In an email message to members of the association, Chair Lindsey Parnaby wished everyone entering the competition the best of luck. He wrote:
“2020 was undoubtedly an incredible year for the press photographer. The impact of Covid19 changing the way we live our everyday lives for the foreseeable future as public events were forced to close their doors and socialisation banned under successive lockdowns. The NHS becoming the nation’s saviour at it’s darkest time. Brexit. George Floyd’s death and the global Black Lives Matter campaign. Captain Tom Moore’s epic £30m charity walk. Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty. Sports being played behind closed doors and so many more news events in the space of just 366 days.
The Board deliberated for a long time whether now was the right time to hold an awards competition after many of our members had themselves suffered lack of work throughout 2020, but with such exceptional circumstances and as an organisation representing press photographers, we felt it would be an insult to those who were fortunate to work and to press photography if we didn’t acknowledge the exceptional images that have been achieved throughout 2020.”
The competition is being sponsored by Canon UK and Pixelrights and the awards website is now on line at https://thebppa.pixelrights.com