Stephen Thornton of Little Rock earns Grand Prize in Photo Contest

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For the second year in a row, Stephen B. Thornton of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) was awarded GRAND PRIZE honors (and first-place spot news) in SNPA's annual Photo / Video Contest.

View the winning photos and videos here

Awards were announced this year in two categories:  Readers' Choice Awards (voted on by SNPA members and their readers) and Judges' Awards (judges were selected by The Associated Press).

Readers' Choice Awards:

Spot News

  • First-Place - Heidi Heilbrunn, The Greenville News, Greenville, S.C.
  • Second-Place - Laura McKenzie, Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Third-Place - Christian Randolph, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, W.Va.

Features

  • First-Place - Laura McKenzie, Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Second-Place - Laura McKenzie, Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Third-Place was left in a tie between:
    • Staton Breidenthal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock
    • Aileen Devlin, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
    • Scott Rogers, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

Sports

  • First-Place - Aileen Devlin, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
  • Second-Place - Scott Rogers, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.
  • Third-Place was left in a tie between:
    • Staton Breidenthal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock
    • Kevin M. Cox, The Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
    • Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
    • Scott Rogers, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.
    • Stephen Thornton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock

Videos

  • First-Place - Savannah King, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.
  • Second-Place was left in a tie between:
    • Lisa Bernheim, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, W.Va.
    • Heather Rousseau, The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va.
  • Third-Place - Heather Rousseau, The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va.


Judges' Awards:

Spot News

  • First-Place - Stephen Thornton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark. (and GRAND PRIZE winner)
  • Second-Place - Robin Trimarchi, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, Ga.
  • Third-Place - Jonathan Gruenke, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Tracy Glantz, The State, Columbia, S.C.
    • John McCusker, The Advocate, New Orleans, La.
    • Julie Smith, News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo.

Features

  • First-Place - Stuart Villanueva, The Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
  • Second-Place: Stuart Villanueva, The Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
  • Third-Place: Judith Lowery, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
  • Honorable Mentions: 
    • Corey Perrine, Naples Daily News, Naples, Fla.
    • Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    • Kris Wilson, News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo.

Sports

  • First-Place - Kelly Huff, Marietta Daily Journal, Marietta, Ga.
  • Second-Place - Ian Maule, Tulsa World, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Third-Place: Hilary Scheinuk, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Corey Perrine, Naples Daily News, Naples, Fla.
    • Stephen Thornton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock

Videos:

  • First-Place - Mike Simons, Tulsa World, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Second-Place - Thomas Cordy and Joe Forzano, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Third-Place - Thomas Cordy, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Dorothy Edwards, Naples Daily News, Naples, Fla.
    • Gerry Melendez, The State, Columbia, S.C.
    • Heather Rousseau, The Roanoke Times, Ronoake, Va.

View all of the winning entries, read judges' comments, add your own comments and congratulate the winners! (Note: you will need to register free at the contest site before posting comments.)

This year's Photo/Video Contest was sponsored by Second Street.

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