. It is hoped that as many members as possible will be able to find the time to enter at least one of the six categories. Entries should contain written pieces, photographs...

2020 Derby Awards – The complete list of nominees

The complete list of nominations for the 2020 Derby Awards, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club,  has been finalised after a decisions by panels of judges and votes from the HWPA membership.The winners will be announced on special Derby Awards programme on Sky...

Derby Awards – 2020

The decision has been made by the HWPA that the 2020 Derby Awards will not be staged as a physical event. The current situation and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has made it impossible to plan with any clarity and the Committee were not prepared to make financial...

Racecourse media slots available w/c Monday 29 June

Racecourse media slots availablew/c Monday 29 June The BHA and RCA have agreed that the two media slots currently allowed at each meeting can now be opened up should the Press Association and Racing Post not be represented at the meeting. The slots available next week...

Photographer Information – Racing Resumption

Photographers’ Information for theResumption of Racing Behind Closed Doors At all stages during the thought process for the way in which racecourse photography will work when racing resumes behind closed doors, the HWPA, RCA and BHA have been in regularly...

COVID-19 – media arrangement update

The HWPA is aware that members are waiting for information on what will be happening when racing hopefully returns on June 1 and are also anxious for updates.With the naming of a date for the sport to re-start, more focus is now being placed on wider operational...

COVID-19: Return to racing planning

We are approaching the time when hopefully it looks like there should be some movement towards the sport getting back under way in some form. It is the HWPA’s intention to keep you as informed as possible with what we understand is happening within our section of the...

HWPA: Racing Welfare support for members

HWPA members are part of the racing community and eligible for help from Racing Welfare. The charity has reiterated that they are there to try to offer support where they can. Clearly, for many HWPA members, especially freelancers and the self-employed, this will...

2020 HWPA TIPPING COMPETITION

2020 HWPA TIPPING COMPETITION (Supported by geegeez.co.uk) I am delighted to announce that geegeez.co.uk have agreed to support the 2020 HWPA Tipping Competition. Their generous support means we will once again be able to run a competition with some attractive prizes...

February Newsletter 2020

HWPA NEWSLETTER - February 2020 INSURANCE OFFER FOR MEMBERS The HWPA has been approached by All Media Insurance who believe they can offer competitive quotes on a wide range of products for members. Geoff Derham is the racecourse face of All Media Insurance that some...

HWPA DERBY AWARDS – the 2019 winners

Lee Mottershead has been named Racing Writer of the Year for the second time at the annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Derby Awards in London. Mottershead, Senior Writer at the Racing Post, first lifted the main prize at the Derby Awards in 2011. Mottershead...

FINAL NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

SEVEN-time winner Nick Luck is among the four nominations for the Broadcaster of the Year at the 2019 HWPA Derby Awards. Luck is nominated alongside Racing TV colleague Lydia Hislop. ITV duo Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani complete the nominations. Nominations for...

BOOK FOR THE 2019 DERBY AWARDS

Tickets for this year’s glittering HWPA awards lunch on Monday 2 December are aready on sale and selling fast.   Tickets this year are priced at £105 each for what is traditionally one of the most popular annual awards lunches of the racing year where excellence...

HWPA 2019 DERBY AWARDS

2019 HWPA DERBY AWARDS - FINAL REMINDER   Entries for the 2019 HWPA Derby awards have opened and you only have until Wednesday 9 October to submit your entries. This year there will be THREE writing awards and TWO photography awards. The HWPA have also introduced...

Trevor Jones Funeral

The funeral of photographer Trevor Jones will be held at Eastbourne Crematorium (BN 23 8AE) on Thursday 27 June  at 3.15pm, followed by a wake at the Hydro Hotel (BN20 7HZ).    

Death of photographer Trevor Jones announced

Photographer Trevor Jones, who forged a long and successful career covering sport and horseracing, has died at the age of 72. Trevor covered racing around the world in a career which spanned more than 40 years. Marcus Townend, president of the Horserace Writers and...

