Ben Jacobson image

Picture credit: Ben Jacobson

A still image grabbed from video footage shot using a Canon EOS 60D DSLR has won the BT Citizen Photographer of the Year title.

Ben Jacobson used the 60D to film a handbag-wielding grandmother scaring off robbers outside a jewellery store in Northampton earlier this year.

Ben contacted the SWNS news agency with stills from his minute-long clip and the shots and footage made headlines worldwide.

The competition was launched to ‘reflect the impact of citizen journalism on newspapers and websites’.

Ben, who works in video production, was awarded his £500 cash prize at a ceremony in central London earlier this week hosted by BBC presenter Kate Silverton.

The shortlisted photographers were Peter Dewhirst, Charlie Forgham-Bailey and Chris Smith.

The BT Citizen Photographer of the Year was part of the 2011 Picture Editors? Guild Awards which was won by Associated Press photographer Matt Dunham.

Judges for the citizen photographer award included Amateur Photographer Editor Damien Demolder.

Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Picture credit: Matt Dunham, Associated Press

Ben Jacobson portrait

Picture: Damien Demolder