Times picture prize returns to Sheffield

Photography student Leon Neal has won the second Times/Tabasco young photographer of the year award, writes Sarah Boden.

Neal, of Sheffield College, has repeated the success of fellow Sheffield student Katherine Batchelor, who picked up the prize last year.

He wins a six-month contract with The Times, and will get the opportunity to work in all sections of the paper, including news, features, sport and travel.

Times executive editor Richard Holledge said the standard of entries this year was extremely high. “But we all agreed that there was something special about Leon’s work. He’s also got a lively personality and should be a good team player on the Times picture desk.”

Neal said: “Winning this competition is a dream come true. I want to learn as much as I can and take some of the best photographs during my six months at The Times.”

lPictured above, clockwise from top left: a former self-harmer who has suffered over the years with the symptoms of schizophrenia, epilepsy and acute asthma; a candid picture of a stranger at a summer festival; a member of the Sea Cadets stands alone waiting for the start of the Remembrance Sunday march in Sheffield.

Sarah Boden

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