The Press Association snapper was voted the best of last season for a portfolio of shots that included Wayne Rooney's spectacular overhead kick against Manchester CityMartin Ricketts has won the Barclays Photographer of the Season award for the 2010/11 season after submitting a portfolio which contained stills of some of the most iconic moments in the season.
Shots capturing moments such as Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick in the Manchester derby last February and Carlos Tevez with the ball at his feet surrounded by Everton players clinched the award and £10,000 worth of Photographic equipment for the Press Association photographer
Ricketts said: “It’s a huge honour to be chosen as the Barclays Photographer of the Season. I covered some great moments in the Barclays Premier League last season and hoped that my portfolio would reflect that, so it’s amazing to win. I’m very grateful for the continued support that Barclays shows for sports photographers like myself.”
The Sun’s Richard Pelham also won the award of Barclays Shot of the Season award, claiming £5,000 worth of professional equipment.
His winning picture illustrated Tottenham’s Heurelho Gomes attempting to make a last gasp effort to stop Frank Lampard’s shot creep over the line, which handed Chelsea the 2-1 victory.
Pelham commented on his photo: “I’m delighted to win the Barclays Shot of the Season award - it's regarded as one of the most important awards you can win as a football photographer. Time seemed to slow down as Gomes lunged back to stop the ball from crossing the line, and I was really pleased to get a shot which captured the moment so well.”
The winning shots are below.
Rough and tumble | Blackpool players celebrate a goal at Old Trafford
Goal! | Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates among fans
Crowded out | Carlos Tevez is closely watched by Everton defenders
Les Dance! | Joleon Lescott celebrates a goal against Tottenham
Walk the line | Pelham's snap of Gomes won Shot of the Season