Two days later and I’m still struggling to find the right words.
During the 2017 Hoosier State Press Newsroom Seminar & Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon on Saturday in Indianapolis, I repeated as having the best sports action photo in Division 3 (dailies with circulation less than 6,000).
The photo, which is below, was selected as the photo of the year finalist for its division.
(I also won first place in sports commentary for my weekly column, “Line Drives.” It was my first HSPA award for column writing.)
In 2016, I was awarded first place by the Hoosier State Press Association for three photos. One of those — best feature photo — was selected as a photo of the year finalist.
I was also runner up for spot news photo.
Those honors came as a surprise to me considering I think of myself a writer first, a photographer second.
Not the other way around.
In 2011 I graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors degree in journalism with a concentration on news writing. I also minored in sports management, knowing very well I wanted to be a sports writer.
I was required to take a photography class as part of my major, and had dabbled in the hobby post graduation. It was never really a passion of mine, because I didn’t think I’d use the skill at a professional level. But when I began my career at The Commercial Review in July 2013, I was required to take pictures to accompany my stories.
And recent events have forced me to reconsider my evaluation of myself, and my feeling toward photography.