- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Washington Times photography staff has won 13 awards in “The Eyes of History 2006,” a contest sponsored annually by the White House News Photographers Association.

Liz O. Baylen took second place in the picture story feature category for “Lost at Camp,” which depicted a trying moment in the lives of three dutiful young women at a summer weight-loss camp.

“I’m a story hound. I meet people, we talk about their lives, and I try to experience as much of that life as I can. I try to live it with them,” Miss Baylen said. “Then I wait. I wait for the moments to happen which best speak of that person and their experiences.”

Rodney Lamkey Jr. was awarded third place in the same category for “Rural America Under the Influence,” a stark portrait of a tattooed and shirtless methamphetamine addict.

Allison Shelley won second place in the pictorial category for “Cavalia,” a striking composition showcasing a performing circus horse in midroll.

Mr. Lamkey took third place in that category for “John’s Amazing Grace,” a poignant portrait of a 101-year-old war veteran living in a homeless shelter. In addition, Mr. Lamkey received an award of excellence in that category for “Ronald’s House,” illustrating a hurricane-ravaged McDonald’s restaurant in Mississippi.

In the portrait personality category, Miss Baylen won third place for “Picturing a Mentor,” highlighting the very personal vision of a young black artist, plus an award of excellence for “Not of My Own Skin,” which showed the realities of a drastic, 150-pound weight loss. Miss Shelley also won an award of excellence for “Orphans,” earned for work completed shortly before she joined the Times. The photo depicted children in Kenya who had been orphaned by AIDS.

Mary F. Calvert won third place in the presidential category for “Lost in the Storm,” a compelling portrait of President Bush receiving an update about Hurricane Katrina last year.

J.M. Eddins Jr. received an award of excellence in the feature category for “Meat Popsicles,” capturing the frigid ballet between stalwart locals and the Chesapeake Bay during a “polar bear” plunge last January. Miss Baylen also won an award of excellence for “The Last Supper,” depicting aging artists in a nursing home before their collective painting of Jesus Christ’s final repast.

Nancy Pastor won an award of excellence in the domestic news category for her portrait of mourners at civil rights icon Rosa Park’s funeral. Mr. Eddins also received an award of excellence for “Mother’s Nightmare,” capturing the moment when a parent arrived at the funeral of a child who had been killed.

The association was founded in 1921 by still- and motion-picture photographers who covered political newsmakers around the globe. Based in Washington, the association has more than 500 members affiliated with major newspapers, magazines, wire services and broadcast news organizations.

The winners were announced Sunday. Their work can be seen at the group’s Web site, www.whnpa.org.

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