The search for outstanding British photographers is soon to get underway as the UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards opens entries for 2013.

From July 17,

professional photographers will be submitting their best images of everything

that’s happened in the past year in a bid to win the coveted title of SABMiller

Photographer of the Year.

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Editors’ Guild Chairman Alan Sparrow said, ‘The past year has produced a wealth

of stores at home and abroad – from sporting feats at Wimbledon to legendary

performances at Glastonbury. We’ve witnessed uprisings in Egypt, a new Pope in

Rome and there’s a Royal baby on the way too. With such rich content to

capture, we anticipate another highly competitive year.’

Categories

include News, Business, Fashion and Sports photography, as well as videography

and photo essays. From these categories, the ultimate winner will be selected.

Last year the

top prize was scooped by freelance photographer Jason Howe, for his photo essay

on the war in Afghanistan. Other winners included Getty photographer Dan

Kitwood for his coverage of the London Riots.

The competition

also includes the BT Citizen Photographer of the Year prize. This award is free to enter and open to

all members of the public. Last year it was won by Dr Kannan Arthreya for his

image taken during the Olympics.

This year’s

host BBC presenter Kate Silverton said, ‘As a journalist I know how important

visuals are to bring a story to life. We’ll be looking for images that tell a

story or capture a moment in time, in a way words sometimes cannot.’

The charge for

entry to the main competition is £20, and entered images must have been taken

between July 17 2012 and July 16 2013. The final submission deadline is

September 1 2013. For full details, visit www.pictureeditorsguildawards.co.uk.