- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2007

Photographers at The Washington Times won 11 awards in the annual White House News Photographers Association “Eyes of History” contest that recognizes the best political, news and sports images produced by national news organizations.

Mary F. Calvert won first place for a portfolio of 32 pictures taken last year that offered insight into the stark realities of women in Third World countries, hearty camaraderie among military cadets and the pivotal moments of major politicians, among other subjects.

“I had the opportunity to work on stories this year that mattered, which could help take journalism back to what it should be — shining a light on those who have suffered greatly, or on life’s meaningful moments,” Ms. Calvert said yesterday.

She also won second place overall as Photographer of the Year and took first place in the pictorial category for “Monkey See, Monkey Do” — which caught a pair of sprightly simians in midleap atop a weathered wall.

Nancy Pastor won first place in the portrait category for her unusual photo of a woman who survived the September 11 attack on the Pentagon. It contrasts a fragile lace gown and the burned stump of the victim’s arm for powerful effect. Ms. Pastor also won honorable mention in the feature picture category for “Damas,” a portrait of three young women in pale blue gowns readying themselves for a quinceanera celebration.

Rod Lamkey Jr. won both second- and third-place awards in international news for a pair of images depicting two views of the war in Lebanon last August — a young American evacuee and a dead Palestinian boy laid out in the dust, surrounded by family.

Mr. Lamkey won second place in the Washington insiders category for his portrait of Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, arms folded and gaze steady, during a Democratic campaign appearance with then-Virginia Senate hopeful James H. Webb Jr. Mr. Lamkey also won honorable mention in the news picture story category for a group portrait of refugees during the war in Lebanon.

Joseph M. Eddins Jr. took second place in the sports picture story for “Rollermom,” chronicling the colorful transformation of a woman in a upstart female roller derby league in Baltimore, as she goes from home to rink.

Katie Falkenburg won honorable mention for her sports picture story depicting the exuberant rivalry between cadets and midshipmen at the annual Army-Navy football game. She also won an honorable mention in the Inside Washington category for a portrait of former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, sporting a jaunty fedora underneath a sky full of helicopters.

The competition included photojournalists from The Washington Post, the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report; winners will be honored at a gala in April to be attended by President Bush. All of the winning images can be seen online at the White House News Photographers Web site (www.whnpa.org).

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