JOHN Downing

Photographer

AWARDS

1977

British Press Photographer of the Year

1979

British Press Photographer of the Year

1980

British Press Photographer of the Year

1981

British Press Photographer of the Year

1984

British Press Photographer of the Year

1988

British Press Photographer of the Year

1989

British Press Photographer of the Year

1992

Honoured with an MBE for Services to Journalism

2001

Lifetime Achievement Award - only the 2nd time ever awarded from the Picture Editors Guild

2011

Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society

Other Awards...

1971

Press Picture of the Year

1972

World Press Photo Competition, runner-up

1978

Photokina Gold Medal

1978

World Press Photo Competition, runner-up

1990

United Nations Gold Medal

1990

Royal Newspaper Photographer of the Year

1991

Kodak Press Awards, runner-up in both News and Feature sections

1992

Kodak Press Awards, overall winner

1994

 International Photographer of the Year

1997

British Press Photographer of the Year, runner-up

1998

British Press Photographer of the Year, runner-up

2001

  British Airways London Eye Competition, winner

2001

Finalist Press Gazette Photographer of the Year

CAREER

1973 - 1995

WARS

John covered most major wars, including Vietnam, East Pakistan/Bangladesh, Rhodesia, Beirut, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Croatia, and over a dozen visits to Bosnia.

October 1984

BRIGHTON BOMB

He was the only photographer inside the Grand Hotel, Brighton, when the IRA bomb exploded in a failed attempt to kill PM Margaret Thatcher, leading to world exclusive photographs.

August 1972

UGANDA

He was beaten and imprisoned in Kampala by the regime of Idi Amin. The Daily Express described its front-page headline as, 'World exclusive pictures taken inside the black hole of Kampala'.

1990

CHERNOBYL

Together with writer Kim Willsher, John was one of the first journalists to visit Chernobyl after the nuclear explosion.

February 1984

DANGER

As an assignment, he hitchhiked on lorries along the 'Road of Death' across Central America.

1971-1987

LIVING ROUGH

He lived for many weeks with Guerrilla fighters in several wars; the Anyanya in Southern Sudan, the Contras in Nicaragua, and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

1984

BPPA

He founded the Press Photographers Association and was voted the first President.  It is now flourishing as the British Press Photographers' Association.

2001

RETIREMENT

He retired from the Daily Express as Chief Photographer (since 1985) to pursue a freelance career.

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