Welcome to the website of The Horserace Writers and Photographers Association.

We hope that members will find the site useful whether you are looking for dates and links to help with Festival accreditation, keeping up to date with issues that affect your working day around the racecourses, or maybe just checking on your tipping competition scores. Please check the site regularly, as updates will be placed here long before you receive a newsletter! Any racecourses or members with information or announcements regarding media issues that they think would be of benefit to the HWPA's membership should contact a committee member. Non-members can apply to join the association by downloading a form from within the site. Thank you.

………………………………………………….AWARDS’ WINNERS………………………………………….

Posted by HWPA on December 5, 2017  |   No Comments »

WINNERS FROM THE 51ST ANNUAL HWPA DERBY AWARDS SUPPORTED BY THE QATAR RACING & EQUESTRIAN CLUB

Chris McGrath was announced as Racing Writer of the Year at the 51st annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards Lunch, held in London today, Monday, December 4 and supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club.

McGrath won the Clive Graham Trophy for a third time, the first two when writing for The Independent in 2007 and 2013, while this year’s award came for his work as Bloodstock Editor of the Racing Post.

He gained a higher number of votes among the HWPA membership than any of the three other nominees, Racing Post columnist Peter Thomas, the 2016 winner Tom Kerr (Racing Post) and Emma Berry, the European Editor of Thoroughbred Daily News. Alastair Down holds the record for the number of wins as Racing Writer of the Year (four).

The Peter O’Sullevan Trophy for Broadcaster of the Year, founded in 2004, went to Luke Harvey, who works for ITV Racing and At The Races among others, for the first time. He polled the highest number of votes among nominees who also included ITV Racing colleagues Ed Chamberlin and Oli Bell plus Racing UK’s Lydia Hislop.

The second award for a journalist, the John Oaksey Trophy for the Racing Reporter of the Year which is in its sixth year, also had a strong set of nominations – The Guardian’s Chris Cook (winner in 2012 & 2014), Marcus Armytage of The Daily Telegraph and two from the Racing Post, Industry Editor Bill Barber and reporter David Carr. The Racing Reporter award went to Armytage for the first time following voting by members of the HWPA on the submitted articles.

The Photographer of the Year award, founded in 1997 and judged by a three-strong panel, was won for the fourth time by Dan Abraham, freelance photographer with focusonracing.com, whose previous successes came in 2004, 2010 and 2015.

His portfolio of photos was judged best of the four nominees who also included dual winner Alan Crowhurst, who is the Getty Images racing photographer, Patrick McCann, the Racing Post’s Irish photographer, and freelance Steven Cargill.

The Picture of the Year award, inaugurated in 2012, went to first-time nominee Megan Ridgwell of Megan Rose Photography, with her winning photo depicting a sunset and a race at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

She triumphed from powerful opposition in the shape of dual winner McCann, Edward Whitaker, record seven-time Photographer of the Year for the Racing Post, and freelance Bill Selwyn, winner of the Photographer of the Year in 2005.

The separate Jump and Flat awards for Trainer of the Year and Jockey of the Year at the HWPA Derby Awards, amalgamated into Trainer of the Year and Jockey of the Year in 2012, were reinstated this year.

Last year’s Trainer of the Year Aidan O’Brien was voted HWPA Flat Trainer of the Year after a record-breaking 2017 season, with the other nominees being John Gosden, Clive Cox and Karl Burke. He also won the Flat Trainer of the Year award in 2001.

Frankie Dettori enjoyed a tremendous 2017 and the Jockey of the Year in 2015 gained the 2017 Flat Jockey of the Year ahead of Silvestre de Sousa, P J McDonald and Ryan Moore. Dettori has won the Flat Jockey of the Year five times before (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2004).

Colin Tizzard was voted Jump Trainer of the Year from Jessie Harrington, Nicky Henderson and Lucinda Russell, while champion jockey Richard Johnson triumphed as Jump Jockey of the Year over Noel Fehily, Brian Hughes and Robbie Power.

Prince Khalid Abdullah, who had the 2017 Horse of the Year Enable, became the Owner of the Year for the sixth time (previously 1986, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014). The other nominees were Bill Gredley, Ann & Alan Potts and the Two Golf Widows.

Charlie Appleby, for the second year in succession, is the International Trainer of the Year, an award decided by the International Racing Bureau. The Godolphin trainer won ahead of Karl Burke, Roger Charlton and John Gosden.

