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AP’s Jenny Hammerton named footage employee of the year at Focal International Awards

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The Associated Press’ Jenny Hammerton has been named “footage employee of the year” at the 2014 Focal International Awards, the world’s most prominent archive footage business Honors. The awards, which celebrate the best use of archive footage and recognize those that work within the archive industry, were announced last night at a gala dinner and ceremony, hosted by history presenter Dan Snow.

Hammerton, who has been working for AP Archive, the film and video archive of AP, for over five years and who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years, was nominated by AP customers for her expertise, commitment and passion; both for the industry and the work that she undertakes. Described as having “in-depth knowledge”, “acute research skills” and “great instinct”, she is part of the UK sales desk and handles key broadcast accounts.

The AP Archive contains over 1.7 million global news and entertainment stories dating back to 1895. More stories are added every day and a recent Digitization project, which took two years to complete, has ensured the preservation of unique footage of some of the most important events in history for the benefit of future generations.

“We have invested heavily in our archive business with fast digital access to all of our amazing footage being a priority,” said AP’s Director of International Archives, Alwyn Lindsey. “However, we have never lost sight of the fact that it’s people who make a business successful and it’s wonderful that someone like Jenny is recognized by the industry in this way. She is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, and feels passionately about our customers. This award is a fitting tribute to the contribution that she makes.”

A list of all the winners can be viewed here: http://www.focalint.org/focal-international-awards/2014/the-focal-international-awards-2014.

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