Photojournalism Awards

Judges comments: “This multimedia project on local residents’ experiences with suicide that culminated in a community event would be ambitious for newsrooms of any size. But in a smaller newsroom with a team of only two people working on it is an amazing show of fortitude. Carson and Corfman took The News-Messenger’s audience on a journey into the effects suicide has on families and the community. Corfman’s movie-length documentary was widely acclaimed by the community and has been suggested to be shown in schools, before law enforcement organizations and civic organizations. This is an example of how dedication and perseverance can create an impactful conversation in a community.”
1st place consumer engagement, 2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III

2017

2017 Society of Professional Journalists: Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest – best videographer and best of show
2017 Best of USA Today Network Awards, Div III. – 1st place digital storytelling – “Heroin’s Unrelenting Grip”
2017 Best of USA Today Network Awards, Div III. – 2nd place digital storytelling – “Suicide: the silent crisis”
2017 Best of USA Today Network Awards, Div III. – 2nd place consumer engagement – “Suicide: the silent crisis”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best sports photo 1st place – First lead of the night”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best Public Service 1st place – “Suicide: the silent crisis”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best Video 1st place – “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best Video 2nd place – “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best illustration or informational graphic 3rd place – “Heroin overdose death numbers”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best graphics artist 3rd place
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – Best Special Sports Section 3rd place – “Fall football preview 2017”
2017 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div I – General excellence 3rd place – The News-Messenger
2017 USA TODAY Network Journalism Awards, 4th quarter, Consumer engagement, 1st Place,“WWII: In their own words”
2017 USA TODAY Network Journalism Awards, 4th quarter, Digital storytelling, 1st Place, “WWII: In their own words”
2017 USA TODAY Network Journalism Awards, 4th quarter, Digital storytelling, finalist, “Quarry neighbors irate about dumping, water quality”
2017 USA TODAY Network Journalism Awards, 4th quarter, Digital storytelling, finalist, “Terra urged to boost commitment to skilled trades”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, Dec. MVP award, finalist “Terra urged to boost commitment to skilled trades”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, Nov. 3rd place photo story/essay “Tornado and fire three weeks apart devastate family”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, Oct. MVP award, 2nd place “Quarry neighbors irate about dumping, water quality”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, Sept. MVP award, finalist “Efforts ramp up to save or sell Davis-Besse”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, Aug. MVP award, finalist “It’s no party for Put-in-Bay police”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, May clip contest, 1st place feature “Fighting cancer”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, May clip contest, 1st place photo story “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, April clip contest, honorable mention sports feature “Rain delay”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III, 1st place digital storytelling “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III, finalist video “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III, finalist consumer engagement and experiences “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, May MVP Award, 2nd place “Heroin’s unrelenting grip”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III, 1st place consumer engagement “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III, 1st place digital storytelling “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III, finalist digital storytelling “Service dog helps paramedic deal with PTSD, anxiety”
2017 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III, video finalist “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, Feb. MVP Award, 1st place “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, Feb. clip contest, 3rd place photo story “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, Feb. clip contest, honorable mention portrait “Suicide: surviving crisis”
2017 Ohio News Photographers Association, Feb. clip contest, 3rd place “Burning Snowman”
2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, May video MVP award “Sheriff explores new lead in Bogle homicide,” “Fighting ovarian cancer, donating hair” and “Kayla Davis’ story: ‘shooting demons'”

Sparks fly from 'Harold,' a 30-foot-tall snowman made of cotton, chicken wire, an rebar and coated with shortening, after he is set ablaze to mark the end of winter during the third annual Burning Snowman Festival in Port Clinton.
Jonathan Martin, 28, of Fremont tried to kill himself by pill overdose when he was a teenager. He said he has had times of severe depression throughout his life. People who attempted suicide often are too ashamed to tell their loved ones and friends, he said. “Yeah, we all might go to church together. Yeah, we can laugh. But are you that confidant that I can put my trust in and tell you that I wanted to cut my wrists last night?" he said.
Oak Harbor's wrestling team reacts to Zach Laughlin wrestling Genoa's Christian Aranda in the match that put Oak Harbor ahead 29-26, the team's first lead of the night.
Patti Tucker holds up locks of her hair cut by her friend Sandy Lagrou, manager of Friends Salon & Spa. Tucker will donate the hair to be used to make a child's wig.
Richie Webber, 24, of Clyde was a high school track star and good student, until he broke his arm playing football and was prescribed painkillers.

Judges comments: “Molly had a very nice portrait of a subject that is breaking the hearts of families, friends and community members around the nation. It was a simple portrait of a person who lost a loved one from their battle with heroin addiction. The Buffalo News staff has had several assignments in the last several months trying to tell this story with our cameras and it has proved almost impossible. We looked at Molly’s picture for a long time. We liked it.”
1st place portrait, Ohio News Photographer’s Association, March 2016