Seamus Buckley gained the George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement, for his tremendous work as Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course after retiring recently.

The HWPA President’s Award went to David Elsworth, whose training career started in 1978 and shows no signs of stopping just yet.

The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Arabian award, to recognise outstanding achievement in Arabian racing, was won by The Royal Cavalry of Oman, owners and sponsors. The other nominees were jockey Ellie MacKenzie, owner/breeder Heather Phillpott and trainer James Owen.

Over 560 people attended the 51st annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association Derby Awards Lunch which took place at the Lancaster London this afternoon (Monday, December 4) and was supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club for a fifth consecutive year.

Details of the 2017 HWPA Derby Awards

International Trainer of the Year – Charlie Appleby
Picture of the Year – Megan Ridgwell
Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Arabian Award – The Royal Cavalry of Oman
Owner of the Year – Khalid Abdullah
Jump Jockey of the Year – Richard Johnson
John Oaksey Trophy for Racing Reporter of the Year – Marcus Armytage
Flat Trainer of the Year – Aidan O’Brien
Jump Trainer of the Year – Colin Tizzard
George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement – Seamus Buckley
Flat Jockey of the Year – Frankie Dettori
Photographer of the Year – Dan Abraham
Peter O’Sullevan Trophy for Broadcaster of the Year – Luke Harvey
HWPA President’s Award – David Elsworth
Clive Graham Trophy for Racing Writer of the Year – Chris McGrath

FINAL LIST OF FULL NOMINEES for 2017 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Posted by HWPA on November 30, 2017  |   No Comments »

FINAL LIST OF FULL NOMINEES for 2017 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Awards lunch – Royal Lancaster Hotel – December 4

Owner of Year
Ann & Alan Potts
Two Golf Widows
Khaled Abdullah
Bill Gredley

Flat Trainer
Aidan O’Brien
Karl Burke
John Gosden
Clive Cox

Flat jockey
Silvestre De Sousa
Ryan Moore
Frankie Dettori
PJ McDonald

Jump Trainer
Nicky Henderson
Jessie Harrington
Colin Tizzard
Lucinda Russell

Jump jockey
Richard Johnson
Robbie Power
Brian Hughes
Noel Fehily

International Trainer
Charlie Appleby
Karl Burke
Roger Charlton
John Gosden

Broadcaster of the Year
Lydia Hislop
Luke Harvey
Oli Bell
Ed Chamberlin

Photographer of the Year
Dan Abraham
Patrick McCann
Alan Crowhurst
Steven Cargill

Picture of the Year
Megan Ridgwell
Patrick McCann
Ed Whitaker
Bill Selwyn

Reporter of the Year
Marcus Armytage
Bill Barber
Chris Cook
David Carr

Writer of the Year
Peter Thomas
Chris McGrath
Tom Kerr
Emma Berry

VOTING OPENS FOR THE HWPA DERBY AWARDS 2017

Posted by HWPA on October 22, 2017  |   No Comments »

VOTE FOR THE 2017 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Voting has opened for the 2017 Horserace Writer & Photographer Association annual Derby Awards.

Members are asked to cast their vote in five racing categories, with contenders drawn up following a ballot among HWPA Committee members.

The shortlists for two writing awards have been drawn up by three independent judges.

The Broadcaster of the Year award remains an open vote.

Portfolios from the shortlisted Reporter and Writer of the Year contenders has been posted on the HWPA website.

The Photographer awards are decided by judges’ verdict.

Members are asked to cast their votes by Thursday, November 2.

No votes cast after this deadline will be counted.

Votes should be emailed to: hwpavotes2017@hotmail.com

Only one vote per category.

