he PA information company’s Jane Barlow has grow to be the primary photographer to win the coveted journalist of the yr award on the Scottish Press Awards for her “shifting” final public photos of the Queen earlier than her demise.
Ms Barlow, who additionally received information photographer of the yr on the forty fourth annual awards, was praised by judges for her “beautiful” portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Scotland-based photographer, 46, stated: “I’m simply in complete shock. I imagine that is the primary time a photographer has received the award.
“I used to be actually speechless. Photographers don’t typically get recognised as journalists so I’m actually completely satisfied to have received.”
The picture of the late Queen, stood beside a lit fireplace whereas holding a strolling stick, together with the second of the Queen assembly Liz Truss within the drawing room at Balmoral, have been all the time going to go down in historical past because the second a brand new authorities was formally fashioned.
However the photos took on a brand new significance when, simply days later, Queen Elizabeth II died, making them the ultimate photos of Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
Richard Neville, the previous head of stories manufacturers at DC Thomson and now founding director of Neville Robertson Communications, stated: “It’s straightforward to neglect that journalism isn’t just about phrases however every part which matches into creating and conveying a narrative and this journalist was readily available to doc for posterity the ultimate act of a really extraordinary life which got here to outline the lifetime of the UK.
“Her beautiful and shifting portrait of the late Queen advised a narrative it will take lots of of phrases to inform and the way it took place grew to become a narrative in itself.
“Jane’s work had affect not simply throughout Scotland however proper all over the world.”
John McLellan, director of the Scottish Newspaper Society, stated: “Jane Barlow’s portrait of the Queen was a exceptional picture even earlier than we knew it was to be Her Majesty’s final, and I’m completely delighted Jane has acquired such an accolade for capturing a second in nationwide historical past with such a shifting, human picture.”
Different winners on the awards included the Scottish Day by day Mail, which received newspaper of the yr and journalism staff of the yr.
The Sunday Put up received Sunday newspaper of the yr for the second yr operating.
In complete 35 awards have been handed out on Wednesday, considered one of which was given to Richard Walker.
Mr Walker received the lifetime achievement award, with the previous Sunday Herald editor and founding father of pro-independence title The Nationwide being given his award by First Minister Humza Yousaf.