A photographer who graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has scooped a top class award after being named Sports Photographer of the Year.
Simon Stacpoole’s accolade comes from by the acclaimed Picture Editors’ Guild.
His winning entry, a folio of five images that capture emotive images of sport away from its main stage, landed him the title of the leading sports photographer of 2014.
The awards were open to all photographers and recognise the best in photojournalism in the UK,
Entries are assessed in 10 different categories and judged by a group of picture editors representing a broad range of agencies and publications.
Simon, 31, has covered a variety of high profile sporting events around the world since he left university in 2005, including the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, the London 2012 Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the British Lions rugby tour and the Open Championship golf.
A graduate of the BA (Hons) Photography at UCLan, he now works as a freelance and collected his award at a ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters in London.
He said: “It was a fantastic evening, and an incredible honour to win such a prestigious award.
“To fend off competition from photographers associated with national newspapers as well as international wire agencies was an extraordinary achievement, and one I’m incredibly proud of.”
has covered a wide range of high profile sporting events since he left University in 2005 including the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, the London 2012 Olympics.