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The Photography News 2019 Awards

Posted on Nov 29, 2019

We want your votes – it’s free to enter, and you could win a prize!

We photographers have never had it so good, and it’s fair to say we’re spoilt rotten when it comes to kit available for producing great pictures and videos. This is your chance to celebrate and recognise your favourite of that gear.

Cast your vote here!

You might not think about it very often, but it is easy to take great cameras, pin-sharp lenses and brilliant lighting kit for granted. Yet without all this fabulous gear, taking and making stunning photographs might not be the pleasure that it is – and that is what these awards are all about.

We launched the PN Awards to highlight the wonderful kit we have at our disposal, and it’s a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all those clever people who work hard at creating, innovating and making the gear we spend an awful lot of money on.

We’ve shortlisted items in all of the product categories, and then you get the chance to pick what you think deserves to win. Voting is done online and it’s free – you don’t even have to register to vote. The only categories where we haven’t done any shortlisting are in the service categories, such as Best Retailer – in those you nominate who you think deserves to win. (Where there may be more than one store, please nominate the name of the store group and the individual shop, please.)

Go to to cast your vote, follow the ‘Awards’ link and complete the voting form. You can vote in every category, but if you prefer to vote for just a few categories that is perfectly fine, too. It’s entirely up to you – and thank you in advance for your support.


Vote and win

Everyone who votes in the PN Awards and fills in their details will be put into a random prize draw after the voting ends on 19 February 2020. The prizes are as stated and no alternative or cash will be offered. For more details of the prizes, please go to the Intro 2020 website.


1st prize

Samyang 18mm f/2.8 lens Sony FE fit

Worth £349

Setting new standards in wide-angle lenses, Samyang’s latest lens weighs in at a mere 145g yet gives a field of view of 100° on Sony full-frame cameras. Its wide view makes it ideal for travel, confined interiors and street work. It boasts a nine element in eight group lens design for optimal image quality, and uses a linear stepper motor for smooth and precise autofocusing.


2nd prize

Cokin Z-Pro Expert Kit

Worth £270

For the second name drawn at random the reward is this comprehensive filter kit from leading creative filter brand Cokin. The kit contains the Z-Pro filter holder, four adapter rings (67, 72, 77 and 82mm) and three essential filters: ND4, 2EV neutral density hard graduate, and 3EV neutral density hard graduate. It’s a great kit to get you on the way to excellent filter photography.


3rd prize

Crumpler Creator’s Algorithm backpack

Worth £159

Top bag brand Crumpler is a renowned expert at successfully combining style, functionality and usability, and its Creator’s Algorithm backpack is typical. It will take a pro DSLR with three lenses, flashgun and accessories plus a 13in laptop, and there are fittings for a tripod, too. To cope with adverse conditions the bottom is reinforced and waterproofed.


4th prize

Velbon UT-3AR tripod

Worth £85

The Velbon UT-3AR tripod comes with a ball and socket head, and this lightweight combination is solid enough to give 3kg of camera kit stable support. It fully extends to reach 1.35m and the five section legs feature Velbon’s ultra-fast twist locking system. For low-level shooting the centre column can be removed and inverted.


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