Reuters photojournalist Hannah McKay this week was named the winner of Photographer at the Year at the UK Press Awards. The Press Awards champion the importance of journalism to society and celebrate outstanding talent from across the UK’s press. McKay was honored for her work covering a range of news and politics in Britain.
According to the judges, McKay’s image of a lone female protester being restrained by faceless male police officers at a vigil for murdered Sarah Everard helped to propel the story into a talking point and became a symbol of anger, illustrating the importance photographers have in journalism.
Her photograph of Boris Johnson jogging with his dog Dilly in Westminster in the early morning during the ‘Partygate Scandal’, at a time where the Prime Minister was avoiding being seen, was used widely in print and online.
Finally, in a widely popular 2022 photograph of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, capturing an animated Prince Louis on the balcony of Buckingham Palace along with the rest of the British royal family, “became one of the last photographs seen of the Queen carrying out a public engagement, and it was well loved at the time it was taken due to Prince Louis’s humorous gestures.”
McKay was also recently named Press Photographer of the Year by the British Press Photographers’ Association. She won the overall top prize in the BPPA contest, as well as winning in the News category, for her portfolio of work that included the Queen’s Jubilee, last summer’s heat wave across Europe and political leaders in the UK.
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Heather.Carpenter @ tr.com