In the last few months, I’ve won multiple awards in news.
It started in December. I entered the National Press Photographers Association’s monthly clip contest. Photographers enter their best work each month and compete against other shooters in the region. In St. Louis, I am in region 7 (R7). That includes all of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
One of my images happened to beat out every other shooter in the region in December in the general news category.
In April, the Missouri Colligiate Media Association (MCMA) banquet was held in St. Louis. This is where awards are presented for college newspapers throughout the state. My last 1.5 years at Webster, I was the photo editor for our student paper, The Journal.
Last year, I won 1st place in sports photo, feature photo and photo illustration. I also took 2nd place in information graphic.
This year, my images won 1st place news photo, 2nd place news photo, honorable mention feature photo and honorable mention sports photo.
Some of my photo staff also collected multiple awards.
Laila Wessel took 1st place feature photo for a stunning dance image (#11 in her Theater & Dance gallery) and took 2nd place sports for a great basketball image (#25 in her sports gallery).
Phil Crawford, a contributing photographer to the paper, received 3rd place feature photo.
Brent Johnston won 1st place sports photo for a nice moment in a flag football game.
The paper took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for photo spreads.
Over all, The Journal took home 33 awards, more than any paper in the state. Way to go Journal!
I am awaiting the NPPA R7 results for the month of January. Keep your fingers crossed.