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.

UK Picture
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.