New award for young photographers

A MAJOR new award for young photographers was launched on 21 November by the National Union of Journalists in memory of a veteran photographer who died last year.

[photo of Anne Bolt]

Anne Bolt - former chairwoman of London Freelance Branch, the Freelance Industrial Council and NUJ Member of Honour - was a prolific photographer and a prime mover for the rights of photographers.

She worked for years to put copyright onto the political agenda. The section of the 1988 Copyright Act which gives photographers rights in their work on a par with other creators is a testament to her perseverance.

The competition is open to photojournalists (including students) who are under 25 on 31 March, 1998. The first prize is £700 and the first award will be presented by Chris Smith, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport next July, with an exhibition at the British Library. Entrants will be asked to provide a portfolio of five photographs, which may be linked, and which contribute towards understanding between people. The pictures must have been taken between 1 April 1997 and 31 March 1998. The closing date is 1 May 1998.

The award has a distinguished panel of judges: Colin Jacobson, Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff's Centre for Journalism Studies; Jane Bown, photographer on the Observer; and Brian Harris, chief photographer on the Independent.

The awards are sponsored by the NUJ, London Freelance Branch, Journalists' Copyright Fund, the Design and Artists' Copyright Society and Alliance Multimedia Insurance. Application forms and further details are available from the Freelance Office.

BY Hillary Macaskill

Jan/Feb 1998

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