Split into two categories, the Barclays Photographer of the 20 Seasons will be judged on five images submitted with the winner receiving a Barclays award and £10,000 of photographic equipment. The Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons will be decided from the best single image submitted by each photographer. The winner will also receive a Barclays award together with £5,000 of photographic equipment.
The judging panel includes Kevin Wall, a Managing Director and Vice Chairman at Barclays; Steve Bates, Chairman of the Football Writers’ Association; Alan Sparrow, President of the Guild of Picture Editors; Martin Tyler, Sky Sports commentator; and Hamish Brown, celebrated sports photographer.
The winners of both categories will be announced in May 2012.
Below are the images on the shortlist...
Come and get it | Bradley Ormersher of The Times captures Cristiano Ronaldo in action
Sure shot | Tom Jenkins of the Guardian and Observer snaps a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty
Peek-a-boo | Duncan Ferguson battling with a Liverpool trio by Clive Brunskill of Getty Images
Dazed and confused | Robin Jones of Digital South snaps Chris Marsden after a collision
Flying high | David Ginola's flamboyance captured by Mark Leech of Offside Sports Photography
Mobbed | Craig Brough of Action Images snaps Steven Gerrard being swamped by fans
Majestic | Wayne Rooney's derby winner captured by Robin Parker of FotoSports
Stretched | Darren Walsh of Chelsea FC snaps Peter Schmeichel reaching for the ball
Double vision | Mike Hewitt of Getty Images captures Sunderland's beach ball-assisted goal
Ball watching | Robert Noyes of Pinnacle snaps Didier Drogba's chip over Boaz Myhill
Bright lights | Graham Chadwick of the Daily Mail captures a strike at Craven Cottage
Speculative | Tony O'Brien of Action Images captures David Beckham's halfway-line strike