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Image of London Bus bombing wins Nokia Citizen Journalism award - The image depicts the harrowing moments after the bomb exploded on the No.30 bus in Tavistock Square, London, on July 7th 2005. It was featured in a number of national newspapers and was broadcast by the BBC.
The award, created by Nokia and Press Gazette, organisers of the British Press Awards, was judged by a high profile panel including award-winning Channel 4 news presenter, Jon Snow as well as Vicky Taylor (BBC News Interactivity editor), Nick Wrenn (editor, CNN.com Europe), and Glyn Genin (Chairman of the Picture Editors Awards and former Financial Times Picture Editor). It recognises and celebrates the growing phenomenon of citizen journalism and the ever increasing number of photographs and videos generated by the general public as a result of them witnessing news events with a camera or camera phone.
The winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wins a Nokia N90 cameraphone, photo printer and membership to the Flickr photo sharing website which they are donating to a London bombings charity for auction.
In second place was a dramatic image of the Buncefield oil depot explosion taken from a plane showing clouds of smoke rising into the atmosphere. The image, taken by David Otway, subsequently ran in the Daily Telegraph, BBC online and the CNN website.
In third place was another image from the 7/7 bombings, this time one taken just after the Piccadilly line explosion. Alexander Chadwick’s now familiar cameraphone shot was published in worldwide media including the BBC, CNN, Guardian, Times, New York Times and Washington Post.
Vicky Taylor, BBC News Interactivity editor said: "I went with the pictures which were taken by people almost by chance. They did not set out to photograph an event, it just happened in front of them and they could capture something which a professional could not as they weren’t in that place at that moment."
The Nokia Citizen Journalism Awards were open to any member of the public that has had a photo or video clip published or used by a newspaper, magazine, broadcast service, internet news service, blog or photo sharing website in the last 12 months.
The growing usage of camera phones, camcorders and other recording equipment has largely driven the rapid growth in citizen journalism in recent years. The Nokia Citizen Journalism Awards are the first of their kind to recognise and honour the citizen journalist and aims to ensure that citizen journalism is seen as a credible and important part of the new media landscape.
Commenting on the results, Ian Reeves, editor of Press Gazette, said, "The three images selected by our judges helped bring home to an international audience some of the most significant news events of the past 12 months. It’s clear from the quality of the entries to these awards that citizen journalism, however you define it, is going to play an increasingly significant role in the industry."
Anna Shipley, Communications Manager, Nokia UK said: "We're delighted to have created this award with Press Gazette and the quality of entries we have seen has really reinforced the fact that Citizen Journalism is very much being recognised as a credible part of the media agenda. The increasing quality of camera phones has meant that more and more people are able to capture spontaneous and newsworthy moments whilst going about their everyday lives."