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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