McDonogh, Cook, Win Top Kentucky POY Honors

LOUISVILLE, KY - Pat McDonogh of the Louisville Courier-Journal won the title of 2005 Still Photographer of the Year, an WAVE-TV’s Drew Cook, an NPPA member, was named 2005 Television Photographer of the Year at this year’s Kentucky News Photographers Association seminar and contest this weekend in Louisville, KY, KNPA president Joe Imel said.

“We had a great seminar weekend with more than 120 students and professionals attending,” Imel reported.

NPPA member David Stephenson of the Lexington Herald-Leader was the still photography runner-up, and NPPA member Scott Utterback of WAVE-TV was the television runner-up. Stephenson also won the Sports Photographer of the Year title, and the runner-up in the Sports POY category was Andy Lyons of Getty Images.

The KNPA College POY award was won by Christian Hansen, a student at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and the runner-up was NPPA member Jim Winn, a December graduate of WKU.

For the second year in a row, WAVE-TV won Station of the Year honors for the Louisville market, and WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY, won SOY honors for markets outside Louisville.

The Lexington Herald-Leader won Newspaper of the Year for papers with circulation more than 25,000, and The Daily News in Bowling Green, KY, won Newspaper of the Year for papers with circulation less than 25,000.

Seminar speakers included Vincent Laforet, a contract photographer for The New York Times; Susan Biddle of The Washington Post; freelance photographer Amy Toensing from Philadelphia, PA; independent Washington, DC, television producer Ray Farkas; and KUSA-TV’s Corky Scholl, who is the NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year.