Deadline Approaches For Royal Rota Photography Public Vote

Thousands of votes have been cast in the News Media Association’s annual competition to find the best of the news media industry’s royal photography.

This week’s online public vote to whittle down the 48 entries from national and local newspapers, agencies and freelance photographers into a shortlist will remain open until 5pm tomorrow (Friday).  

Thousands of votes have already been cast and the competition has been covered in news media outlets including The SunExpress and Star, The MirrorNewbury Weekly NewsMaidenhead Advertiser and on social media.

A panel of industry will pick the winners for each of the following categories:

  • 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;
  • Special Category – Rota photographs of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle together. 

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 competition is run 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:

  • Alan Sparrow, chairman of the UK Picture Editors Guild;
  • Chris Eades, The British Press Photographers’ Association chairman;
  • Lynne Anderson, NMA deputy chief executive;
  • Martin Keene, Press Association group picture editor;
  • Dr Michael Pritchard, The Royal Photographic Society chief executive.