RJ Sangosti, David Weatherwax Picked As BOP's Photojournalists Of The Year

RJ Sangosti of The Denver Post was today named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2013 Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets), and David Weatherwax of The Herald, in Jasper, IN, was selected as the Photojournalist

Patrick Smith, a Baltimore-based freelancer shooting freelance for Getty Images, is the Sports Photojournalist of the Year. The runner-up is Quinn Rooney, shooting for Getty Images, and third place is Bill Frakes of Sports Illustrated

A Prize-Winner's Personal Insight

Ross Taylor learned how personal experience gave him insight into the lives of his subjects. On Tuesday, he was named a Photojournalist of the Year in the National Press Photographers Association awards.

The National Press Photographers Association announced on Tuesday its final group of Best of Photojournalism 2012 winners. Ross Taylor of The Virginian-Pilot was chosen Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets), and David Weatherwax of The Herald, in Jasper, Ind., was named Photojournalist of the Year (Smaller Markets). The freelance photographer Donald Miralle was chosen as the Sports Photojournalist of the Year, and Brad Vest β€” who started on Tuesday as a summer intern at The New York Times β€” won the Cliff Edom β€œNew America Award.”

Ross Taylor, David Weatherwax, Picked As BOP’s Photojournalists Of The Year

"I love being a part of photojournalism," he told News Photographer magazine, somewhat overcome emotionally by the news of his win. "I love what I do and I believe in what we do. It's been a long road to this point." What Taylor means by that is that he is deeply able to empathize with the subjects of "The Thin Line," his economic story. "I was laid off in 2005 (from the Herald-Sun in Durham, NC) and unemployed for 15 months. Nobody was hiring me and I was really scared that I'd never get to be a part of this again." It was the beginning of the big wave of layoffs across American newspapers. Taylor was eventually hired by The Hartford Courant, and then two-and-a-half years ago he joined The Virginian-Pilot staff.