Pittsburgh Post-Gazette visuals staff members collected 10 awards, including Photographer of the Year, at The Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest judged Jan. 26-27, 2018, at City University of New York.
Steph Chambers won Photographer of the Year with a collection of images and video ranging from WPIAL football, to Attila Domos’ world record cycling attempt, to a Major League Baseball umpire saving a woman from jumping off the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
“My favorite thing about photojournalism is making people feel valued,” says Ms. Chambers. “Even with something as simple as a high school football game, this could be the greatest moment of their life. And if they don’t win, I still want to show others their heart and passion, which is more inspiring than winning in itself.”
Stephanie Strasburg placed in five categories with stories including an in-depth study on Western Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic and Pittsburgh-based Alcoa’s impact on Suriname.
Multimedia editor Steve Mellon, reporter Rich Lord, web designer Zack Tanner and photojournalist Strasburg placed in the Team Multimedia category for their in-depth package that looked at one block in a Pittsburgh neighborhood impacted by opioids, “Life and Death on Santron Ave.”
“I’m grateful every day for the people that allow us to share their stories — the happy, the sad, and all the in between. Our region is rich with a complex history, and every day we try to add a little more to the document of the human experience here. If I can make someone relate to or care about someone they’ve never met, that’s a successful day at work.” Ms. Strasburg says.
The contest is for National Press Photographers Association members in the Mid-Atlantic, New York/International and New England regions.