Guild members win big at 2019 Newspress Awards

Guild members had a successful evening at the 2019 Newspress Awards, which were presented yesterday. Of the 15 awards made to individual journalists, Guild members won nine and were highly commended in two more.

Nick Gibbs followed up his win in the Guild/Prova PR Business Writer of the Year late last year by winning the Automotive Business Journalist award.

Automotive Editor of the Year was awarded to AutoTrader’s Erin Baker and in the Automotive Feature Writer category, Top Gear’s Paul Horrell was highly commended.

Jack Carfrae took the Automotive News Writer award, while the new Motorsport Writer category was dominated by Guild members – Maurice Hamilton winning with James Taylor highly commended. James won the Road Tester of the Year award, to add to his Guild/BCA Feature Writer of the Year commendation in 2018.

David Burgess-Wise took the Classic Car Journalist award and Darren Liggett was awarded the Automotive Regional Journalist prize, while Mike Rutherford was highly commended in the Automotive Columnist category and Paul Horrell highly commended in the Automotive Feature Writer award.

Jayson Fong collected top honours for the Automotive Photographer category after receiving a commendation for his work in the Photographer of the Year category of the 2018 Guild Awards.

In addition to the individual awards, publications featuring Guild members’ work were also given awards for achievement. Autovolt, edited by Guild member Jonathan Musk, won the award for best consumer publication. Paul Horrell’s contributions helped to the Automotive Website award and Lem Bingley was on hand as part of the Car Design News team which received the Automotive Business Publication award.

The evening was completed with a Lifetime Achievement Award for former Daily Star motoring journalist George Fowler, who launches a new motoring project soon.

“Guild members featured in the shortlist for every category in the 2019 Newspress Awards,” said chairman Richard Aucock. “It’s a delight to see so many of them go on to win. Our members are professionals, and such overwhelming success in these latest industry awards shows how the industry is recognising Guild members as some of the best of the best.”

“It was also touching to see long-time Guild member George Fowler recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award. All of us are looking forward to what’s in store for him now!”