Herald photographers collect top honors

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Ashley Schaus and her younger sister, Hannah, are inseparable. When Will Seaton proposed to Ashley early last year, he also proposed to Hannah, asking her to be his best friend forever. This image was part of Herald photographer Sarah Ann Jump's winning portfolio.

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BLOOMINGTON — Herald photographer Sarah Ann Jump was named 2017 Indiana Photographer of the Year for the second year in a row this weekend.


The award, given for the best portfolio of photographs from 2017, was part of the judging at the Indiana News Photographers Association contest in Bloomington.

Herald visuals editor Dave Weatherwax placed third in the same category. Second place was awarded to Indianapolis Star photographer Mykal McEldowney.

In total, Jump and Weatherwax, along with Herald photographer Brittney Lohmiller and former Herald photographer Alisha Jucevic, combined to win 18 awards.

Jump was also awarded first place in the feature story category and Best of Show for her “Sisterly Love” story about Ashley Schaus and her younger sister, Hannah. The same story was recently awarded third place in the Pictures of the Year International contest.

Jump’s other awards included a second-place in the Community Awareness category, a feature story honorable mention, a first-place sports story, first- and second-place and honorable mention sports feature photos, first-place and honorable mention feature photo and first-place and honorable mention portrait personality.

Lohmiller was awarded first-place pictorial and third-place feature photo.

Jucevic was awarded second-place sports story.

Weatherwax’s “Long Road Home” story was also awarded the John Alhauser Award, a prize given for the best long-term project.

Also receiving awards was current Herald intern Marlena Sloss. She received three awards for work she did during her time as the Evansville Courier & Press intern in the second half of 2017. Sloss, who is a graduate student at Ohio University, began interning at The Herald in January of this year.

The judges for the contest were Erin Hooley of the Chicago Tribune, Brad Vest of The Commercial Appeal and David Stephenson of the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky.

The Herald’s winning images can be viewed at indiananewsphotographers.org.

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