Public Vote to Find Best Royal Rota Photography Goes Live

A public vote to find the best of the news media industry’s royal photography has gone live.

Forty-eight of the best photographs from national and local newspapers, agencies and freelance photographers have been showcased for the News Media Association’s Royal Rota photography competition.

Members of the public are invited to browse the images, taken at Royal Rota engagements across the UK, and vote for their favourite photograph. The results of the public vote will be used to produce a shortlist, published in time for The Queen’s official birthday on 11 June.   

After the shortlist is judged by a panel of industry experts  the winners, who will scoop a prize of vouchers for photography equipment, in each of the four categories will be announced: 

  • National Newspaper Rota Photo of the Year
  • Regional/Local Newspaper Rota Photo of the Year
  • Rota Picture Agency Rota Photo of the Year
  • Overall Rota Photo of the Year

The NMA manages the Royal Rota on behalf of its members, allocating passes for the hundreds of Royal engagements undertaken by members of the Royal Family each year and ensuring that the material is pooled among members.

The new competition has been launched by the NMA to promote the outstanding work of photographers in the UK news media and the NMA’s media facilities services for members.

The judges for the competition are:

  • Nigel Atherton – Group Editor of the IPC Media photography portfolio (including Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Photo Technique)
  • Paul Jarrett, Wire Photo Agencies secretary
  • Jeff Moore, The British Press Photographers’ Association chairman
  • Lynne Anderson, NMA deputy chief executive