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News Photographers Honored

Jan. 21--The Lexington Herald-Leader last night was named Newspaper of the Year by the Kentucky News Photographers Association at its annual convention in Louisville. Its photographers were a major reason for the honor.

The Herald-Leader was recognized for general photojournalistic excellence in Division I, for larger newspapers. The Bowling Green Daily News was Newspaper of the Year in Division II.

Two of the biggest honors went to photographers from Western Kentucky University.

Jeanie Adams-Smith, a WKU faculty member, was named Photographer of the Year in still photography. Melanie Blanding, a WKU student, was named Student Photographer of the Year.

Several Herald-Leader photographers won individual honors in various categories.

Herald-Leader chief photographer Charles Bertram took first place in Sports Picture Story, and Mark Cornelison took first and third in Illustration.

Matt Goins, a freelancer for the Herald-Leader, was first in Sports Action with his photograph of a falling jockey. The same photo recently won the Eclipse Award.

The Herald-Leader also took third place in Team Coverage for its photos of the Comair Flight 5191 crash. The Courier-Journal was first in Team Coverage, while the Bowling Green Daily News was second.

Television photography awards have also been announced.

Jon Smith, of Lexington's ABC affiliate WTVQ-TV, took TV Photographer of the Year honors, and Robert Cook, of NBC affiliate WLEX-TV, was named TV Sports Photographer of the Year.

WTVQ was named Division II Station of the Year.

Several Lexington television photojournalists won top awards in various TV categories.

WTVQ's Jon Smith took first in Spot News 4; Brian Gilbert of WLEX was first in General News 9; Robert Cook of WLEX took first in Sports General; Jon Smith, Steve Kaufmann, Ryan Kendall and Ryan Watts of WTVQ took first in Team Spot; Dean Handy of CBS affiliate WKYT-TV finished first in News Feature 9; and Nick Goldring of WTVQ captured first place in General News NT.

The numbers in category names refers to the number of hours after an incident that the video is shot and aired, while NT refers to no time limit.

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