AP photographer Matt Dunham wins first prize in the royalty and entertainment section of the Press Photographer's Year 2011

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Associated Press (AP) photographer Matt Dunham has won the first prize in the royalty and entertainment section of the Press Photographer’s Year Award 2011 for his impromptu image of HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when their car was attacked and damaged by demonstrators in the heart of London late last year. Dunham’s winning photo is currently on display in an exhibition at the National Theatre, London. The exhibition is free to visitors.

Press release:

Famous Charles and Camilla picture earns Associated Press photographer a Press Photographer’s Year for 2011 prize

LONDON - Associated Press (AP) photographer Matt Dunham has won first prize in the royalty and entertainment section of the Press Photographer’s Year Award for his famous Charles and Camilla picture, taken as the royal couple got caught up in demonstrations on their way to the theatre in central London. HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s car was surrounded by crowds as police clashed with demonstrators last December. At the time, protests were at a high against coalition government cuts and controversial plans to triple university tuition fees in England.

AP Regional Photo Editor for Europe and Africa Tony Hicks said: “Matt Dunham is one of the outstanding press photographers of his generation. This award-winning image is testament to his news judgment and versatility. After filing photos of demonstrations in Parliament Square, Matt decided to follow a group of people he believed were intent on causing trouble. Seeing the group crowd around a large vehicle, in which he realised the royal couple was traveling, he had seconds to fire off five frames. AP used all of the images. This is an example of how following instincts in reporting can pay dividends.”

Out of nearly 8,000 entries, Dunham’s photo was one of 15 pictures selected for the Press Photographer’s Year Award. Some 136 images are being showcased in an exhibition at the National Theatre from Monday, 18 July to Sunday, 4 September.

The website of the Associated Press can be found here. Details of the exhibition at the National Theatre, can be found here.

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