The Dallas Morning News Amateur Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year Awards 2014 Judges

Tom Fox, Chair, <i>The Dallas Morning News</i> Photographer of the Year

Panel Chair - Tom Fox Staff Photographer, The Dallas Morning News

As a photojournalist, I’ve has spent 26 years experiencing the lives of others and sharing their stories through my camera. Every day is different, bringing with it new possibilities and an opportunity for creativity.

I was honored to be a part of a small team of photographers at The Dallas Morning News who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. I have also been recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors as the Photojournalist of the Year and Star Photographer of the Year by the Texas Headliner’s Foundation. Over the years, I’ve received accolades from POYi, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and National Headliners Foundation.

I go home to an artistic household. I’m married to a writer and my daughter is a budding student of the arts who loves both still and video photography.

I’ve also worked as a staff photographer for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and photo editor/chief photographer for The Arlington Morning News.

Hometown: Austin, MN

Michael Ainsworth, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Michael AinsworthPhotographer and Photojournalist

I was born in Houston, Texas but spent seven years of my childhood in Colombia, South America, before my family returned to Fort Worth. In my middle school years I was a member of the Texas Boys Choir and toured the Unites States, singing at concerts. Afterwards I earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts.

I graduated from Eastern Hills High School and then The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in journalism. While at UTA , I was a member of the school newspaper, “The Shorthorn”.

After many years of freelancing at The Arlington Daily News and the Mid-Cities Daily News and working part time at The Dallas Morning News, I was hired full-time at TDMN. I eventually started covering all the hurricanes that could impact Texas, and that led to The Dallas Morning News being honored to receive the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

I have had images published in Newsweek, Time, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated and have won some awards for my photography, including Sports and News awards in Picture of the Year International contests and for Sports Action in the Baseball Hall of Fame competition.

Vernon Bryant, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Vernon Bryant Staff Photographer The Dallas Morning News

Vernon Bryant is a native Texan. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism. Bryant has been a staff photographer with The Dallas Morning News for 14 years. He was a former intern for USA TODAY, Austin American-Statesman and The Dallas Morning News.

He was hired at The Dallas Morning News after his internship during his final year in college. Bryant has been there ever since. He shoots stills and video for the paper in subjects that range from sports, news, portraiture and documentary.

Louis DeLuca, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Louis DeLucaPhotojournalist, Staff Photographer The Dallas Morning News

Louis DeLuca is a Senior Staff Photographer at The Dallas Morning News, where he has worked since 1992. He is a five-time NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year, and also a five-time runner-up for the honor. He has also worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Dallas Times Herald and the Shreveport Journal in his 28-year career. He is married and has four children.

Ahna Hubnik , Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Ahna Hubnik Educator and Photojournalist

Ahna Hubnik is a photographer and videographer currently on staff with The University of North Texas. Since earning a degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, Hubnik has worked for non-profit organizations, magazines, and newspaper in a variety of positions, including photographer, producer, writer, and editor. She worked as a photo and video editor with The Dallas Morning News, were she was the recipient of a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for her editorial work on the story, “Unending Battle,” and a 2011 Lone Star Emmy Award her contribution to “Among the Wounded."

Eugene Jabbour, Competitive Cameras

Eugene Jabbour Competitive Cameras

Eugene started in the camera business working with his father at the age of 7. When he was not in school, Eugene worked at the camera store in Garland or took pictures for the St. Mark’s publications. He continued to work at Competitive Cameras during his college education at SMU. To date, Eugene runs the day to day operations at Competitive Cameras and continues to take pictures of his family and travels.

Andy Jacobsohn, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Andy Jacobsohn Staff Photographer at The Dallas Morning News

Andy Jacobsohn, a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News, is a recent transfer to Texas via New York City. The native Floridian and University of Central Florida alumnus previously joined The News as an intern in 2010 and 2011. Between 2011 and returning in April 2014, he was a staff photographer at Newsday, and a photo editor at Major League Baseball and the former Newsweek Daily Beast. He enjoys exploring a new part of the country, various outdoor activities, readings on United States history and plans made in the Sunshine State that go horribly wrong.

Kye R. Lee, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Kye R. Lee Photographer, Staff Photographer The Dallas Morning News

Kye R. Lee, a native of Seoul, Korea, joined The Dallas Morning News as a staff photographer in September 2005 and then expanded his portfolio a year later to include video documentaries.

Before joining The News, Lee studied commercial photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. After graduating, he worked as a producer/art director at the Cheil Communications advertising agency in Seoul. But after starting at Cheil, Lee began to realize his first love was photojournalism.

So Lee decided to quit his job and become the first member of his family to relocate to the United States. He attended Ohio University and graduated with a master’s degree specializing in photojournalism in 2002. He then joined the Herald News in West Paterson, N.J., shortly thereafter.

His portfolio is versatile in both still photos and video and includes stories, essays, features, news, food, events, portraits and fashion.

He was one of three recipients of the 2008 Online Journalism Awards in Investigative category as a team for the series "Unequal Justice,” and 2008 National Headliner Award in Newspaper Affiliated Online Journalism with the same series. He also received a 2008 Lone Star Emmy Award with his video portfolio, called “It’s Their Own Stories.”

Lee now lives in Keller, Texas, with his lovely wife Ji-Young Lee.

Gerry McCarthy , Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

G.J. "Gerry" McCarthy Photo Editor, The Dallas Morning News

G.J. "Gerry" McCarthy joined The Dallas Morning News' photography staff in the summer of 2007. Prior to that, he worked at newspapers in the Midwest and northeast Texas. Gerry is a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas' School of Journalism, and grew up in Laredo, Texas. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Michelle, their son, Morris, and a couple of good-for-nothing cats. Whenever he writes in the third person, he thinks in a stuffy-sounding British accent.

Thao Nguyen, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Thao Nguyen Photographer

Thao Nguyen's love of photography started in high school when she picked up her brother's point and shoot and shot her first track meet. From there she started working for the weekly town paper and then graduated and went on to attend Syracuse University. Thao graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science and has been freelancing ever since. She currently live in Austin, Texas and has freelanced for several individuals, organizations, and newspapers, including but not limited to the Austin American-Statesman, Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, and The Dallas Morning News. Her portfolio is versatile and includes personal stories, portraits, weddings, travel, families, events, news, and artistic expression.

Allison Slomowitz, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Allison Slomowitz Educator and Photojournalist

Allison Slomowitz is a freelance photojournalist and Adjunct Professor at Eastfield College. Her photographs can be seen in The Dallas Morning News, and have been published in Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Gate, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications from St. Edward’s University and her Master’s in Photojournalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. After her Master’s degree, she accepted a photo editing internship with The Washington Post, where she worked with staff photographer’s images, as well as wire images. It was here, that confirmed her love for photo editing and image research. Allison currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where she was born and raised. Her studies and job opportunities have taken her across the country and even the pond, to England. She is happy to once again, call Dallas her home.

Ben Torres, Judge, The Dallas Morning News Photographer of the Year

Ben Torres Photographer

Ben Torres Jr. is a freelance photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He received a journalism degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and was hired as a staff photographer for the Spanish language newspaper Al Dia, published by The Dallas Morning News. After working as a staff photographer for two years, he began to freelance full-time with The Dallas Morning News. He has shot assignments throughout Texas for the Associated Press, The New York Times, Getty Images and Bloomberg News.

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