New York Daily News photographers capture New York Press Photographers Association awards

Picture this: The Daily News’ ace team of photographers won numerous awards for gripping images captured on the streets of New York City. Newsers Marcus Santos and James Keivom each scored first-place honors from the New York Press Photographers Association. Santos won in the Spot News category for his shot of disturbed GQ cover boy Krit McClean, 21, who took off his clothes and had a surreal standoff with cops in June. Santos’ image captured the buck-naked model with his hands in the air as he stood atop the red staircase in the center of the Crossroads of the World. A large ad for the musical “Kinky Boots” appears in the background. Keivom was recognized in General News for his photograph in August capturing the emotional scene at the funeral for Queens Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, shot in the street. The intense image shows the anguish and anger among New Yorkers who suspected the shooting was a hate crime motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment. Todd Maisel won second place in the Animals category for his moving photo of NYPD Detective William Hernandez, 46, carrying his canine partner, Duke, 13, into a Staten Island veterinarian’s office in May to be euthanized. Other K-9 unit officers saluted, with their German shepherds at their sides, as Hernandez walked past them carrying Duke. Debbie Egan-Chin won second place in the Pictorial category for her sexy photo of a dancer in an underground strip club run out of an apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The pic, for which the dancer requested anonymity, captured the secretive, psychedelic scene run entirely by women. Photos by Anthony DelMundo, Susan Watts and Robert Sabo were also honored by the association. Former Newser Julia Xanthos-Liddy was lauded as well. In all, the organization cited a whopping 31 News photographs. The New York Press Photographers Association was founded in 1915. Continue Reading

Daily News photographers snap up 27 prizes at New York Press Photographers Association 2015 Year in Pictures Awards

Daily News photographers snapped up 27 prizes at the 81st Annual New York Press Photographers Association 2015 Year in Pictures Awards, including several top prizes in Spot News, General News and picture stories. There were more than 7000 images in the NYPPA contest from more than 70 photographers from throughout the metropolitan area. News photographer James Keivom took home nine top prizes and Todd Maisel was awarded eight. Keivom won first place in General News for his moving photo of Detective Joseph Lemm’s funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Dec. 30. Lemm was killed in Afganistan by terrorists. Maisel won first place in Spot News for his heart-rending photo of children at a window in Canarsie, Brooklyn crying for help as firefighters fought a blaze in their home on Aug. 2. Daily News photographers Anthony DelMundo, Robert Sabo, Julia Xanthos, Joe Marino and Debbie Egan-Chin also won awards. Other contributors included Bryan Pace, Bryan Smith, Norman Lono, Go Nakamura, Gardiner Anderson and Bruce Cotler. Patrick Carroll, who spent more than 40 years with The News before retiring, took two digital media awards. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Daily News photographers take home 38 awards in NYPPA contest

Daily News photographers took home a staggering 38 awards — including top honors in four categories — in this year’s New York Press Photographers Association contest. Staffers at The News won first prize in the spot news, general news, national/international news and Instagram categories. Photographers at “New York’s Picture Newspaper” also garnered three second-place prizes, three third-place awards, 14 honorable mentions and 14 exhibit awards. James Keivom won first place in both the general news and national/international news categories for striking, emotional shots of mourners at two vigils — one in Harlem and the other for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Joe Marino won first prize in spot news for his powerful photo of a Brooklyn woman doubled over in grief after a family member was fatally stabbed. Julia Xanthos took top honors in the Instagram category, with a photo shared on the social network of a woman slurping noodles inside a Santa Fe, N.M., five-and-dime shop. Other News winners included Mark Bonifacio, Debbie Egan-Chin, Pearl Gabel, David Handschuh, Todd Maisel, Robert Sabo and Andrew Theodorakis. Awards for best in show and photographer of the year will be announced at an awards dinner this spring. Continue Reading

