Motorsport UK announces Young Journalist & Photographer


Motorsport UK is delighted to announce that James Newbold and Michael Holden have won its Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year awards, respectively.

James and Michael will each receive a trophy and cheque for £1000 at the Motorsport UK Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in January. They also win a year’s provisional membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers (GoMW), the world’s largest association of automotive editorial professionals.

James, aged 24 from High Wycombe, is in his first year working full-time for Autosport as the editor of its bi-monthly Performance and Engineering supplements. The judges praised the high quality of his feature writing and his dedication to research. They also recognised the quality of his reporting, first at Le Mans and then most significantly in British GT.

"I'm absolutely thrilled,” James said. “This is the icing on the cake of a brilliant year for me in which I joined the staff of Autosport and got married. It has been my lifelong dream to forge a career in motorsport journalism, so I am enormously proud to see my name join a group of journalists that I greatly respect, many of whom I'm now fortunate enough to call friends and colleagues.”

Michael, aged 24 from Cheshire, was highly commended in last year’s competition and goes a step further this year. The judges noted the wide range of published work in his portfolio and praised the breadth of his skillset, covering action, atmosphere and portrait shots.

Michael said: “I’m blown away by the news. To win this competition has been a goal of mine for the last four years and to finally achieve it is amazing. I’m so excited for the future and my next steps as a photographer.”

Meanwhile Autosport's Alex Kalinauckas and freelancer Michael Widdowson were highly commended for their journalism and photography, respectively. Each wins a year’s provisional membership of the GoMW.

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