RACING REPORTER OF THE YEAR
1 Marcus Armytage
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJEMHZvZ1dsNHdVSnM
2 Bill Barber
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJERFotdUdwLXJ2TzA
3 David Carr
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-w9LW7REHJERV9VeW5pRnU0bWM/view
4 Chris Cook
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJETzR0QlBnUElOcVk

RACING WRITER OF THE YEAR
1 Emma Berry
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/a-morning-with-sir-mark-prescott/
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/a-morning-with-the-juddmonte-stallions/
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/a-morning-with-the-juddmonte-stallions/
2 Chris McGrath
https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/more-to-read/great-trainer-great-breeder-bolger-is-a-tesio-for-our-times/302737
https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/new-regime-at-godolphin-has-the-chance-for-a-fresh-start-with-coolmore/289387
3 Tom Kerr
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJEbmM4SUFfY0V2REE
4 Peter Thomas
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJEOHlCc0wxR0dtWmM

OWNER OF THE YEAR
1 Khalid Abdullah
2 Ann & Alan Potts
3 Two Golf Widows
4 Bill Gredley
5 Elite Racing
6 Heather & John Snook

FLAT TRAINER OF YEAR
1 Aidan O’Brien
2 Karl Burke
3 Clive Cox
4 John Gosden
5 Richard Fahey
6 Iain Jardine

FLAT JOCKEY OF YEAR
1 Frankie Dettori
2 Jim Crowley
3 PJ McDonald
4 Adam Kirby
5 Ryan Moore
6 Silvestre de Sousa

JUMP TRAINER OF THE YEAR
1 Lucinda Russell
2 Colin Tizzard
3 Nicky Henderson
4 Jessie Harrington
5 Dan Skelton
6 Willie Mullins

JUMP JOCKEY OF YEAR
1 Aidan Coleman
2 Noel Fehily
3 Brian Hughes
4 Richard Johnson
5 Robbie Power
6 Harry Skelton

BROADCASTER OF YEAR
Open Vote

2017 HWPA MEDIA AWARDS

Posted by HWPA on September 21, 2017  |   No Comments »

Entries are now officially being invited for the media categories at the 2017 HWPA annual awards sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club.

Once again there will be two awards for journalists and two awards for photographers which will be presented at the HWPA’s awards lunch at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Monday 4 December.

However, the HWPA committee have decided that this year there will be a slight change to the journalist awards. Entrants will only be able to enter one category – either Reporter of the Year or Racing Writer of the Year.

It is hoped this will encourage more entries by giving as many journalists as possible the opportunity to be considered for an award.

Entries for all categories MUST be received by Saturday 7 October. Entry to the awards is restricted to members of the HWPA. Entries can be both print and online published material.

JOURNALIST AWARDS

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Entrants need to submit three pieces of work written under deadline since last year’s awards (December 5, 2016). This could include news stories & live reporting & live race reports.

RACING WRITER OF THE YEAR

More considered material including features, colour writing or comment pieces.

Entrants should supply three pieces of work. Entries should be sent clearly stating which category is being entered and with the entrant clearly identified.

Entries with either PDFs attached or including links to relevant online material should be emailed to: hwpacontacts@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARDS

Pictures taken between the 2016 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and 2017 race are eligible.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

A portfolio of six pictures, no bigger than A4 size produced using normal dark room techniques only.

PICTURE OF THE YEAR

One Image of identical dimensions produced using normal dark room techniques.

ENTRIES (clearly identifying the photographer) should be posted to:

Dan Abraham
28 Eagle Gardens
Bedford
MK41 7FE

HWPA – AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

Posted by HWPA on August 21, 2017  |   No Comments »

NEW ACCREDITATION SYSTEM – LATEST UPDATE

The questionaire sent out to members a few weeks ago concerning RCA plans to change the system of accreditation for racing media in 2018 produced some valuable contributions and also raised some pertinent questions.
What it did not do, however, was demonstrate a feeling from members of the organisation that they were completely opposed to the change and wanted the HWPA to resist the move.
Final proposals are currently being drawn up by the RCA which they have said will be presented to the HWPA later this month.
The RCA say the change will bring racing media acceditation in line with other sports and offer ‘increased security, reduced levels of abuse and easier identification’.
There are still some significant details to finalise but, as we stand, it seems probable that the Metal Badge system will be replaced by a picture lanyard system.
This change will inevitably make for some confusion during this year’s accreditation process. The RCA insist they are prepared for this but I remain sceptical.
Members should be aware of what is happening and be ready when the 2018 accreditation process gets under way.
Even in the unlikely event of the lanyard system being delayed, all applications this year will have to be accompanied by a photograph of the applicant.