2016

2016 Best of USA Today Network Awards, Div III. – 2nd place video – “Tae’s Story: Four-Year-Old Fights Brain Cancer”
2016 Ohio News Photographer’s Association year end – 1st place news video – “Tae’s story: 4-Year-Old Fights Brain Cancer”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 1st place – Best Photographer
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 1st place – Best Feature Photo – “Tae’s story: 4-Year-Old Fights Brain Cancer”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 1st place – Best Photo Story – “Tae’s Story: Four-Year-Old Fights Brain Cancer”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 1st place – Best Video – “A Difficult Journey: Tae, 5, Fights Brain Cancer”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 2nd place – Best Photo Story – “Heroin: Face of Addiction”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 3rd place – Best Photo Story – “A Difficult Journey: Tae, 5, Fights Brain Cancer”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 3rd place – Best Video – “Richie’s Story: From Heroin to Hope”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – 3rd place – Best Special Sports Section – “Fall Football Preview 2016”
2016 Associated Press Managing Editors awards – Div. I – General excellence 2nd place – The News-Messenger
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, Dec. clip contest, 2nd place sport action “Only touchdown”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, Dec. clip contest, 3rd place sports feature “Crying After a Loss”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, Oct. clip contest, 1st place general news “Shaken baby”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, Oct. clip contest, 2nd place sports feature “Soccer wall”
2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 4th quarter, Div. III – Finalist digital storytelling “WWII: In their own words”
2016 Media Network of Central Ohio, Dec. MVP Award, finalist “Overmyer sentenced to 4 years in prison”
2016 Media Network of Central Ohio, Nov. MVP Award, 1st place “Sheriff convicted on felony drug and theft charges”

2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 3rd quarter, Div. III – 1st place digital storytelling “Tae’s story”
2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 3rd quarter, Div. III – Finalist photo “Tae’s story”
2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 3rd quarter, Div. III – Finalist video “Tae’s story”
2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 2nd quarter, Div. III – Finalist video “Special prom”
2016 Media Network of Central Ohio, March MVP Award, 1st “Heroin: Face of Addiction”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, June clip contest, 3rd place feature “Color run”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, March clip contest, 1st place portrait “Heroin loss”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, Feb. clip contest, 3rd place photo story “Tae’s story”
2016 Ohio News Photographers Association, Jan. clip contest, 3rd place spot news “High speed chase”
2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III – 1st place video “Tae’s story”
2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 1st quarter, Div. III – Finalist photo “Tae’s story”

Judges comments: “The News-Messenger found a heartbreakingly necessary story to tell, and they did not pull any punches. From watching Tae get upset at his chemotherapy sessions to having boundless fun at his birthday party to the photos from his funeral, this package made use of each digital tool to get the reader as close as possible to the story, to great emotional effect.”
1st place, Digital Storytelling, Gannett 3rd quarter 2016

"The Little Soldier" is a three-part series that featured multimedia videos, photo galleries and writing/reporting about Diontae "Tae" Smith, a 5-year-old Port Clinton resident dying of brain cancer, and his family.
Carl Cooley, 91, of Fremont served in the U.S. Army 26th Infantry Division during World War II. He got a deferment to finish high school, and less than a week after receiving his diploma, he was in the army. During the day, Cooley hid in foxholes from constant enemy fire. He served as a rifleman and carried an M1 gun, following General George Patton’s 4th Armored Division.

Judges comments: “The reporter and photojournalist were wise enough to know when to back off and let the stories flow naturally from the vets’ mouths themselves in this three-part series. It was emotional, poignant and made these stories from a dying generation accessible to everyone. Compelling, powerful work.”
Finalist digital storytelling 2016 USA Today Network journalism awards 4th quarter, Div. III

Judges comments: “First place turns out to be a series of images from a nighttime fire – we really like a couple of the images (#2, an overall of the scene and #9, a “frappe” slow motion interpretation of sparks flying) and are glad that the photographer is working the scene so thoroughly.”
1st place, spot news, National Press Photographers Association, Region 4 Nov. 2015

Firefighters from nine area fire departments battle a house fire near the village of Rocky Ridge, about five miles northwest of Oak Harbor in Ottawa County. Strong winds gusting up to 50 mph made it tougher for firefighters trying to contain the blaze, which engulfed the single-family house.

2006 Ohio News Photographers Association, Dec. clip contest, 3rd place portrait
2006 Ohio News Photographers Association, Nov. clip contest, 1st place spot news
2006 Ohio News Photographers Association, Oct. clip contest, 3rd place sports
2006 Ohio News Photographers Association, Aug. clip contest, 3rd place feature story
2004-05 NPPA Student Quarterly Clip Contest, 1st quarter, picture story, 2nd place
2004-05 NPPA Student Quarterly Clip Contest, 1st quarter, feature single, 2nd place
2004-05 Hearst Journalism Awards Program, sports and news, 10th place
2004-05 Hearst Journalism Awards Program, portrait personality and feature, 14th place
2004-05 Hearst Journalism Awards Program, picture story series, 17th place
2004 Society of Professional Journalists, national finalist, photo illustration “Leaving scars”
2004 Society of Professional Journalists, region 4, 1st place photo illustration “Leaving scars”
2004 Society of Professional Journalists, region 4, 1st place feature photo “Changeable clothes”
2004 Ohio News Photographers Association, April clip contest, 2nd place general news
2003-04 NPPA Student Quarterly Clip Contest, 4th quarter, picture story, 3rd place
2000 Associated Press Society of Ohio, Honorable Mention, feature photo “Winter walk”
2000 Associated Press Society of Ohio, 2nd place Award of Merit, photo essay “End of the line?”
1999 Associated Press Society of Ohio, 3rd place Div. II, photo essay “Youth Olympics”
1998 Ohio Public Images Award of Excellence