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Mark Leech’s iconic shot of Brian Clough among Nottingham fans on the final day of the 1992/93 season.

Mark Leech’s iconic shot of Brian Clough among Nottingham fans on the final day of the 1992/93 season.

Barclays search for the best photographer and photograph of the last 20 Premier League seasons has come to a close.

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Photography has played a major role in the history of the Barclays Premier League, and has brought to life the most memorable moments of the past 20 seasons.
Kevin Wall, A Vice Chairman in Investment Banking, Barclays

Offside sports photographer Mark Leech has been named Barclays Photographer of the 20 Seasons, and Robin Parker of Fotosports International has won the award for Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons.

Photographer of the 20 Seasons award

With over 50 of the best professional football photographers submitting hundreds of pictures from all seasons of the Premier League, judges chose Mark Leech’s entry as the overall winner.

Mark submitted a portfolio of five images. These include an iconic shot of the legendary Brian Clough among Nottingham Forest fans on the final day of the 1992/93 season; shots of Arsenal’s Ian Wright competing for the ball with former Blackburn keeper Tim Flowers during the 1997/98 campaign; and a stunning shot of Spurs’ David Ginola attempting a spectacular overhead kick against Arsenal at White Hart Lane in December 1997.

Mark said: “Being chosen as the Barclays Photographer of the 20 Seasons is the proudest moment of my career.

“It has been a huge privilege to cover all 20 seasons of the most exciting league in the world; from the Brian Clough era to the dramatic final day of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season, and I’ve been fortunate enough to witness some of the most memorable moments.

“I’m very grateful for the continued support that Barclays shows for sports photographers like myself.”

Mark will receive an official Barclays award and £10,000 worth of photography equipment.

Shot of the 20 Seasons award

Robin Parker claimed the Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons award with a dramatic photograph showing Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney scoring the memorable overhead winner in his side’s 1-0 triumph over neighbours Manchester City in the 2010/11 season – a goal that was recently voted the best goal in the Premier League’s history.

Robin said: “I’m delighted to win the prestigious Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons award. For my photo to be chosen as the best shot in the history of the league is very humbling, and something I will cherish for the rest of my career.

“It was an iconic moment, and one that was seen all over the world, so to capture it in the way that I did was extremely satisfying.”

Robin will receive £5,000 of photography equipment in addition to his Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons award.

The two winners were chosen by a judging panel which included Kevin Wall, a Vice Chairman in Investment Banking, Barclays; Steve Bates, Chairman of the Football Writers’ Association; Alan Sparrow, President of the Guild of Picture Editors; Martin Tyler, Sky Sports commentator; and Hamish Brown, a celebrated sport, music and celebrity photographer.

Kevin Wall concluded: “Photography has played a major role in the history of the Barclays Premier League, and has brought to life the most memorable moments of the past 20 seasons.

“It has been a privilege to judge some of the most outstanding football photographs by the best photographers in the business, and I’d like to pass on my congratulations to both Mark and Robin on their awards.”

The Barclays Photographer and Shot of the 20 Premier League Seasons competition aims to honour the best photographer and individual shot since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

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