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD

HWPA members who attended this year’s meeting will be aware that the Press facilities are now somewhat less than glorious.
There were issues with area supposedly reserved for Press/Race reader viewing being taken over by both spectators and Qatari TV, car parking was a problem for many and the dungeon Press Room has what can at best be described as issues. The accreditation system also seems chaotic.
I had initial talks with the track’s new head of media during the meeting and Goodwood have been made aware of the problems.
That, of course, is different to doing something about it but I intend to make formal contact with the track and hopefully arrange a meeting to try to see if we can make improvements to Press facilities at the track, especially for it main meeting.

MAILING LIST

It has become clear that the HWPA mailing list is not comprehensive. Most members have been receiving newsletters and information but not all. This seems largely down to people changing their email addresses. The database has been updated but if you change your email please let us know.
Marcus

James Willoughby swings to victory at Goodwood as HWPA champion golfer of the year

Jordan Spieth’s performance to win his first Open at Royal Birkdale may go down as one of the sporting highlights of the summer but the HWPA golfing crown now sits on the head of Racing UK pundit and analyst James Willoughby.
James outscored his fellow HWPA members at the Qatar-sponsored competion staged at Goodwood on the eve of the track’s Festival meeting.
James is pictured above receiving his prestigious trophy from HWPA membership secretary and tournament organiser Dan Abraham in an image which highlights the standard of athleticism that the Press Room currrently boasts.
Overall winner of the tournament was a closely-run affair with three players achieving a top score of 41 points – Alan Davies, Matt Ross and Tom Haslem. It was Alan who pronounced winner on count back.
The team event also came down to a count back with Betfair squad getting the better of Sandown’s team on 92 points with the BHA in third.
After a shotgun start, the first shot of the day at the short par three 12th earned Steve Meehan the nearest-the-pin prize, Longest drive on the 18th was a mighty thwack from Matt Ross.
While the Wooden Spoon (or pair of pants) went to Burt Ward, who managed just 5 points!!!!!!!!
A massive thanks to Qatar Racing for sponsoring. Without their support this hugely popular event would not take place.
Also to the Goodwood Golf team who manage to out do themselves year after year.
One last thing we would like apologize to the sheep to the left of the 15th fairway for bombarding them all day………

RESULTS
HWPA Golfer of the year: James Willoughby
Team Competition: 1st Betfair (Martin Fisher,Tom Haslem,Jonathon Louden, Mathew Hopper); 2nd Sandown (Richard Jaques, Will Petit, Alan Davies, Rupert Bell); 3rd BHA (Rob Mounsey, Nigel Roddis, James Oldring, Jody Mogford)
Individual competition: 1st Alan Davies (41pts won on count back); 2nd Matt Ross (41pts); 3rd Tom Haslem (41 pts).
Nearest pin: Steve Meehan
Longest Drive Matt Ross

HWPA RaceBets 2017 TIPPING COMPETITION

Winner of the Leg 4 over Glorious Goodwood was Daragh O Conchuir (Profit of £25.41) with Nigel Spencer (+ £13.50) with Martin Kelly
(+ £11.24) third.

Both Daragh and Martin are now well placed in the overall yearly competition with four of the seven legs completed.

But the clear leader remains Darrell Williams, who is setting a furious pace. So far Darrell has tipped a total of 28 winners, including four successful naps. Can he keep it up?

The next leg is the four-day Doncaster St Leger Festival so there is still time to eat into Darrell’s lead and the fight for the first three places looks like being very tight.

CURRENT STANDINGS

Darrell Williams. +£60.37
Daragh O Conchuir. +£27.86
Martin Kelly. +£27.05
Arthur Jones. +£24.18
Richard Williams. +£16.71
Frank Keogh. +£15.97
Jack Millan. +£15.22
Nigel Spencer. +£11.00
Paul Wheeler. +£ 7.87
David Cleary. +£ 7.09
Michael Shinners. +£ 0.17
Matt Bisogno. -£ 6.79
Marcus Townend. -£ 6.80
Mark Openshaw. -£ 7.50
Chris Wright. -£ 7.63
Tom Peacock. -£ 8.90
Andrew Mount. -£11.17
Kel Mansfield. -£16.42
Bill Selwyn. -£19.22
John Henwood -£23.11
Julian Armfield. -£25.82
Sue Montgomery. -£26.70
Ben Hutton. -£32.04
Jason Heavey. -£33.20
Johnno Spence. -£33.45
Ed Prosser. -£40.67
Neil Clark. -£43.08
Matt Brocklebank. -£47.50

