Terry O'Neill HonFRPS awarded a CBE for services to photography

10 June 2019

Industry news

Terry O'Neill has been awarded a CBE for services to Photography in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours list. 


Terry said upon hearing the news "It’s a huge honour. And I’m incredibly humbled by it. It’s a real recognition for the art of photography, as well. This isn’t just for me of course, it’s for everyone who has helped me along the way. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart."

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. 

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s.  He realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music. He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963 and also pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry. O’Neill’s images have adorned iconic albums, movie posters and magazine covers and by 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.


Over the six decades O’Neill has been a photographer, he has photographed politicians (from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela), singers (from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse), actors (from Michael Caine to Audrey Hepburn) and James Bond actors (from Sean Connery up to Daniel Craig).


O’Neill was awarded the RPS Centenary Medal in 2011. This medal is awarded in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography and carries with it an Honorary Fellowship of The Society.


IPE 162 selector Skinder Hundal (CEO/Director of the New Art Exchange in Nottingham) was awarded an MBE.


Picture copyright: Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images