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Friday 15 June 2012

Photo of Rooney goal wins Barclays award

Robin Parker shot wins accolade, while Mark Leech takes prize for Best Photographer

Robin Parker's shot of Wayne Rooney's overhead kick has been rewarded by Barclays

Robin Parker's photograph of Wayne Rooney scoring his spectacular overhead kick for Manchester United against Manchester City has won the Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons Award.

Mr Parker, of Fotosports International, captured the image of the sensational goal from the 2010/11 season - a goal that was voted Best Goal during the Premier League’s 20 Seasons Awards.

"It was an iconic moment... to capture it in the way that I did was extremely satisfying"
- Robin Parker

He said: "For my photo to be chosen as the best shot in the history of the League is very humbling, and something I will cherish for the rest of my career.

"It was an iconic moment, and one that was seen all over the world, so to capture it in the way that I did was extremely satisfying."

Mark Leech of Offside Sports has won the Barclays Photographer of the 20 Seasons award.

More than 50 of the best professional football photographers submitted hundreds of pictures from all seasons of the Premier League and the judges decided that Mr Leech's entry was the overall winner.

His portfolio of five images from the past 20 seasons includes an iconic shot of legendary manager Brian Clough among the Nottingham Forest fans on the final day of the 1992/93 season.

There are also photos of Arsenal's Ian Wright competing for the ball with former Blackburn keeper Tim Flowers during the 1997/98 campaign, and a stunning shot of Spurs' David Ginola attempting a spectacular overhead kick against Arsenal in December 1997.

"It has been a huge privilege to cover all 20 seasons of the most exciting League in the world, from the Brian Clough era to the dramatic final day of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season," said Mr Leech.

"It has been a privilege to cover all 20 seasons of the most exciting League in the world"
- Mark Leech

"I've been fortunate enough to witness some of the most memorable moments. I'm very grateful for the continued support that Barclays shows for sports photographers like myself."

The judging panel included Kevin Wall, a Vice Chairman in Investment Banking, 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 sport, music and celebrity photographer.

Kevin Wall of Barclays said: "Photography has played a major role in the history of the Barclays Premier League, and has brought to life the most memorable moments of the past 20 seasons."

Mark Leech receives an official Barclays award and £10,000 worth of photographic equipment, whilst Robin Parker receives £5,000 of photographic equipment in addition to his Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons award.

Images from the Barclays Photographer of the 20 Seasons Awards will be on display at the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June.

It is a ticket only event and you can register for free tickets here >

See Mark's five outstanding photographs from Premier League history >>

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Key Points

  • Robin Parker's photo of Wayne Rooney wins Barclays Shot of the 20 Seasons award
  • Mark Leech wins Barclays Photographer of the 20 Seasons award
  • Winners chosen from Barclays shortlist