Steve Bannon’s rise forces Breitbart News out of the shadows, and the basement

WASHINGTON —  Breitbart News has stepped out of the fringes of American politics and is now, quite literally, moving out of the basement as well.The bare-knuckled conservative news organization has moved its office out of the house where former chief Steve Bannon lived, has begun to reluctantly disclose its ownership, and, in its quest for official recognition, may even go so far as to publicly declare who runs the place.Breitbart has for the past several years operated, basically, out of Bannon’s house. Bannon was the executive chairman of Breitbart News and the ideological engine behind the site’s bareknuckled anti-immigration, anti-government ideology. He and the site both operated out of a townhouse on Capitol Hill a couple of blocks behind the Supreme Court. It became known as the "Breitbart Embassy," site of lavish parties upstairs and the typing of a staff of young reporters downstairs, whom Bannon  referred to as "the Valkyries."But then Bannon became Trump’s campaign manager last summer and is now chief strategist in the White House.Breitbart is rising with Bannon and is now trying to become a credentialed member of the Senate Daily Press Gallery, joining The New York Times, USA TODAY and other mainstream news outlets. This would given them access to the Capitol that is on par with congressional staff. It would also allow them to participate in White House "pools," providing coverage of events to the rest of the press corps when space for reporters is limited.But membership in that club requires a level of transparency Breitbart News has long shunned. The office location is the first hurdle. Breitbart News has declared the Breitbart Embassy as its office address, but that is not really true.The Embassy is still the official address of Breitbart’s Washington Bureau, but “since the summer we have been transitioning people out of the house,” said spokesman Chad Continue Reading

Daily News photographers snap up 30 awards in New York Press Photographer’s Association contest

Daily News photographers snapped up an impressive 30 awards - including top honors in four categories - in this year's New York Press Photographer's Association contest. Proving once again The News has the best pictures in town, our photographers dominated the field, winning first prize in the general news, feature, sports feature and editorial illustration categories. In addition, News photographers took home three second- place and three third-place awards, as well as eight honorable mentions and 12 exhibit awards. "This talented team of photographers carries on the long Daily News tradition of excellence in photojournalism and we are delighted to see their work honored by the NYPPA," said Daily News Managing Editor for Photography Gretchen Viehmann. "It's a privilege to work with them all," she said. Among the winners: - Debbie Egan-Chin took first prize for general news for her photo of 2-year-old Aiyden Foster's anguished aunt weeping in the rain after he was allegedly killed by his mother's boyfriend for failing to say his ABCs correctly. In all, Egan-Chin took home three awards. - James Keivom won first place in sports feature for showing boxer Philip Jackson Benson's face of victory after knocking out an opponent in a super middleweight bout in July. Keivom scored a total of four awards. - Craig Warga took top honors in the feature photography category for his picture of jubilant schoolchildren running through a downpour. Warga was honored with three awards. Other top winners at The News included Ron Antonelli and Robert Sabo, who each won three awards, and Todd Maisel, David Handschuh, Linda Rosier, Anthony DelMundo, Jefferson Siegel and Pat Carroll, who each won two. Julia Xanthos was awarded first prize and an honorable mention in the contest’s multimedia short form category. The NYPPA, which was founded in 1915 and is the nation's oldest press association, judged photos from 2010 submitted by newspapers and organizations Continue Reading

Daily News wins 32 awards in annual ‘Year in Pictures’ contest

The Daily News took home 32 awards from the New York Press Photographers Association's annual "Year in Pictures" contest.News staff photographer Robert Sabo was honored for six photographs, including a portrait of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.Staff photographers Todd Maisel, David Handschuh and Ron Antonelli won four awards each.Staff photographer Debbie Egan-Chin won second place in the general news category for her heartrending photo of Lenny Rosado, whose 11-year-old daughter was killed by a drunken driver in October.In all, 15 Daily News photographers were honored among more than 2,000 entries.The top awards, Best in Show and the Photographer of the Year, will be announced at an awards dinner at Terrace on the Park on June 11. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Daily News fotogs score big at New York Press Photographers Awards

