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
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
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.