The 12 Days of Local Pressmasness: 8 New Year celebrations

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Photographers will go to remarkable lengths – or many will – to get a great picture. There are many who said that the art of photography in newsrooms was dead when newspapers began appealing for User Generated Content images. I take a different view.

Like all parts of the newsroom, there are fewer staff photographers than in years gone by, but they are probably more important than ever. Why? Because ‘the internet’ loves nothing more than a great image.

That image can just as easily come from an iphone carried by a teenager who just happens to be in the right place at the right time as it can a photographer with £7k of kits with them, but that’s not to demean the work of a photographer. It’s just that like everything else in publishing, the audience is more empowered to share what they see.

The pixel-sharp quality of ipads and other Tablets makes strong images all the more compelling, while the thirst for image galleries – carefully curated ones, not ones where 30 images are thrown at the internet under a theme – means that all of a sudden, two hours on a photographic job feels less of a luxury than when all that was needed was a great shot for page 5.

And, in my experience, the most popular online picture galleries are those including fireworks. If ever there’s a job which tests the skill, determination and creativity of a professional photographer, it’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

For some newsrooms, though, fireworks are a luxury they have to live without – with other ideas brought to the fore to sum up New Year. Here are 8 of the best:

1. Newcastle City Centre – Newcastle Chronicle

Newcastle's civic centre is lit up by fireworks - and this shot shows much more than the firworks

Newcastle’s civic centre is lit up by fireworks – and this shot shows much more than the firworks

2. The big one – Edinburgh Evening News

In Edinburgh, with the fireworks display so famous, the challenge is to  take something new. I like this one

In Edinburgh, with the fireworks display so famous, the challenge is to take something new. I like this one

3. Caught on phone in Nottingham – Nottingham Post

From the Nottingham Post coverage of fireworks at the city's castle - a great example of how every is catching an event on camera this days

From the Nottingham Post coverage of fireworks at the city’s castle – a great example of how every is catching an event on camera this days

4. Manchester city centre – Manchester Evening News

In Manchester, the council boasted the fireworks would rival Sydney and London

In Manchester, the council boasted the fireworks would rival Sydney and London

5. Second city stunning – Birmingham Mail

A stunning set of images used in the Birmingham Mail from Tim Cornbill at wwwtimcornbillphotography.com

A stunning set of images used in the Birmingham Mail from Tim Cornbill at wwwtimcornbillphotography.com

6. Out to party – Liverpool Echo

Where there aren't fireworks, spare a thought for the photographers asked to brave the drinking crowds. Andy Teebay of the Liverpool ECHO struck lucky with a wedding in the city centre

Where there aren’t fireworks, spare a thought for the photographers asked to brave the drinking crowds. Andy Teebay of the Liverpool ECHO struck lucky with a wedding in the city centre

7. Gale-force swimming – Western Telegraph

Away from the midnight fireworks, an early start loomed for many. Who going to let a gale and stormy waves put you off a New Year Day traditional swim?

1,352 swimmers and thousands of spectators welcomed in 2014 at the annual Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim.

1,352 swimmers and thousands of spectators welcomed in 2014 at the annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim.

8. Aaaaah – Birmingham Mail

And it’s back to the baby theme from the other day, with Christmas Day dropped in favour of New Year’s Day …. this baby arrived even before Big Ben finished chiming.

t’s a nappy new year and warm welcome from the first British baby to arrive in 2014 – Gracie Welcome. Gracie was born at Birmingham’s City Hospital before Big Ben had finished chiming.

t’s a nappy new year and warm welcome from the first British baby to arrive in 2014 – Gracie Welcome.
Gracie was born at Birmingham’s City Hospital before Big Ben had finished chiming.

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