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End of a decade: Memorable moments from PA

Phil Coomes | 10:35 UK time, Monday, 21 December 2009

Photo by John Giles

To mark the end of the first decade of the century I asked the Press Association's Picture Editor Martin Keene to select 30 memorable moments captured by their photographers.

The Press Association (PA) was founded in 1868 and is the national news agency of the UK and Ireland and provides text, pictures, video and data into newsrooms around the country.

Martin's selections can be seen in three picture galleries linked below alongside a brief comment by him on each picture.

Click here to see Martin's selection of news pictures form the Press Association archivesPA news pictures: 2000-2009

Martin Keene:

"News photography is about being there when it happens. Sometimes it's at events that the photographer knows about in advance and can plan carefully where he or she will take their pictures. At other times, it's about getting there as quickly as possible once the event has taken place.
 
"Like all good photography, it requires patience. Watching and waiting to sum up a day's work in one compelling image, to capture in the camera something that may have lasted for just a fleeting moment."

Click here to see Martin's selection of news pictures from the Press Association archives.

PA sport pictures: 2000-2009

Click here to see Martin's selection of sport  pictures form the Press Association archivesMartin Keene:

"If news can happen at any time and anywhere, sport is very opposite. The time and place is well known in advance.
 
"Patience, timing and choosing a good position are all absolutely crucial. The best sports photographers have an intimate knowledge of the sports and personalities that they cover.
 
"The challenge for most photographers at a big event such as the Olympic Games is trying to keep up with where the medals are likely to be won, while navigating around a foreign city. They also have to compete with photographers from around the world for the limited number of prime spots and produce images with a sense place and history."

Click here to see Martin's selection of sport pictures from the Press Association archives.

Click here to see Martin's selection of showbiz pictures form the Press Association archivesPA showbiz pictures: 2000-2009

Martin Keene:

"Showbiz pictures are a balance to the more heavyweight news pictures of the day. Showbiz photographers cover everything from concerts or festivals to actors and actresses on red carpets for film premieres.
 
"During the last 10 we have witnessed reality television making celebrities of people who had no idea that fame, and maybe fortune, was about to be thrust upon them.
 
"The definition of paparazzi photography - once the art of capturing a celebrity unaware - has been increasingly blurred by some to include almost anyone with a camera taking a picture of anyone else who has appeared on TV."

Click here to see Martin's selection of showbiz pictures from the Press Association archives.

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