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FIRST: Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot
SECOND: Kevin Morely, Richmond Times-Dispatch
THIRD: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
1st place is an outstanding composition, all the elements came together very well. 2nd place is a great moment that made us all laugh and 3rd place is a beautiful image with great composition and color.

FIRST: Jay Westcott, The News & Advance
SECOND: Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
THIRD: Peter Casey, USA Today
HM: Daniel Lin, Daily News-Record
Easily the most competitive category with many great entires. 1st place is a quiet post-game moment with great body language. Second is awesome peak action but we felt like this frame could benefit from a tighter crop.

FIRST: Aileen Devlin, The Daily Press
SECOND: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
THIRD: Kevin Morley, Richmond Times-Dispatch
1st place is very dynamic with great composition and light with and active subject. 2nd place utilizes the harsh light in a creative manner.

FIRST: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
SECOND: Jill Nance, The News & Advance
THIRD: Aileen Devlin, The Daily Press
1st place is rock solid spot news coverage while 2nd place does a great job using great light and composition from a big news event. We struggled to pick a third place but choose it based on the the competent photography and news value.

FIRST: Erica Yoon, The Roanoke Times
SECOND: James Diem, Eastern Shore News
THIRD: Nikki Fox, Daily News-Record
1st place was the clear choice and is very well done. “Tonya Davison, low vision” develops a great narrative with each successive image and is tightly edited. We love the frame of Ms. Davison reading Stephen King. 2nd place “Alpacas” has meny quirky moments that convey the subject vey well. 3rd place is a nice package from a common community event.

2015 VNPA Contest: News Picture Story


HM NEWS PICTURE STORY: Jahi Chikwendiu, Washington Post—In 1965, nonviolent demonstrators endured billy clubs, cattle prods and clouds of tear gas as they protested for their right to vote. SelmaÕs ÒBloody Sunday,Ó a day of shocking violence and stirring courage, spurred passage of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important achievements of the civil rights era. Fifty years after Bloody Sunday, the brutal, institutionalized racism that outraged much of the country is gone from Selma, but a canyon still exists between races. The city has been divided recently over whether to repair a monument honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate general who later became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s schools have been effectively segregated since the early 1990s. Much of the outright, institutionalized racism has been replaced with murkier problems that cannot be repaired by a brave stand on a bridge or a single sweeping piece of legislation. Just 60 miles to the south, African-American officials in Shelby County, Alabama, are still fighting for voter rights.

2015 VNPA Contest: Feature Picture Story

VNPA 2015 Contest: Sports Picture Story


Best in Show 2015 P. Kevin Morley Richmond Times-Dispatch


2015 BEST IN SHOW: P. Kevin Morley, Times-Dispatch—A month after having a 2.5-lb. tumor removed, 6-year-old Jack Morley goes through chemotherapy at the Massey Cancer Center at VCU. His mid-December operation happened five days after the diagnosis of a Wilms tumor. The tumor is a kidney cancer that occurs more frequently in children. Jack lost one of his kidneys. Jack said that the chemotherapy is the worst part about cancer treatment. “I don’t like chemo. It’s just pretty much every time I go get this medicine that makes me feel nauseated and constipated,” Jack said.