Sunday, February 20, 2000

Enquirer photo staff named state's best

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Tornado photo won first place in spot news.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        The Cincinnati Enquirer's photographers beat colleagues across the state Saturday when the Ohio News Photographers Association named them Staff of the Year.

        The association announced the winners of its annual awards program Saturday. The paper last won the best staff award in 1998.

        Along with the staff award, a number of photographers won individual honors.

        Photographer Steven Herppich's series of photographs on the way Cincinnati residents worship won first place for the Ohio Understanding Award for in-depth photojournalism in the community. Mr. Herppich also took third place for Photographer of the Year. Michael Keating was given an honorable mention.

Veteran's photo won first place in Portrait/personality.
(Saed Hindash photo)
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        In other individual categories:

        • Spot news: Ernest Coleman took first place in spot news for a picture from the Enquirer's April tornado coverage of a woman hugging a dog. A Glenn Hartong photo won second place. Photos by Craig Ruttle and a Hartong photo won honorable mentions.

        • News picture story: Mr. Keating took first place for a picture story on the tornado coverage. Mr. Herppich took third place.

        • Feature picture story: Mr. Ruttle took second place. Honorable mentions went to Mr. Herppich and former Enquirer photographer Yoni Pozner.

        • Sports picture story: Mr. Herppich took third place.

        • Single feature: Mr. Herppich won honorable mention.

        • Portrait/personality: Saed Hindash won first place for a portrait of a veteran looking at his photo as a young man.

        • Pictorial: Mr. Keating won an honorable mention.

        • General news: Mr. Hartong took third place and Mr. Coleman took an honorable mention.

        The judging took place at Ohio State University. Judges were Annie O'Neill, staff photographer at the Post-Gazette, in Pittsburgh; Harry Walker, director, Knight Ridder/Tribune Photo Service, Washington, D.C.; and James Gordon, professor emeritus, Bowling Green State University. Ninety-five photographers entered more than 1,300 pictures.


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