Photographers from The Washington Times recently were awarded several prizes in an annual national contest, including the top prize for a collection of photos that exhibit a photographer's skill and versatility.
Katie Falkenberg won a first-place prize in the White House News Photographers Association's Eyes of History 2010 contest for her portfolio, which was required to "show the breadth and versatility of an entrant's work and ... demonstrate skill in a variety of categories including politics."
A portfolio must contain at least 22 photographs and no more than 35.
Ms. Falkenberg also won second-place prizes for portrait/personality and for feature photography, a third-place prize for picture story and an award of excellence for Washington insiders photos.
The awards mean "a lot to me, but what really meant a lot to me was the opportunity to work on stories at The Washington Times that were [on] important issues to the country," she said, noting that photos about health care reform and mountaintop removal were included in her portfolio.
Being able to tell the stories of real people was also deeply gratifying, said Ms. Falkenberg, who now is a freelance photographer and owner- operator of KatieFalkenberg Photography.com.
She worked as a staff photographer at The Times from June 2006 to December 2009.
Other Times winners in the White House News Photographers Association contest:
• Allison Shelley, third-place prize for sports action photos.
• Astrid Riecken, third-place prize for Capitol Hill photographs and an award of excellence for domestic news.
• Mary F. Calvert, an award of excellence for feature photography.
Established in 1941, the contest aims to commend the best in photojournalism in a variety of coverage areas, not just the White House.