Fenland photographer Adam Fairbrother is in the running to win a national competition with an image of the Duchess of Cambridge

Christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandrigham

Christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandrigham - Credit: Archant

A picture of the Duchess of Cambridge holding baby Princess Charlotte at her christening has earned a place in the final of a national competition for Fenland photographer Adam Fairbrother.

Adam’s shot taken at the christening at Sandringham Church has been shortlisted for the News Media Association’s (NMA) Royal Rota photography competition after a public vote.

The week-long vote was held to find the best of 48 showcased photographs from national and local newspapers, agencies and freelance photographers.

The vote closed at 5pm last Wednesday and Adam’s picture was one of three to win the most votes in the best regional/local newspaper category.

His image of the Duchess looking lovingly at her daughter will now be judged alongside the other two images voted for by the public in the category: a picture of the Duchess playing hockey at her former pre school in Berkshire and a photo of the Prince of Wales at a cheese factory in Yorkshire.

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Adam said: “I would like to thank everyone who voted for my photograph. Of course the Duchess is very photogenic so it is not hard to get a good picture of her, but I was lucky enough to capture this image which clearly shows her love for her baby.”

The new competition has been launched by the NMA to promote the outstanding work of photographers in the UK news media and the NMA’s media facilities services for members.

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The NMA manages the Royal Rota on behalf of its members, allocating passes for the hundreds of royal engagements undertaken by members of the Royal family each year and ensuring that the material is pooled among members.

The winners, to be announced at the end of the month, will scoop a prize of vouchers for photography equipment.

There are three categories. The other two are best national newspaper rota photo and best picture agency rota photo.

The judging panel is:

•Nigel Atherton, Group Editor of the IPC Media photography portfolio (including Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Photo Technique)

•Paul Jarrett, Wire Photo Agencies secretary

•Jeff Moore, The British Press Photographers’ Association chairman

•Lynne Anderson, NMA deputy chief executive

To see all the shortlisted images visit: www.newsmediauk.org/Latest/shortlist-announced-for-royal-rota-photography-competition

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