The Kentucky News Photographers Association finished up its seminar and contest this past weekend. And like most years, I left feeling revived, optimistic, and humbled. This year I was especially pessimistic about the competition and had let myself be affected by the negativity in the industry. No doubt it has been a rough few years for journalists and Kentucky hasn’t been spared. Whenever I spoke with photographers around the state, the talk was almost always negative and filled with stories of what the news industry has done to hasten their own demise. There is no journalist in this state who felt secure this year and I’m confident it has had an impact on the way we do our jobs. I had assumed that the low moral coupled with the lack of picture-taking passion would translate into a poor showing come contest time. I’ve never been happier to be so wrong.
See for yourself the fantastic photos taken by the professionals and students of Kentucky during 2009 on the knpa.org website. The photos taken by Kentucky’s talented photographers were perhaps some of the best I’ve seen in many years. Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners selected by an equally talented set of judges including Gary Cosby, Jr., Rob Carr, and Jahi Chikwendiu. Charles Bertram is THE MAN and no one will ever convince me otherwise.
And now having had my yearly revival, complete with Brother Jahi’s passionate delivery and philosophical message, I’m going to do my best to stay positive while I work towards the yearly goals I set for myself.