Entries by Marcus Townend

2020 Derby Awards – The complete list of nominees

The complete list of nominations for the 2020 Derby Awards, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club,  has been finalised after a decisions by panels of judges and votes from the HWPA membership. The winners will be announced on special Derby Awards programme on Sky Sports Racing broadcast on Thursday 10 December. Racing Writer of […]

HWPA members are invited to cast their vote for 2020 Derby Awards

HWPA members are invited to cast their vote for 2020 Derby Awards in the following categories The categories are: Racing Writer of the Year David Carr – examples of work can be found here David Jennings – examples of work can be found here Peter Thomas – examples of work can be found here Jonathan […]

Derby Awards – 2020

The decision has been made by the HWPA that the 2020 Derby Awards will not be staged as a physical event. The current situation and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has made it impossible to plan with any clarity and the Committee were not prepared to make financial commitments given that uncertainty. The Derby Awards are a […]

Racecourse media slots available w/c Monday 29 June

Racecourse media slots availablew/c Monday 29 June The BHA and RCA have agreed that the two media slots currently allowed at each meeting can now be opened up should the Press Association and Racing Post not be represented at the meeting. The slots available next week are: Yarmouth (Monday 29th) 1 x slot freeWindsor (Monday 29th) 1 x […]

Access to Resumption Pool for RCA accredited Photographers

PHOTOGRAPHER – POOL ACCESSPress Photo Pool Application If you wish to apply to have access to the “behind closed doors” photo pool, please complete the following form and return to francesca.altoft@gmail.com This pool is to allow photographers to fulfil pre-existing photo contracts. Please note: Photos within the pool are to be used for press use only, […]

Photographer Information – Racing Resumption

Photographers’ Information for theResumption of Racing Behind Closed Doors At all stages during the thought process for the way in which racecourse photography will work when racing resumes behind closed doors, the HWPA, RCA and BHA have been in regularly consultation. We have kept photographers as up to date as possible as suggested guidelines have […]

COVID-19 – media arrangement update

The HWPA is aware that members are waiting for information on what will be happening when racing hopefully returns on June 1 and are also anxious for updates. With the naming of a date for the sport to re-start, more focus is now being placed on wider operational measures. RCA executives held a video meeting […]

COVID-19: Return to racing planning

We are approaching the time when hopefully it looks like there should be some movement towards the sport getting back under way in some form. It is the HWPA’s intention to keep you as informed as possible with what we understand is happening within our section of the racing world. The HWPA has had initial […]

HWPA: Racing Welfare support for members

HWPA members are part of the racing community and eligible for help from Racing Welfare. The charity has reiterated that they are there to try to offer support where they can. Clearly, for many HWPA members, especially freelancers and the self-employed, this will relate to financial hardship specifically. But Racing Welfare also can offer advice […]