Cooling off

It was a sweltering day with temperatures at 104-degrees with matching humidity. Of course, with that type of heat, why not play a day baseball game? The image was taken with my iPhone 4 and after a discussion with my boss and Virginian-Pilot Photo Director, Randy Greenwell, we deemed it acceptable for print. No app was used…I snapped it with the standard camera and then emailed it to myself. From there, I toned it as usual in PhotoShop on my MacBook Pro. I did it that way to ensure it’s authenticity. Randy and I both agreed that using any kind of photo app would then jeopardize it’s ethical standing. Thanks for looking.

Tides pitcher Chris George keeps cool with a cold towel in the dugout tunnel as the heat index reached 104-degrees during their game against Columbus, Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. The Tides fell to Columbus 6-5 in ten innings to close out the homestand. **CQ** (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Nice Timesland Portraits by Sam Dean

Every year the Roanoke Times photographers make a great series of portraits for their high school athletes of the year.  This year is no exception. Take a look at Sam Dean’s awesome portraits here or at the link below.

Little League

Went to a little league game several days ago for a Kids in Sports feature our sports page runs every Tuesday.

I forget how silly 7-9 year olds can get.  This is the first picture I took when I arrived.  I was completely drawn to how the kids were going bonkers in the dugout before their game as opposed to what occurred on the ball field.

Woodbridge Little League

2010 VNPA Annual Contest Winners

We finally had some time to sit down and put all these images together in a slideshow. Judges’ comments are available for download via the link below. Also below is a list of the winning multimedia story entries – hopefully we’ll get links up to those projects soon. Congrats to all the winning photographers, especially Leo Kim, 2010 best in show winner!

note: The judges opted to combine the Audio Slideshow and Video categories in the News categories due to a limited number of entries.

News Multimedia

  1. Leo Kim, Virginian-Pilot, “Our Longest War-Afghanistan”
  2. Eva Russo, Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Tent City-Haiti”
  3. John Boal, The News & Messenger, “Iwo Jima Vets”

Feature Video

  1. Kyle Green, Roanoke Times, “Bound by Love”
  2. Sam Dean, Roanoke Times, “Service”
  3. Kyle Green, Roanoke Times, “Fair”
  4. HM-Jeanna Duerscherl, Roanoke Times, “Autism”
  5. HM-Jeanna Duerscherl, Roanoke Times, “Laughter

Feature Sound Slide Show

  1. Bob Brown, Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Friday Night in Floyd”
  2. Jill Nance, Lynchburg News & Advance, “Loretta; I Believe”
  3. Jill Nance, Lynchburg News & Advance, “Special Needs, Special Driver”


  1. Amanda Lucier, Virginian-Pilot
  2. Ross Taylor, Virginian-Pilot
  3. Sam Dean, Roanoke Times
  4. HM-Leo Kim, Virginian-Pilot


I recently had the opportunity to travel with a local missions team to Somotillo, Nicaragua.  Although there to serve and be apart of the team, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph some of the beautiful people who call this struggling country home.  It was a growing experience to say the least.  A highlight for me was the opportunity we had to provide the villagers with family portraits.  In the area we were stationed, most people could go their whole lives without ever having a print of themselves and their families.  When we were fortunate enough to find electricity, we brought along a printer and set up a little photo studio.  The villagers expressed such joy when receiving their print.  As a person who values good documentation, I was thankful to be able to bless the people with these small mementos.  Click here for more photos and the story (yes, for some reason let me write) I was able to publish in The News & Advance.

Congrats to Preston Gannaway and Ross Taylor for their recent BOP wins!

Sorry that this is a few days late but the results are in for NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2011 Contest. Virginian-Pilot photographer Preston Gannaway places 2nd for Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets) click here to see her winning portfolio.  She also placed 2nd for Best Published Story (Larger Markets) for her story “Chosen Ones”. Ross Taylor also placed 2nd in the Local Portrait and Personality category for this beautiful portrait.  Take some time to look at Ross and Preston’s winning images and also the other winners, there was some really great work this year.