Ian Maule of Tulsa earns Grand Prize in Photo Contest

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Ian Maule of the Tulsa World was awarded GRAND PRIZE honors this morning (as well as first-place in the spot news category) in SNPA's annual Photo / Video Contest.

Judges said: "A guy sitting in a recliner amidst the destruction of his property. It's a photo of dejection, surrender to the elements, and a stoic reminder that life goes on."

They said, "One of the truly remarkable things about photojournalism is the ability to show a tiny slice of life that might go unnoticed by the casual observer. This image delivers a powerful message in a quiet, unobtrusive fashion. A very nice job by the photographer seeing this moment in the midst of chaos."

View the winning photos and videos here

Awards were announced 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 - Rich Cooley, Northern Virginia Daily, Strasburg, Va.
  • Second-Place - Ben Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock (he was recognized for two photos submitted in this category)
  • Third-Place (tie) - Greg Lovett, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Theresa Proudfit, The Daily News, Iron Mountain, Mich.; and Scott Rogers, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

Features

  • First-Place - Rich Cooley, Northern Virginia Daily, Strasburg, Va.
  • Second-Place - Jonathon Gruenke, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
  • Third-Place - Rich Cooley, Northern Virginia Daily, Strasburg, Va.

Sports

  • First-Place - Rich Cooley, Northern Virginia Daily, Strasburg, Va. (the paper's "Vote for Rich" campaign paid off among its readers)
  • Second-Place - Jonathon Gruenke, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
  • Third-Place - Aileen Devlin, Daily News, Newport News, Va.

Videos

  • First-Place - Kaitlin McKeown, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.
  • Second-Place - Stephen Thornton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock
  • Third-Place - Kelly Huff, Marietta Daily Journal, Marietta, Ga.


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P Judges' Awards:

Spot News

  • First-Place - Ian Maule, Tulsa World, Tulsa, Okla. (and GRAND PRIZE winner)
  • Second-Place - Woody Marshall, The Telegraph, Macon, Ga.
  • Third-Place - Scott Rogers, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Doug Strickland, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Tenn.
    • Greg Lovett, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Features

  • First-Place - Stuart Villanueva, The Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
  • Second-Place: Woody Marshall, The Telegraph, Macon, Ga.
  • Third-Place: Ben Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Honorable Mention - Mitchell Masilun, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.

Sports

  • First-Place - Rob Ostermaier, Daily News, Newport News, Va.
  • Second-Place - Robin Rudd, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Third-Place: Michael Johnson, The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, Fla.
  • Honorable Mention - Michael Johnson, The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, Fla.

Videos:

  • First-Place - Kaitlin McKeown, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.
  • Second-Place - Jeronimo Nisa, The Decatur Daily, Decatur, Ala.
  • Third-Place - Mike Simons, Tulsa World, Tulsa, Okla.

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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