Freelance photographers called to compete

Twenty-something photographers keen to embark on a career behind the camera are entering the 2007 Times/Tabasco Young Photographer of the Year competition.

Organisers are calling entrants to follow in the footsteps of freelance Christopher Pledger, who won the competition’s grand prize last year of six months working at The Times.

Within weeks of scooping the six months assignment, which is on offer to this year’s winner, Mr Pledger made the newspaper’s front page with a shot of Tony and Cherie Blair.

“I think the difference between the final three was that I had done plenty of work experience,” he said.

At the time, his CV included three years working for various news agencies as well as photography credits shooting senior revellers.

In common with four of the five winners, Mr Pledger then reportedly attended Norton College in Sheffield to study press photography.

The Times says all of the winners have gone on to start successful careers in photography, presumably helped by working on one of Britain’s best selling national newspapers.

In the past, each winner has had their own niche, whether it was striking portraits, expansive travel shots or fast-moving news coverage.

Like previous years, entrants are asked to submit three photographs in the categories of Food and Entertainment, Action and Portraiture.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant, who must be aged between 19 and 25, and must not have been previously published.

Entrants are reminded they must obtain the consent of the subjects of the photo before submitting it for entry.

Obscene or defamatory photos, or photos which invade the privacy of an individual, will also not be accepted.

For further details, including the dates all applicants must be available, please see the paper’s dedicated web pages.


1st March 2007

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