University of South Wales success in Wales Media Awards

A student and a graduate from the University of South Wales are among those shortlisted for Wales Media Awards.

Matthew Lofthouse who studies BA Photojournalism is competing against three other entrants in the Photographer of the Year category.

Image by Arhantika Rebello

Matthew is a sports photographer whose story on Cardiff Met FC qualifiying for the Europa League was picked up by multiple established newspapers, football websites and blogs from around the world.

Matthew said: “What I love about photojournalism is a lot of hours go into recording an event or unique moment.

“When you’ve planned to capture something or waited for something to happen at an event, you get a little buzz inside when you capture it on camera.

Matt shooting at Cardiff City FC

“I’m addicted to this buzz and if you were to shadow me whilst I work, you’d notice I do the odd fist pump or speak out loud in joy if I get the shot I’ve been after.”

Daniel Bevan, who graduated last year from the BA Journalism course is competing against nominees from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University for the Ed Townsend Student of the Year.

He was among the first USW team to report live from location into a TV news bulletin in his coverage of the disappearance of footballer Emiliano Sala.

Daniel Bevan reporting from Cardiff City stadium for USW student TV news

Since graduating in July 2019, Daniel has been working as a broadcast journalist at Global Radio in Cardiff, reporting for stations including LBC, Heart and Capital.

The Awards will be presented at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, on 20 March, hosted by BBC Cymru Wales presenter Lucy Owen and ITV Cymru Wales’ Jonathan Hill.

Matthew Lofthouse’s nominated images of the Cardiff Met FC team beating Bala Town FC in the Europa League playoff match at the Maes Tegid ground in Bala.

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