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The Anne Bolt Award

THE FIRST Anne Bolt Memorial Award, for photo-journalists under the age of 25, was presented at the British Library on 1 July. Winner of the £700 prize was Simon Roberts, aged 24, who studied photo-journalism at Sheffield College. The runner-up was Vivienne Hutchings from Cleveland College of Art, who received £300.

The award commemorates the work of Anne Bolt, former member of the NEC and chairwoman of London Freelance Branch and Freelance Industrial Council, who died at the end of 1996. Anne, photographer and writer, was a key figure in the development of the 1988 Copyright Act and especially in winning improved rights for photographers.

Judges of the 1998 award were Jane Bown of The Observer, Brian Harris of The Independent and Colin Jacobson, senior research fellow at Cardiff University. Minister of Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Chris Smith presented the prizes.

The exhibition of photographs which was held at the British Library will be on display in the NUJ until November. Application forms for the 1999 Award will be available at the end of the year: anyone interested in entering may contact Pamela Morton at Head Office.


Sep/Oct 1998
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