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2013 Illinois Press Association awards

I managed to rake in a few awards at this year’s Illinois Press Association editorial contest. The Rockford Register Star claimed six awards total.

My photo of Byron’s Hunter Hill received second place in Personality Portrait, Division F.

Hunter Hill

MAX GERSH | ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
Byron senior Hunter Hill, 17, stands under the net Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in the gymnasium at Byron High School. Hill recently broke the school record for most career assists. ©2012

A shot that barely made it in the 2012 calendar year received third place in Spot News Photo, Division F.

firefighter giving dog oxygen

Cherry Valley firefighter Kyle Wigget adjusts an oxygen mask on a dog Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, after a fire took the life of another dog at the Beacon Hill apartment complex in Rockford. MAX GERSH/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR ©2012

I don’t put a lot of weight in contests. Everything about them is subjective. A photo could do really well in one contest and be cut instantly in an other. It all depends on who’s judging it and their tastes.

With that said, it is nice to be recognized for the hard work we put in.

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