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 — who started on Tuesday as a summer intern at The New York Times — won the Cliff Edom “New 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.

A Chance In Hell: Inside A Combat Hospital In Afghanistan

Pilot reporter Corinne Reilly and photographer Ross Taylor spent two weeks this spring in Afghanistan with the staff of the NATO hospital in Kandahar. Their job is to save the most critical casualties in the most unforgiving war zone. Since 2001, more than 100 doctors, nurses and corpsmen from Portsmouth Naval Medical Center have served there.

Ross Taylor Podcast

Ross Taylor Podcast – APAD:

One of my favorite APADers, “an honest to goodness true photojournalist” Ross Taylor was interviewed by Robert Norman for his Connecticut PHODcast (Photographers of Distinction). Like Robert says, “Listen up and you may learn something.”