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Charlotte, N.C. Observer Photographers Honored
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Charlotte Observer staff photographers won several awards and honorable mentions in the 2005 Pictures of the Year contest sponsored by the N.C. Press Photographers Association.

Yalonda M. James took first place in the sports action category.

Jeff Siner won second place in spot news and also won third place in sports picture story.

Todd Sumlin took two awards -- a second place and an honorable mention in the illustration category.

Jeff Willhelm won third place in sports feature and an honorable mention in spot news.

Patrick Schneider was named the clip photographer of the year, an award based on published photos. He was runner-up for the award last year.

Dan Hale, who was the Observer's photo intern, took three awards -- a first place in sports feature, second place in portrait personality and honorable mention in general news.

Jason Arthurs of the Winston-Salem Journal was named the 2005 photographer of the year. Arthurs also took first place in the feature picture story category and won Best of Show.

Ted Richardson of The News & Observer of Raleigh was the runner-up for photographer of the year. The staff of the year award went to the N&O.

David Smith of The Fayetteville Observer, who won clip photographer of the year for 2004, was named runner-up on Sunday.

Raymond Jones of UNC Chapel Hill was named student photographer of the year, an award he also won last year. Justin Cook, also of UNC Chapel Hill, was named runner-up.

The awards were announced Sunday at UNC Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where the judging took place. This year's competition attracted 3,426 entries from 75 professional and student photographers in North Carolina.


See the Observer's winning entries by going to and clicking on award-winning photos.

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