Congratulations to the 2020 Regional Clip Contest winners
April 13, 2021 - It's been a helluva year. So we asked the nine regional clip contest winners to summarize their year of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest to accompany a selection of their pictures. We asked them: What was the most memorable story they covered in 2020 and why? What keeps them going as a photojournalist and what advice would they give to newcomers in our profession? Their reflections are revealing and made me feel hopeful. Thanks for reading.
- Sue Morrow, Editor, News Photographer Magazine
What was the most memorable story you covered in 2020 and why?
2020 brought a lot of challenges as a photojournalist. My main beat at the Buffalo News is covering sports. With the COVID-19 pandemic, sports was stopped, altered and changed. With little to no sports, I was put in a position to go find pictures and stories that told how COVID affected Buffalo, NY, and the Western New York region. I did a portrait series on people who lost their jobs due to COVID, as well as a portrait series on senior athletes who lost out on their senior athletic season, along with covering one of the first COVID funerals.
What keeps you going as a photojournalist?
The joy of being a photojournalist is that no two days are the same, and the chance to be in the public Interacting with people is a blessing. My goal on the sports beat is to treat a high school assignment no different than I would treat a professional game. I like taking readers behind the scenes, to where they cannot go, to tell a story.
What advice would you give to newcomers in our profession?
To the newcomers getting in the business, be humble and want to listen and learn. Be a sponge, so as much up as possible – even if it is a ride-along to observe, listen and learn. Be the best backpack photojournalist you can be, have writing skills, photography and video skills, be able to do it all! I have been a staff photographer for the Buffalo News for 25 years, previously I was a stringer for the Associated Press, AllSport and Getty Images.
Harry Scull Jr., The Buffalo News
NPPA member since 2016