Herald photographers honored in state contest

Photo by Traci Westcott/The Herald
Clayton Sickbert, 8, of Holland, relaxes in a cattle trough while Mark McAninch, 9, of St. Henry, and his brother, Gus, 5, watch from inside the beef barn at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds on July 16, 2019, in Bretzville, Indiana. Mark and Gus then joined Clayton in the trough, the boys calling it their "Cowboy Jacuzzi," after a friend called it such.
Winner of an honorable mention in the Feature category and part of Westcott's second-place Community Awareness Portfolio.


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BLOOMINGTON — The Herald photography staff earned 16 awards this weekend.

The awards, recognizing the best photographs from 2019, were part of the judging at the Indiana News Photographers Association contest in Bloomington.

Herald chief photographer Sarah Ann Jump was named 2019 Runner-up Indiana Photographer of the Year.

Evansville Courier & Press photographer Sam Owens was named the Photographer of the Year and Courier & Press Visuals Coach Denny Simmons placed third.

Photo by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Southridge's Chaney Barrett, left, Leah O'Brien, Dori Sherer and Anna Hewitt high-five and cheer before the 400-yard freestyle relay race during the girls swimming and diving sectional championship at the Jasper High School Natatorium. Part of Jump's first place Community Awareness Portfolio.



Herald staff photographer Marlena Sloss and former interns Traci Westcott and Kaiti Sullivan also received awards.

Jump, Westcott and Sloss swept the Community Awareness Portfolio category, which is awarded for “a body of work that demonstrates an unusual understanding of and appreciation for everyday life.” Jump’s portfolio featured images of girls preparing to compete in high school sports, 4-H and dance competitions. Westcott’s portfolio was a collection of moments, including Southridge’s trip to the state baseball championship, Schnellville’s mud volleyball tournament and Jasper Strassenfest. Sloss’s portfolio spotlighted local marching bands practicing and competing at the local and state levels.

Photo by Marlena Sloss/The Herald
Forest Park High School sophomore Adam Weyer, left, sophomore Zach Hedinger, senior Makayla McKim, and senior Kylie Lueken do a cheer during warm-ups at the ISSMA state marching band finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Nov. 9, 2019. The Marching Rangers placed second in Class D. Part of Sloss's third-place Community Awareness Portfolio.

The judges for the contest were Josh Bickel of The Columbus Dispatch, Jim Weber of The Daily Memphian and Taylor Glascock, a freelance photographer in Chicago.

Former Herald intern Daniel Vasta recently received an Award of Excellence in the Pictures of the Year International competition in the Sports Life category for a photo of Kade Greulich at a Forest Park High School baseball game.

Photo by Daniel Vasta/The Herald
Kade Greulich, 3, uses a stick to swing at a baseball during a varsity game at Forest Park High School in Ferdinand, IN, April 16, 2019. Winner of an Award of Excellence in the Pictures of the Year International competition in the Sports Life category.


Photo by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Aspiring special effects makeup artist Becca Schitter, 18, makes videos to post to social media with her completed zombie look in her bedroom at her Jasper home on Oct. 17, 2019. "I always take a smiling photo for my grandma so she knows I'm OK," Becca said. "I pull it off so that people know it's fake." Winner of first place in the Portrait Personality category.
Photo by Traci Westcott/The Herald
Spencer County Sheriff, Kelli Reinke works alongside other area officers in an active-shooting training simulation in an abandoned building on June, 3, 2019 in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Reinke, the first elected female sheriff in Spencer County, has had to overcome stereotypes about females being capable and competent within the police force. "There's still some people that feel women don't belong in this profession. All you can do is do your job, and however they see you, they see you," Reinke said. Part of Westcott's third place News Story.


Photo by Kaiti Sullivan/The Herald
Maggie Villarreal, center, watches from the hospital bed as Randy holds their newborn son, Roméo, while the family visits him the day after he was born at Memorial Hospital in Jasper on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Part of Sullivan's honorable mention Feature Story.
Photo by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Oak Ridge Amish School seventh-grader and pitcher Janet Wagler fields the ball as Southridge High School senior Gina Flores runs to first during the annual softball game at Oak Ridge Amish School near Odon on April 16, 2019. Oak Ridge seventh- and eighth-graders defeated the Southridge seniors 21-11. Winner of third place in the Sports Feature category.

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