British Press Awards attracts record entries

Entries for the British Press Awards have hit an all-time high this year, with more than 850 hopefuls going for glory. That’s 12 per cent more than last year.

There are record numbers of entries in the categories for photographer; sports photographer; foreign reporter; specialist writer; travel writer; and best front page.

The most competitive categories include specialist writer and columnist of the year.

The preliminary judging takes place next month, following which shortlists will be published in Press Gazette.

Chairman of the judges Donald Trelford has made considerable changes to the procedure this year, including the appointment of two “assessors” – one from a broadsheet background, one from a tabloid background – who will give guidance to the judges at every stage.

The newspaper of the year category will be judged by a completely independent panel of eight non-partisan, highly regarded journalists.

The final results will be announced at a gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel, on London’s Park Lane, on Tuesday, 16 March.

To book your tables for the event, contact Andrea Hayes on 020 8565 4359 or e-mail her at andreah@

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