WHO IS WHO AT THE HWPA

Posted by HWPA on May 8, 2017  |   No Comments »

NEW HWPA COMMITTEE FROM APRIL 2017

President: Marcus Townend

Vice President: David Cleary

Treasurer: Jan Green

Membership Secretary: Dan Abraham

Committee Members: Graham Clark, Graham Dench, Will Hayler, Martin Kelly, Steve Payne, Louise Pollard, Mark Popham, Tom Peacock, David Carr

HWPA PHOTOGRAPHS DISPLAYED IN NEWMARKET

Posted by HWPA on November 30, 2017  |   No Comments »

PICTURE PERFECT HORSERACING

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 on 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
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 photographer from a national newspaper, have a tough task ahead of them, with the winner announced on December 4 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, commented:
“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.”

Marcus Townend, President of the HWPA, said:
“I am delighted that the work of the association’s photographers are 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.”

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art
A: Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, CB8 8EP
P: 01638 667314
W: www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk

…………………………………………………AWARDS LUNCH…………………………………………..

Posted by HWPA on November 30, 2017  |   No Comments »

HWPA
AWARDS
LUNCH
DEC 4

URGENT – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR HWPA DERBY AWARDS – DO SO BEFORE MIDNIGHT THURS NOV 2

Posted by HWPA on November 1, 2017  |   No Comments »

IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED ALREADY, YOU ONLY HAVE A DAY AND A HALF LEFT TO CAST YOUR VOTE IN THIS YEAR’S HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Voting closes at midnight on Thursday, November 2 for the 2017 Horserace Writers & Photographers Association annual Derby Awards.

Members are asked to cast their vote in five racing categories, with the contenders drawn up following a ballot among HWPA Committee members.

The shortlists for two writing awards have been selected by three independent judges.

The Broadcaster of the Year award remains an open vote.

Portfolios from the shortlisted Reporter and Writer of the Year contenders are posted on the HWPA website click http://www.hwpa.org/uncategorized/voting-opens-for-the-hwpa-derby-awards-2017/

The Photographer awards are decided by judges’ verdict.

Members are asked to cast their votes by midnight on Thursday, November 2. No votes cast after this deadline will be counted.

Only one vote per category

Votes should be emailed to: hwpavotes2017@hotmail.com

HWPA AWARDS – Photography Awards details, plus reminder that voting closes November 2

Posted by HWPA on October 29, 2017  |   No Comments »

The final shortlist has been drawn up for the Photography Awards at this year’s HWPA Derby Awards

The fours nominees for Photographer of the Year are Dan Abraham, Steven Cargill, Alan Crowhurst and Patrick McCann.

McCann also makes the shortlist for Picture of the Year alongside Edward Whitaker, Megan Ridgwell and Bill Selwyn.

The final four for each category was decided by an independent panel of three judges.

The Derby Awards take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Monday 4 December.

Tickets costing £95 can still be booked by emailing: hwpacontacts@gmail.com

Members are reminded that they only have a few more days to vote on the journalist and racing categories – up to Thursday, November 2. Nominees are listed on the HWPA website.

Votes can be can at hwpavotes2017@hotmail.com

HWPA Awards Lunch tickets on sale

Posted by HWPA on September 26, 2017  |   No Comments »

Tickets for this year’s glittering HWPA Awards Lunch, sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club on Monday 4 December, have gone on sale.

They remain competitively priced at £95 each for what is traditionally one of the most popular annual awards’ lunches of the racing year where excellence is recognised both on the track and within the media that covers it.

This year’s awards will again be staged at the newly refurbished Royal Lancaster Hotel in London’s West End and we hope to make the event as memorable as it has been in the past.

Bookings can be made by emailing your ticket request to hwpacontacts@gmail.com

Please include the number of tickets you require, your contact details, whether you require a purchase order or address for an invoice.

Payments should be made to the HWPA Bank A/C
Horserace Writers
Sort Code: 20-59-14
Account No: 80078751

Should you require a table for your guests at the pre-lunch drinks reception, this can be booked direct with the Royal Lancaster Hotel by contracting Event Administrator Debbie Hubbard (dhu@royallancaster.com)

We would please ask that you please tell us if you have booked a pre-lunch drinks table to help us cross-reference bookings.

I look forward to hearing from you

best wishes
Marcus Townend
President
Horserace Writers & Photographers Association