Entries open for MSA Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year awards

The 2017 MSA Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year awards are open to entries from promising young members of the motorsport media aged 30 and under.

Established in 2002, the awards are designed to encourage the new generation of reporters and photographers working within UK motorsport. An expert panel will consider the applications, and each winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 at the MSA’s Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in January.

Autosport and Motorsport News journalist Jack Benyon, MSA Young Journalist of the Year 2016, said: “I was honoured to even be considered for last year's MSA Young Journalist of the Year Award, let alone be crowned the winner and it still hasn't truly sunk in. I'm still trying to become the best journalist I can be, but winning the award was incredibly motivational on my path towards that, and only served to redouble my efforts towards improving in the 2017 season and living up to the names that already adorn the award, some of which I'm lucky enough to call colleagues.”

Freelance photographer Dan Bathie, MSA Young Photographer of the Year 2016, said: “It was always a goal of mine to win the MSA Young photographer of the Year award, so to achieve it last year meant so much to me. Since then it has really helped my career in photography. Not long after the results were announced I had a call from Porsche asking if I wanted to cover the Carrera Cup GB as they had seen my work from the awards and thought I'd be a good fit for the championship. I also got to attend the F1 British Grand Prix as an MSA pool photographer, so overall it’s been an amazing learning experience.”

Candidates must have been aged 30 or under on 1 January 2017. They must be able to demonstrate published work involving UK motorsport and are required to submit a minimum of three published articles or five photographs from 2016. Outlets can be specialist or general, national or regional, and online or offline.

Application forms are available on the MSA website at www.msauk.org/awards and entries must be received by the MSA no later than 6 November 2017.

Previous winners:

2016
Journalist: Jack Benyon, Autosport
Photographer: Dan Bathie, freelance

2015
Journalist: Scott Mitchell, Autosport
Photographer: Jayson Fong, freelance

2014
Journalist: Scott Mitchell, Autosport
Photographer: Adam Pigott, freelance

2013
Journalist: Alex Harmer, Motor Sport
Photographer: Tom Loomes, freelance

2012
Journalist: Jason Craig, Coleraine Chronicle
Photographer: Nick Dungan, freelance

2011
Journalist: Dan McCalla, Motorsport News
Photographer: Dominic Romney, freelance

2010
Journalist: Rob Ladbrook, Motorsport News
Photographer: William Neill, freelance

2009
Journalist: Ben Anderson, Autosport
Photographer: Dominic Romney, freelance

2008
Journalist: Ed Foster, Motor Sport
Photographer: Drew Gibson, LAT

2007
Journalist: Steven English, Autosport
Photographer: Drew Gibson, LAT

2006
Journalist: Kevin Turner, Autosport
Photographer: Michael Hoyer, freelance

2005
Journalist: Glenn Freeman, Motorsport News
Photographer: Gavin Ireland, Racecar Engineering

2004
Journalist: Gemma Briggs, Racecar/Haymarket
Photographer: Glenn Dunbar, LAT

2003
Journalist: Tim Redmayne, Motorsport News
Photographer: Jonathan MacDonald, Pacenotes

2002
Journalist: Will Gray, Collings Sport
Photographer: Jakob Ebrey, Jakob Ebrey Photographic