Congratulations to the talented photographers who entered a pile of contests that were judged last week at the Southern Short Course in News Photography. It was the convention’s 60th Anniversary, so they held it at the Hilton in downtown Charlotte and combined it with the North Carolina and South Carolina annual conventions.
It was an honor for me to help judge the South Carolina Photographer of the Year contest. Props go out to C. Aluka Berry, new (and incumbant) SC Photog of the Year, from The State newspaper. See all the results at http://www.scnpa.org/ . Entries were few but mighty in this small state. The good stuff rose to the top, so that it was difficult to make final decisions. Berry’s story “Second Chances,” about a prison rehab program, struck all the judges with quiet, beautiful images masterfully woven together into a strong narrative.
North Carolina Photographer of the Year is repeat winner Andrew Craft from The Fayetteville Observer. See his work and others at http://www.ncppaonline.org/.
Southern Photographer of the Year contest was open to anyone who wanted to pay the entry fee. The top three entries were hotly contested, but the top honor finally went to Kevin German, of Luceo Images, who photographs throughout Asia. We were moved by his strong sense of vision, and in particular, his story on Vietnam’s cemetery for aborted babies. It was truly an original treatment of an original topic. Other results are available at http://www.southernshortcourse.com.