|While most of the night`s awards winners were being recognised for winning the
premier MSA British championships, Will Gray and Jakob Ebrey, the respective
recipients of the inaugural Renault MSA Young Journalist of the Year and
Young Photographer of the Year prizes, have earned their accolades through
their efforts in covering UK motor sport on the page and through the lens.
Gray, 25 and from Kettering, has made a name for himself working for
Collings Sports, one of the UK`s top sports media agencies, where he covers
both national and international racing and rallying for many of this
country`s top national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph. Ebrey, 25
from Macclesfield, has established himself as one of the UK`s most prolific
young motor sport photographers since starting out freelancing for local
newspapers, regularly supplying his images to all the top magazines
including both Autosport and Motorsport News. Both were unanimously selected
by a panel of media professionals chaired by Tim Jackson, director of press
and public relations at Renault UK.
"It`s an honour to have achieved this and I`m grateful for the help I`ve
been given along the way by everyone at Collings Sport," said Gray. "It`s
encouraging to see this award has been set up and I hope it continues to
grow in stature in the future."
An equally delighted Ebrey said, "I am extremely honoured to become the
first recipient of this award; it is great to know that young talent is
being recognised and also backed by the MSA and Renault."
Speaking on behalf of the MSA which set up this initiative in conjunction
with Renault UK, chief executive Colin Hilton said: "We are proud to
recognise British motor sport journalists and photographers as among the
finest in the world, alongside many other professions in UK motor sport
including drivers, designers, engineers, technicians, mechanics and
administrators. The MSA recognises the media is vital to the promotion of
our sport and we feel the establishment of these two new awards will provide
promising young talent with the right kind of encouragement, recognition and
support at a crucial time in their developing careers."
In addition to the accolade itself, the winners of the two awards will be
presented with a perpetual trophy and a cheque for £1000 to assist them in
their future development.
"Renault UK has been a major force in British motorsport for 30 years and
our national Formula Renault and Renault Clio programmes, which have helped
discover so many Grand Prix and touring car drivers, underline that
commitment," Tim Jackson commented. "As the most enthusiastic manufacturer
in UK motor sport, it seems fully appropriate that we are involved in this
important new media initiative set-up with the MSA."
The Renault MSA Young Journalist and Photographer awards for 2003 are
already open. Candidates must be published writers or photographers of UK
motor sport, aged 25 or under at the beginning of each calendar year. They
can come from the local, regional, specialist or electronic media and will
be required to submit a minimum of three published articles or photographs
from the UK media in that year for the judging panel to assess.
For more information: Deborah Tee or Tim Bampton at MPA Media Limited,
Imperial House, Imperial Way, London SW6 2AG. Telephone: 0207 384 8700;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com