Eamonn McCabe,the compare, started off photographing for local papers before freelancing for The Guardian and other national titles. He joined The Observer in 1976 and won Sports Photographer of The Year a record four times, covering three Olympics. In 1985 he was named News Photographer of The Year for his work at The Heysel Stadium disaster. In 1988 he joined The Guardian as Picture Editor, winning Picture Editor of the year a record six times. In 2001 he returned to freelancing, photographing mainly people in the arts for The Guardian but also other newspapers and magazines.
Has produced several books on photography and is a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society and at The National Museum of Film, Photography and TV. He holds an Hon. Prof at Thames Valley University, and Hon. Doctorates at the University of East Anglia and Staffordshire University. Eamonn appears regularly on radio and TV talking about photography and has exhibited widely in Britain. He has several pieces of work in The National Portrait Gallery collection, London.
Sophie Batterbury is Picture Editor of The Independent on Sunday. Her career in photojournalism began in The Independent darkroom in 1989, where a keen interest in photography became the passion that it is today. Since then she has had various roles across both Independent titles either side of a short stint at a celebrity agency. She is a contributing editor of ei8ht magazine and on the board of the Young Photographers Alliance.
Colin Jacobson is a picture editor and photojournalism lecturer. He began his illustrious photographic career as a picture researcher with the Sunday Times Magazine in the early 70s. He went on to work as a picture editor for several national publications including The Economist, The Observer Magazine and The Independent Magazine. Leaving full-time journalism in 1995, he became a visiting lecturer and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Journalism Studies at Cardiff University.
Colin has been on the jury of the World Press Photo Contest four times, including twice as chairman. In conjunction with the British Council and Reuter Foundation, Colin has participated in photojournalism workshops worldwide. He was the founder and editor of Reportage, a quarterly magazine of international photojournalism, which subsequently went online as an internet publication.
In 2002, he edited the book, Underexposed, which highlighted aspects of censorship, propaganda and spin in photography. He has also curated exhibitions at the Guardian Newsroom, the Getty Gallery in London and the University of Westminster. In 2008, he edited the book, Beyond the Moment: Irish Photojournalism in Our Time. Colin is currently Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London.