2016 Other Guests

Sophie Batterbury

SophieBatteburySophie Batterbury is currently Head of Pictures at Independent Newspapers where her responsibilities cover The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and ‘I’ . Her career in photojournalism began in The Independent darkroom the week the Berlin Wall came down. Ever since that momentous week the newsroom has held her

attention in one way or another. Over the years she has held various roles across all Independent titles. She is very honoured to have been made a Fellow of the R

PS in 2015 and is often asked to judge professional competitions. Most recently PPAI awards in Dublin and Chair of Judges for the Picture Editors Guild Awards.


Mark Cleghorn Portraits in Studio 2014Mark Cleghorn is a photographer with a distinctive style; his images have won hundreds of awards including the Kodak European Gold Award 17 times. His work has been acknowledged by the photographic industry who awarded him 4 Fellowships for his outstanding images. Since 1992 he has influenced photographers across the world setting new trends and techniques and was one of the first to fully embrace digital. He now spends most of his time as the Training Director of Europe’s largest online training company for photographers, The Photographer Academy.

Mark is a bestselling author and has written books on portrait and wedding photography as well as Digital and Lighting, he has judged photographers work all over the world and is still considered to be one of the major influences of style and technique in the wedding and portrait industry today. Most importantly he is still a working photographer and his portraits hang in thousands of homes around the world bringing a smile across generations and a memory of a time never to be forgotten.

His Books Include:-

All About Flash Portrait Photography – The Secrets of Posing and Lighting

Complete Guide To Light

Wedding Photography- The Complete Guide

Photoshop In A Weekend

Start Taking Great Family Portraits

Monkey Business – The Photographers Manual Part 1

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.

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.