Fo­cus on work earns ac­co­lades

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

OUR pool of tal­ented pho­tog­ra­phers has again proved it­self amongst the state’s best, with a triple tri­umph at the WA Press Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year Awards.

Lead­ing the charge at Fri­day night’s cer­e­mony was Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s reign­ing Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year An­drew Ritchie, who col­lected gongs in two of the nine cat­e­gories: Best Por­trait Pho­to­graph and Best Sub­ur­ban News­pa­per Pho­tog­ra­pher.

Ritchie’s win­ning por­trait photo was a strik­ing, re­flec­tive im­age of WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Sergey Pevnev.

Long-time Gazette snap­per Martin Ken­nealey claimed the Best News Fea­ture Pho­to­graph for his im­age taken at Fre­man­tle’s An­zac Day dawn ser­vice.

Com­mu­nity pho­tog­ra­phers filled all three places in the sub­ur­ban cat­e­gory won by Ritchie, with Jon Hew­son placed se­cond and Will Rus­sell third.

For­mer Com­mu­nity pho­tog­ra­pher Elle Borg­ward also placed se­cond for Best Fea­ture Pho­to­graph.

Pho­to­graphic man­ager David Baylis praised his team of pro­fes­sion­als, whose col­lec­tive work con­tin­ues to be held in high ac­claim by read­ers and peers alike.

“We take a lot of pride in the craft of news pho­tog­ra­phy and all of our pho­tog­ra­phers strike a bal­ance of tal­ent and em­pa­thy, which is so im­por­tant when work­ing with such a va­ri­ety of peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

Win­ning and fi­nal­ist im­ages are on dis­play at the WA Mu­seum un­til April 24.

Martin Ken­nealey’s award-win­ning An­zac Day pho­to­graph.

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