Picture Perfect Horseracing

28th November 2017

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art unveils the short-listed images for this year's horseracing 'photographer of the year' award

Many of the most captivating and stunning  horseracing images of 2017 are now hwpa-exhibition-photographer-of-the-year-finalistson display at the National Heritage Centre in Newmarket, where the finalists in the HWPA 'Photographer of the Year' and 'Photo of the Year' Awards are available for the public to view.

Each year, the top professional photographers in the sport compete for these most prestigious awards which are decided in December at the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association 'Derby Awards' luncheon in Central London.

This year's four 'Photographer of the Year' finalists, who are among the best in the sport, have each submitted six striking images which will go on display in the Heritage Centre public atrium. Also on display are four images taken by the finalists in the 'Photo of the Year' category.

Photographer of the Year

Alan Crowhurst,  Getty Images Racing Photographer

Brio Conti and Harry Cobden with a rainbow over the last in The Oakmere Homes "Fixed Brush" 'National hunt' Novices' Hurdle Haydock 18.11.16 Pic Dan Abraham-focusonracing.com Brio Conti and Harry Cobden with a rainbow over the last in The Oakmere Homes "Fixed Brush" 'National hunt' Novices' Hurdle
Haydock 18.11.16
Pic Dan Abraham-focusonracing.com

Patrick McCann, Racing Post's Irish Photographer

Steve Cargill, Freelance Photographer

Dan Abraham, Freelance Photographer with focusonracing.com

Photo of the Year

Patrick McCann, Racing Post's Irish Photographer

Edward Whitaker, Racing Post's Photographer

Bill Selwyn, Freelance Photographer

Megan Ridgwell, Course Photographer at Chelmsford Racecourse

 

The judges, who include novelist and racing fan Jilly Cooper and a chief sports

A super jump from Jezki (Barry Geraghty) during the Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Hurdle. Fairyhouse. Photo:Patrick McCann 17.04.2017 A super jump from Jezki (Barry Geraghty) during the Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Hurdle.
Fairyhouse.
Photo:Patrick McCann 17.04.2017

photographer from a national newspaper, have a tough task ahead of them, with the winner announced on 4th December at a glittering event in Royal Lancaster Hotel.

The display at the Heritage Centre is free to view during opening hours and the pictures will be available to buy when the exhibition ends in early January.

Chris Garibaldi, Director of National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket

It is fantastic to display photographs from these highly acclaimed racing

photographers ahead of the annual HWPA Awards and we wish them all every success on the 4th December. These images follow on from our very successful photography exhibition Gods of Sport by Chris Smith and we hope the public will enjoy seeing them on display in our Atrium.”

ENABLE (Frankie Dettori) wins The Investec Oaks Epsom 2 Jun 2017 - Pic Steven Cargill / Racingfotos.com ENABLE (Frankie Dettori) wins The Investec Oaks Epsom 2 Jun 2017 - Pic Steven Cargill / Racingfotos.com

Marcus Townend, President of the

I am delighted that the work of the association’s photographers is going to be exhibited at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. The photographers are justifiably proud of their efforts this year and I hope the exhibition will prove popular with visitors. As the National Heritage Centre reflects both old and contemporary in the racing world, it is appropriate that how the sport is currently portrayed in the media can be seen there.”