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The 2020 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards winners

Clive Mason, Jonathan Liew, Sky Sports and The Telegraph were the big winners on a very different night at the 2020 British Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by The National Lottery and Canon.

Mason, from Getty Images, won the Ed Lacey Trophy for SJA Sports Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Canon, and also took the Sports Picture of the Year and Specialist Sports Portfolio awards.

The Guardian’s Liew, 2018 Sports Columnist, was named Sports Writer of the Year and receives the John Bromley Trophy.

ITV’s Steve Scott was awarded Broadcast Journalist of the Year and showed his versatility by also taking the Sports News Reporter accolade in the writing section.

The SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year title went to The Daily Telegraph for a second year in succession. The Sports Network of the Year award was won by Sky Sports.

Peter Drury of Premier League Productions was named Sports Commentator of 2020 while the coveted Sports Presenter category was won by Laura Woods of talkSPORT.

The Sports Pundit award – which went to former cricketer Michael Holding – was chosen by SJA members from the judges’ shortlist.

Traditionally there would have been more than 600 guests at a gala dinner in central London, hosted by Jim Rosenthal. Jim was still very much at the centre of our virtual awards night, which saw the crème-de-la-crème in sports photography, broadcast and writing recognised.


SJA Sports Writer of the Year (The John Bromley Trophy) Jonathan Liew – The Guardian

SJA Sports Photographer of the Year (Ed Lacey Trophy), sponsored by Clive Mason – Getty Images

SJA Broadcast Journalist of the Year Steve Scott (ITV)

SJA Sports Network of the Year Sky Sports

SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year The Telegraph


Digital Publisher Winner: CNN Sport Silver: The Telegraph Bronze: The Athletic UK

Cricket Journalist Winner: Nick Hoult – The Telegraph Silver: Mike Atherton – The Times Bronze: Ali Martin – The Guardian

Football Journalist Winner: Sam Wallace – The Telegraph Silver: Daniel Taylor – The Athletic UK Bronze: Henry Winter – The Times

Rugby Journalist Winner: Nik Simon – The Mail on Sunday Silver: Daniel Schofield The Telegraph Bronze: Stephen Jones – The Sunday Times

Special Sports Edition Winner: George Floyd 100 Days On: How Sport Has Fought For Change – Sky Sports Silver: Women’s Sport Monthly – The Telegraph Bronze: Shutdown – The Telegraph

Specialist Correspondent Winner: Matt Christie – Boxing News Silver: Jonathan McEvoy – The Daily Mail Bronze: Nick Hope – BBC Sport

Sports Feature Writer Winner: Andy Bull – The Guardian and The Observer Silver: Daniel Taylor – The Athletic UK Bronze: Riath Al-Samarrai – The Daily Mail

Sports Scoop Winner: Project big picture – Sam Wallace – The Telegraph Silver: Rugby’s dementia crisis – Andy Bull & Michael Aylwin – The Guardian Bronze: Stars allege abuse at heart of British Gymnastics – Steve Scott – ITV News

Sports Columnist Winner: Matt Dickinson – The Times Silver: Mike Atherton – The Times Bronze: David Walsh – The Sunday Times

Sports News Reporter Winner: Steve Scott – ITV News Silver: David Conn – The Guardian Bronze: Jeremy Wilson – The Telegraph

Young Sports Journalist (Ian Wooldridge Award) Winner: Katie Whyatt – The Athletic UK Silver: Tom Kershaw – The Independent Bronze: Chloe Merrell – GiveMeSport Women

Regional Journalist Winner: Jon Colman – News & Star / The Cumberland News Silver: Neil Allen – Portsmouth News Bronze: Steven Chicken – Huddersfield Examiner and Yorkshire Live


Football Portfolio Winner: Michael Regan – Getty Images Silver: Alex Livesey – Getty Images Bronze: Matt McNulty – Manchester City FC

Specialist Sports Portfolio Winner: Clive Mason – Getty Images Silver: Clive Brunskill – Getty Images Bronze: David Davies – PA Media

Canon Sports Portfolio Winner: Michael Steele – Getty Images Silver: Alex Livesey – Getty Images Bronze: Julian Finney – Getty Images

Sports Picture Winner: Clive Mason – Getty Images Silver: Bradley Ormesher – The Times Bronze: Michael Steele – Getty Images

Away from the Action Winner: Tom Jenkins – The Guardian Silver: Marc Aspland – The Times Bronze: Edward Whitaker – Racing Post

Young Sports Photographer Winner: Harry Murphy – Sportsfile Silver: Molly Darlington – Reuters/Action Images Bronze: Chloe Knott – Danehouse Photography


Sports Network Winner: Sky Sports Silver: talkSPORT Bronze: BT Sport

Broadcast Journalist Winner: Steve Scott – ITV News Silver: Sally Nugent – BBC Breakfast / BBC Sport Bronze: Sonja McLaughlan – BBC Sport

Sports Commentator Winner: Peter Drury – Premier League Productions Silver: John Hunt – BBC Radio 5 Live Bronze: Nick Mullins – ITV Sport

Sports Presenter Winner: Laura Woods – talkSPORT Silver: Isa Guha – Whisper Silver: Mark Chapman – BBC Radio 5 Live

Sports Pundit Winner: Michael Holding – Sky Sports Silver: Micah Richards – BBC Radio 5 Live Bronze: Ebony Rainford-Brent – BBC Radio 5 Live

Audio / Radio Documentary Winner: Klopp’s journey: Black Forest hills to Anfield thrills – BBC Sports News Silver: The Everything is Black and White Podcast – Chronicle Live / Reach PLC Bronze: Coming In From The Cold – talkSPORT / Unedited Stories

Audio / Radio Live Winner: England’s Cricket Tour of the Rainbow Nation – talkSPORT Silver: 5 Live Sport – End of Championship Season – BBC Radio 5 Live Bronze: Wilder v Fury II – talkSPORT

Audio / Radio Show Winner: That Peter Crouch Podcast – BBC Radio 5 Live Silver: White & Jordan – talkSPORT Bronze: GameDay Exclusive – talkSPORT

Television / Digital Documentary Winner: Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me – Wonder TV Silver: Greavsie – BT Sport Bronze: Rob Burrow: My Year with MND – BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast

Television / Digital Live Event Coverage Winner: England v West Indies: Black Lives Matter – Sky Sports Silver: Royal Ascot – ITV Sport Bronze: Live Premier League Football Returns – Sunset+Vine

Television / Digital Show Winner: The NFL Show – Whisper Silver: Ski Sunday – BBC Sport Bronze: The Ashes: Live Watch-along – Sky Sports Bronze: C4 Formula One Highlights: Russian Grand Prix – Whisper

One to watch – On Air Winner: Jaydee Dyer – Sky Sports Silver: Billy Monger – Whisper Bronze: Austin Halewood – BBC Sports News

One to watch – Off Air Winner: Danyal Khan – Sky Sports Silver: George Cottam – BBC Radio 5 Live Bronze: Ed Higgs – Sky Sports

Doug Gardner Award Janine Self


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