It’s quite the challenge coming up with the right words.
Honored. Excited. Relieved.
Those are just a few.
But the most important feeling — humbled.
At the Hoosier State Press Association Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon today in Indianapolis, I had four photographs receive awards; three earned first place and one was second place. One of my first-place photos was selected as the Division 3 (Dailies with circulation less than 6,000) representative for photo of the year. While I did not receive that honor, it is still pretty darn cool to come away with three first-place awards and even be considered a finalist.
After winning best feature story last year, I was shut out this year as a writer. Honestly, though, that doesn’t matter.
Over the last couple years I’ve put more emphasis on the photography aspect of my duties covering an event rather than the writing — although that’s not to say I’ve sacrificed the written word. I’ve still produced stories with which I am very proud to have written.
But the pictures will have more of an impact and a lasting impression than the words that accompany them.
I don’t write or shoot pictures for the sole purpose of winning awards, but being recognized by your peers is rather rewarding.
So, here are said photos, with captions.
first place — best feature photo (finalist for photo of the year) — Rural Redkey resident Kylie Osborne dives head first through a mud puddle after her team was eliminated from the FFA mud volleyball tournament during the Jay County Fair. Osborne and her teammates were defending champions, but they failed to reach the finals in the 11-team tournament.
first place — best sports feature photo — Fort Recovery High School senior Chase Bruns, second from left, smiles as he and the Tribe baseball team battle wind gusts while taking the tarp off of the field during a rain and thunderstorm delay against St. Marys Memorial. After a delay of more than an hour, the game was canceled with the Indians leading the Roughriders 5-1.
first place — best sports action photo — Abby Wendel, a Jay County High School senior, absorbs a forearm from Madi Wurster of South Adams as she attempts a shot during the second quarter of the Allen County Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at JCHS in Portland, Indiana. Wendel and the Patriots won 46-16 to keep their title hopes alive.
second place — best spot news photo — Two young fairgoers take shelter from heavy rain Tuesday afternoon at Sterling’s Goldfish on the midway at Jay County Fairgrounds. Rain caused flash flooding around much of the fairgrounds, forcing the evening activities to be canceled.