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Matthew Lloyd named young photographer of the year

By Nneka Opara

Matthew Lloyd has been unveiled as The Times/Canon Young Photographer of the year.

The award means Lloyd, who graduated from the NCTJ photo-journalism course at Sheffield College in June 2008, will also secure a six-month contract as a staff photographer on The Times along with a year’s membership to the British Press Photographers’ Association.

Lloyd said: “I’m delighted; I really didn’t know I was going to win as the judging panel gave me a real grilling at the interview stage.

“I put a lot of work into my application. Just a week before the interview we were given a surprise brief to capture a newsworthy story local to us and I was up all night making sure my final prints were ready.”

The judging panel included The Times picture editor Paul Sanders and photographers Marc Aspland and Scott Montgomery.

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