One Photographer's Love Letter to Appalachia - Feature Shoot

Erik, Athens Hubie Bobo Lane, Chauncey The Ohio photographer Rich-Joseph Facun remembers the exact day he started work on Black Diamonds: January 5th, 2018. He saw a stranger while leaving…

The Ohio photographer Rich-Joseph Facun remembers the exact day he started work on Black Diamonds: January 5th, 2018. He saw a stranger while leaving his doctor’s office, and he stopped briefly to greet him. “As we talked a little more, I began to get annoyed with myself,” the photographer remembers. “I knew I should photograph him.” After some consideration, he did, and he’s been sharing stories from the towns of Appalachian Ohio ever since.

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UPDATE: Rich-Joseph Facun won first place in general news reporting for this image of 5-year-old Evan Burgoon watching for his father at Oceana Naval Air Station.

Stephen M. Katz of The Virginian-Pilot was named the newspaper photographer of the year Friday night, taking the top honor in the 65th Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition.

“We’re extremely proud of the collection of images that Stephen put together,” said Randall Greenwell, director of photography for The Pilot, which is published by Landmark Communications Inc. “We knew that he had an excellent year and this honor certainly confirms it.”

Check it out here.