The Daily News once again scored big in this year's New York Press Photographers awards, snapping up 36 prizes, including five first-place wins.Staff photographers and freelancers scooped up the top prize in five of the 16 categories up for grabs, including Spot News, General News, and News and Feature Picture Story. A panel of judges picked the winners in the 74th annual awards in Brooklyn over the weekend. The big winners for New York's Hometown Newspaper included Todd Maisel, who won first place in the Spot News category for his photo of a stabbing on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, and Susan Watts' image from a police officer's funeral, which earned the top prize in the General News category. A photo of a shrouded plaque of baseball legend Babe Ruth by Julia Xanthos topped the Face of New York category, and Robert Sabo won best News Picture Story for his series of images from Pope Benedict's visit to New York. Enid Alvarez's shot of a woman with a small dog draped over her shoulder won Best Photo in the Animal category. The images, which appeared in New York's Hometown Newspaper, were from the past 12 months covering news and events around the city and beyond. Other Daily News winners included Ron Antonelli, who took second place for his shot of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's reaction to President Obama's victory in November, and Bryan Smith, who earned an honorable mention for his series of images of horse racing at Saratoga. Photographers Debbie Egan-Chin, Craig Warga, David Handschuh and James Keivom also received honorable mentions or exhibit awards. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Rapid growth for Spanish-speaking news

TEANECK, N.J. — On an evening its rivals were preoccupied with Christie Brinkley's divorce and the capture of a Brooklyn murder suspect, New York's WXTV led its local news with a story about graffiti saying "Get out of the USA" painted near a Peruvian restaurant on Long Island. The Spanish-speaking Univision affiliate figured it was a more meaningful story for its audience, and those kind of choices are paying off. Within the past few months, WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast has eclipsed its English-speaking competitors on ABC, CBS and NBC stations in popularity among viewers younger than 49. Sister station KMEX in Los Angeles had more viewers in June for its newscast than any of its English competitors, regardless of age, according to Nielsen Media Research. Spanish-speaking news outlets all across the country have grown to become major players in their markets and all trends indicate that growth is only going to continue. "It talks about how the United States is changing," said Ray Rodriguez, president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications Inc., the stations' parent company. "It's a bigger story than just television." In the New York market, for example, there were 2.7 million Hispanics in 1990 and 4.3 million this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Ramon Pineda, general manager of WXTV, stands in front of an enlarged map of that market that hangs on his office wall, pointing to different neighborhoods and how they are changing. Spanish Harlem used to be largely Puerto Rican and now is dominated by Mexican immigrants. The Bronx has mostly Puerto Ricans, Colombians have settled in Queens and Brooklyn has Mexicans. The old Cuban neighborhoods of Union City, N.J., now have Mexicans and other Central Americans. Most of the population growth has come in suburbs like Westchester County and Long Island. It's his business to know these details, both for the news his station covers and to show advertisers that there's more of a Continue Reading


THE DAILY NEWS WON four major prizes at the New York Association of Black Journalists 18th Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner held at Columbia University last night. New York's Hometown Paper swept the competition by taking all three awards for the Spot News/General News category for newspapers with a circulation of more than 150,000 circulation. Reporter Tamer El-Ghobashy took first place for Spot News/General News and won the Griot Award - the competition's highest honor - for his coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Photographers Michael Appleton and Linda Rosier, and editors Mark Mooney, John Oswald, Kieran O'Leary and Tracy Connor also were recognized for their contributions to the coverage. Austin Fenner, Dave Goldiner, Joe Mahoney and Connor snagged second place for their coverage of the passage of Vasean's Law, which toughened penalties against drunken drivers. Leslie Casimir took third place for her story about an abduction in Haiti last July. Editor Maite Junco also was honored for the piece. Other notable prizes included a set of lifetime achievement awards given to legendary photographer Gordon Parks, editor and author Roy Johnson, and Valerie Morris of CNN. Gil Noble of WABC-TV won the Community Service Award. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


DAILY NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS dominated the city's premier photo contest - taking 28 awards and garnering the top spots in several of the most competitive categories. The 2006 New York Press Photographers Association honored Debbie Egan-Chin with eight awards, including first and second place in General News, and the second and third prizes in Spot News. She also won top prize in the Face of New York category. Todd Maisel took first place in Spot News, while David Handschuh won second place honors in the Face of New York category. The News' photographers also won rave reviews for their work following Hurricane Katrina. Michael Appleton won second prize in the News Picture Story category for his searing images documenting the devastating hurricane's aftermath. Craig Warga took home the top prize in International News for a shot displaying New Orleans in ruins. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading