- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 6, 2002

The Washington Times won 19 awards in the 2002 "Eyes of History" newspaper photography competition sponsored by the White House News Photographers' Association, capturing first place in two categories, and two awards each in the second- and third-place categories.
Mary F. Calvert won top honors in the picture story feature division for "Casanova," a series of color vignettes chronicling the adventures of a dapper octogenerian determined to revive romance in his life following the death of his wife.
"I met him and was immediately impressed by his love of life, his vigor, and his appreciation of women in general," said Ms. Calvert. "I took the pictures, but I also made a new friend. And I learned that life doesn't end at 40 or 80, for that matter."
In the domestic news category, Gerald Herbert won first place for "Scatter," a startling black and white photograph of rescue workers amid smoke and rubble, taken shortly after a highjacked airliner hit the Pentagon on September 11.
"I was driving on the parkway toward Washington, trying to get a train to New York that morning," Mr. Herbert recalled. "Then the plane hit. I parked, I was running with a ton of gear. With a situation like this, you must stay focused, stay calm, keep methodical. I got this shot just as word came that another plane might also crash at the site."
Maya Alleruzzo won second place in the domestic news category for "Gun Club," a dramatically framed portrait of a child whose eyes are trained upon the service revolver of a Metro Transit Police officer during a funeral.
Ms. Calvert won the second-place award in the insider's Washington category for "Waiting in the wings," a tense moment in the White House Press Office on President Bush' 100th day in office.
In the Washington portrait category, Rod A. Lamkey Jr. won third place for "Money man," a stark vision of Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, photographed with only his eyes in the frame, but the eyes tell everything.
Mr. Herbert won third place for "Brick laborers" in the picture story feature category. His series of a dozen black and white photographs details the tough determination of Pakistani refugees who make bricks in the old manner, beset by the elements and fatigue. In addition, Mr. Herbert also won third place in the portfolio category.
Four other Times photographers won awards of excellence in multiple categories, including Jessica Tefft, Astrid Riecken and Ross D. Franklin. Their subjects includes sports action, sports/recreation, presidential, insiders Washington, features, news, pictorial, domestic news and picture story news.
New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley, formerly a photographer for The Washington Times, was named photographer of the year.
"We have experienced an incredible news year in pictures," said Alan Zlotky, The Times' director of photography. "We prove our commitment to covering local, national and international news every day by telling those compelling stories through our photographs. It's an honor to win so many awards in such a prestigious contest."
Said Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Times: "If a picture is worth a thousand words and I'm not sure our reporters would necessarily agree with that the readers of The Times get a million dollars worth every morning. We've always put an emphasis on getting just the right photograph to illustrate the news, and we couldn't do that without the talent and dedication of the best photography team in the business."


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