Herald Photographers Win Five State Awards

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Front Page / Dec. 10, 2009 3:35pm EST


This photograph won the Top News Photo award for Herald photographer Tim Calabro. It was taken at a Memorial Day ceremony at the chapel at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center.This photograph won the Top News Photo award for Herald photographer Tim Calabro. It was taken at a Memorial Day ceremony at the chapel at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center.

The Herald of Randolph dominated the photography awards for weekly newspapers at last week’s annual meeting of the Vermont Press Association, winning five of the nine awards in three categories.

Tim Calabro was named for the best sports photo and for the best news photo, and took a second in the feature photo category.

The Herald swept the news photo category. Besides Calabro’s first place finish, Zach Nelson received the second place award and Bob Eddy the third place award.

“Photography has been one of the strongest aspects of the Herald for many, many years,” said Dick Drysdale, the Herald’s editor and publisher.


This photograph won top sports photo award for Herald photographer Tim Calabro. At a pre-season scrimmage between Randolph and South Royalton Calabro, a former baseball player himself, caught this dramatic moment as Dustin Parker tags out Thomas Jacobs in an attempted steal of third base.This photograph won top sports photo award for Herald photographer Tim Calabro. At a pre-season scrimmage between Randolph and South Royalton Calabro, a former baseball player himself, caught this dramatic moment as Dustin Parker tags out Thomas Jacobs in an attempted steal of third base.

“Not only do our photographers have the technical excellence, but they also have the enthusiasm and commitment that lead them to produce, not just award-winning individual photographs, but a stream of stunning images week after week.”

The publisher noted that much credit for the success of Calabro and Nelson comes from working with Bob Eddy and added that Eddy’s skills were honed years ago from working with nationally-recognized photographer Gordon Harding, who was reporter and photographer for The Herald for several years.

Other professional photographers who have worked for The Herald in previous years include Jack Rowell, Marjorie Ryerson, and David Barreda.

Three of the remaining four photo awards for weekly newspapers were won by Gordon Miller of the state’s newest weekly, the Waterbury Record, which was founded only two years ago.

Valley News Sweeps

Among daily newspapers, the Valley News photographers engineered an astounding sweep of the photography awards, winning seven of the nine available categories.

Jason Johns alone won five of the nine, while James Patterson won a first in feature photography, with the VN’s Jennifer Hauck second. Cassandra Hotaling of the Rutland Herald won two awards.

VPA Executive Director Mike Donoghue said the annual competition for the top Vermont journalism awards was open to the 10 daily and four dozen non-daily newspapers that circulate in the state. He said out-of-state journalists selected by the New Hampshire Press Association judged the contest.

In the non-daily division, Seven Days in Burlington won the General Excellence Award, while the Addison Independent in Middlebury was honored for the best website for non-daily newspapers.


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