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The Best British Press Photos Of 2014

Take a look at the impressive shortlist for the UK Picture Editor’s Guild Awards 2014.

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The photos in our newspapers and news sites taken by eagle-eyed UK press photographers can change the course of an entire story.

From Ed Miliband eating that sandwich to anti-government protesters in Ukraine, the UK Picture Editors' Guild has recognised the nation’s photographic talent with this year’s shortlist of Britain’s best press pictures. Winners will be announced in February 2015.

News Photographer of the Year

Facundo Arrizabalaga, from European Pressphoto Agency


Former chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks arrives to the Old Bailey, Central Criminal Court in central London, 25 February 2014.

Jeff Mitchell, from Getty Images

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Eve Grayson, a reindeer herder of the Cairgorm Reindeer Herd, feeds the deer in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130. The herd roams on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 metres and stays above the tree line all year round, regardless of the weather conditions.

Richard Pohle, from The Times

Richard Pohle / The Times

A horse of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery rears up during their annual inspection parade in London's Regent Park. The Troop was inspected by Col Hugh Bodington, Chief of Staff of Headquarters London District, who announced that they were "fit to represent the nation".


Photo Essay of the Year

Matthew Cardy, from Getty Images

Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Normandy veteran Ken Scott, 98, who was an infantry sergeant with the Durham Light Infantry on Gold Beach on D-Day, looks at headstones in the cemetery following a service at Bayeux Cemetery during D-Day 70 commemorations on 6 June 2014 in Bayeux, France.

Souvid Datta, from The Guardian

Souvid Datta / The Guardian

Beneath the Pul-e Sukhta bridge in Western Kabul a group of Pakistani heroin addicts take refuge from the summer sun, huddled within a tent - smoking, injecting and sleeping in a putrid squalor. Pictured above are Emal, Rahim, Ajmal and Wahid (left to right) who have been sharing a tent for the past two weeks.

Chris Furlong, from Getty Images

Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

A piper plays a lament on Gold Beach as landing craft from the Royal Marines arrive at Arromanche on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France.


Jeff Mitchell, from Getty Images

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence Square on 20 February 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. The protesters were calling for the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.

Christie’s Arts and Entertainment Photographer of the Year

Joanne Davidson, from The Picture Library Ltd

Joanne Davidson/The Picture Library Ltd.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" Red Carpet at The Palais des Festivals during the 67th Cannes Film Festival, on 16 May 2014. Ukranian journalist, Vitalii Sediuk runs onto the red carpet and dives under America Ferrera's dress while the cast pose on the carpet, causing security to drag him off the carpet by his ankles.


Michael Marsland, from WireImage

Mike Marsland / WireImage

Chloe Grace Moretz and Juliette Binoche attend the "Clouds Of Sils Maria" photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2014 in Cannes, France.

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year

Jason Alden, from Bloomberg News / The Independent

Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, left, reacts as he speaks with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), during a panel session on day four of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday 25 January 2014.


Matthew Lloyd, from Bloomberg / freelancer

Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Freelance

No. 1 Canada Square stands surrounded by the offices of global financial institutions, including HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Barclays Plc, in this aerial photograph taken with a tilt-shift lens looking west along the River Thames towards the City of London from the Canary Wharf business and shopping district in London in London, UK.

Leon Neal, from Agence France-Presse


A painting entitled "The Feast of Absalom" by Dutch artist Matthias Stomer hangs above a gallery meeting area where art dealers discuss sales at the Frieze Masters Art Fair in north London.

Fixation Young Photographer bursary


Souvid Datta, from The Guardian

Souvid Datta / The Guardian

Afghan National Police officers from the Anti-Narcotics Quick Reaction Force (ANQRF) carry out a brutal stop and search scenario exercise intended for drug traffickers at a training centre in Kabul.

Alastair Johnstone, from South West News

Alastair Johnstone

Competitors compete in the annual Cheese Rolling event on Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire, England, on 26 May 2014. The event sees competitors race a round cheese down the steep slope, with the first person to the bottom being the winner.

Peter Summers, from South West News

Peter Summers / South West News

Wendy Malloy, 51, and Malcolm Malloy, 55, are pictured outside their home in Finstall, England. The couple have spent the last 13 years decorating their house with christmas lights and slowly built up the collection.


BT Sports Photographer of the Year

Adrian Dennis, from Agence France-Presse


Germany's Nelli Zhiganshina and Germany's Alexander Gazsi perform in the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance Short Dance at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on 8 February 2014.

Adrian Dennis, from Agence France-Presse


Jorge Lorenzo of Spain jumps high on the podium after winning the British motorcycle Grand Prix at Silverstone. At left is runner-up Marc Marquez and third placed Dani Pedrosa is at right.

Phil Noble, from Reuters

Phil Noble / Reuters

Kurt Roberts of the U.S. competes in the men's Shot Put during the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 11 July 2014.


Genesis Regional Photographer of the Year

Stuart Boulton, from the Northern Echo

Stuart Boulton / The Northern Echo

English Defence League supporters shout abuse at a group of Muslims during their march through Middlesbrough town centre, 28 June 2014.

James Hardisty, from Yorkshire Post Newspapers

Yorkshire Post Newspapers /James Hardisty

Student Laura Bradbeer, 20, from Bradford University looking at exhibits from "The Joy of Small Things", at The Leeds Museum Discovery Centre.


Charles McQuillan, from Getty Images

Charles McQuillan / Getty Images

Competitors came from all over Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Germany and the US to compete in the wacky race at Foymore Lodge, Portadown on 13 April 2014.

Getty Royal Photographer of the Year



Leon Neal, from Agence France-Presse


Prince Charles reacts to journalists as he watches teams of French, US, Canadian and British paratroopers jumping from aeroplanes during a D-Day commemoration in Ranville, northern France, on 5 June 2014, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.