HWPA Newsletter – June 2019

HWPA Newsletter – June 2019   Ebor Meeting Social Event The HWPA will be staging a social event at York’s Ebor meeting after racing on Thursday 22 August. This will be a chance for members to get together and we are grateful to Sky Bet, sponsors of the first...

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – round 3 results

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – result Leg 3 Nigel Spencer (+46.75) napped 33-1 winner Ornate on Saturday to storm to victory in Leg 3 – the ‘Classics Leg’ -  the RaceBets HWPA tipping competition. Nigel’s inspired selection clawed back Paul Jones (+29.61), who...

2019 HWPA Golf Tournament

The annual and hugely popular HWPA golf competition will once again be held on the eve of Glorious Goodwood on the estate’s magnificent course. The event on Monday 29 July will have a shotgun start at 12.30pm, preceded by breakfast at 11.30am There is always massive...

The 2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards nominations

The full list of nominees for the QREC HWPA Derby Awards on December 3. 2018 Nominations for Racing Reporter of the Year   Bill Barber David Carr Chris Cook Mark Souster   Nominations for Racing Writer of the Year                              ...

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new-look website of the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association. It is a ‘one-stop shop’ for HWPA members and will be the hub of the organisation in the months and years ahead. Through this website, you will not only be able to keep up with...

Derby Award Tickets on sale 22 Sept.

The 2018 HWPA Derby, supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, will be held on Monday 3 December at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Tickets costing £99 will go on sale from Saturday 22 September. Tables for 10, 12 and 14 guests can be booked and there...

There can be few better ways to spend a Monday afternoon in December than at the annual @hwpa Derby Awards even if @Tomptin tried to put me off grub by divulging details of how he had broken all bar one of his fingers playing American Football 😮

Great to catch up with old friends & new at the HWPA Annual Derby Awards & be reminded of the media talent & diversity within our sport. Table warmly hosted by @CorneliusRacing & awards presented quite brilliantly by @olibellracing, some wonderfully unscripted moments.

👏 Congratulations to Nicky Henderson who won the prestigious George Ennor award for outstanding achievement at yesterday’s @HWPA Derby awards 🏇

Picked up another 🥈 at yesterday’s @HorseraceMedia Derby Awards, but this one really felt like 🥇 even to be shortlisted in such illustrious company for Racing Writer of the Year. Thanks to @dpcleary, @wikiwikiwheels and the team who made it another great afternoon

Congratulations to @nickluck and all the other winners at rhe @HorseraceMedia awards. I had such a fun day (as always) and hosting it was a real treat. A huge thanks to @dpcleary, David Carr, Jan, Jack, Liz and all the HWPA team who made it happen. 🕺🏼🕺🏼 https://twitter.com/RacingTV/status/1599858833383309313

Racing TV @RacingTV

Bravo @nickluck - named Broadcaster Of The Year for the ninth time at the @HorseraceMedia Awards today. Surely a statue of him outside @royallancaster awaits!

@olibellracing asks him what advice he can offer those wanting to follow in his footprints.

A wonderful lunch at @HorseraceMedia awards yesterday! Privileged to have attended such a fabulous and fun event so well organised by @dpcleary and his team. Also great to catch up with some ‘old’ faces! Congrats to all award winners🏆@nickluck @MeganDentPhoto @alancrowhurst1 https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1600088533896568839

👏Fantastic afternoon celebrating racing’s achievers @HorseraceMedia #awards including our own @CollingtRacing receiving his award from @EquineMediRec Riley Dargan and ARO’s Bill Smith 📸 Jonny Hathaway @ArabianRH @NKTJournal @NewmarketTrain @AAA_Alsaud @Athbah_Stud @JCSA_Racing

A huge congratulations to those who were successful at yesterday’s @HorseraceMedia Awards ceremony 🎉

Our industry is lucky to have such a wealth of talent working in it 👏

Delighted yesterday to win the HWPA Photographer of the Year as well as runner up in the Picture of the Year. Great day finished off in a quintessential London boozer with some good friends. #hwpa

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