Stephen Lickorish and Matt Sayle have been named the MSA Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year respectively and will each receive a trophy and £1000 at the MSA Night of Champions on 27 January.
Established 15 years ago, the awards are designed to recognise the most promising British motor sport journalists and photographers aged 30 and under.
Lickorish, aged 24 from Milton Keynes, impressed the judges with a high quality selection of original news and features. The panel also noted his impressive handling of sensitive stories during his first full year on the national desk of Motorsport News and Autosport.
Lickorish said: “It’s a massive honour to have won this award. I’m fortunate to have worked alongside a number of the previous winners and it's incredible to follow in their footsteps. I can't thank my colleagues enough for their support over the past year, especially Jack Benyon, the 2016 winner, and Matt Beer, who does such great work with the Autosport Academy. I’m now looking forward to continuing to develop as a journalist over the next 12 months.”
Sayle, aged 26 from Cheshire, was Highly Commended by the judges last year and goes a step further in 2017. The panel praised his ability to apply his talent to different disciplines, from grassroots events right up to the highest echelons of professional motor sport.
Sayle said: “I can't quite believe I have won! It hasn't quite sunk in yet and it caps off what has been an amazing year. There’s an impressive list of previous winners and I hope to go on and follow in their footsteps. Winning this award has given me a massive confidence boost heading into next season and I can't wait to get started.”
The following young journalists and photographers also submitted outstanding entries and were designated as Highly Commended:
Images by Matt Sayle, MSA Young Photographer of the Year 2017.
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