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December 14, 2012updated 18 Dec 2012 4:59pm

British Journalism Awards 2012 showcase: Photo Journalist of the Year finalists

By Camilla Turner

Winner: Matt Cardy (Getty Images)

Matt Cardy, one of four Getty photographer finalists, was named photo journalist of the year.

Judges reserved particular praise for Cardy’s picture of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, after he lost his battle of end his own life.

Cardy's other photographs were a close up of the royal family on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and a horse with its rider tumbling in the sea at a water polo event. 

The judges described Matt as “a great all-round news photographer. His picture of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson after losing his legal battle to end his own life is a strong contender for picture of the year.

“It captured the moment brilliantly and provided insight into the human suffering being the news story which no amount of words could convey.”

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Finalists

Oli Scarff (Getty Images)

One of Scarff’s pictures was of silhouetted travelers looking on as one of their caravans burnt during the eviction of the Dale Farm site.

Another was a dramatic landscape photo of a flotilla of small boats passing under the Millennium Bridge celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

His third photo showed Ken Livingstone crying as he watched his own promotional video for the London Mayoral election. 

Robin Hammond (Panos Pictures/The Sunday Times magazine)

After witnessing the appalling treatment of a mentally ill man who lay naked and shackled to the floor of a South Sudanese prison, Hammond began the project 'Condemned', where he mentally ill adults and children in some of Africa's poorest and most war-ravaged countries.

Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)

Kitty sent a photo of a grieving mother, of deers with their antlers caught in a rut, and of a colourful voodoo ritual. 

Peter Macdiarmid (Getty Images)

Macdiarmid sent a photo of the RAF Red Arrows flying in formation over Buckingham Palace to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Another picture of David Cameron walking with Aung San Suu Kyi in her garden in Yangon, Myanmar. 

His third picture featured the police firing taser guns as they broke through a barricade during evictions from Dale Farm travellers camp.

 

Leo Maguire (Freelance for The Sunday Times magazine)

Maguire sent a photos of the Olympic opening ceremony preparations and rehursals. 

 

 

 

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