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An international prize

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The 65th annual Pictures of the Year International competition announced Monday that Herald-Leader staff photographer David Stephenson won First Place for Best Multimedia, with his entry A New Dawn.

The multi-part audio slide show follows the struggle of Dawn Smith through Fayette County’s Drug Court over nearly a four year period. The story was published in the Herald-Leader in a six part series last October. The multimedia project ran on at the same time the story was published in the paper.

The project can be seen at:

Stephenson’s entry was one of 125 projects entered in the multimedia category. An entry by the Los Angeles Times was second and one by the Toronto Globe & Mail was third.

Tim Broekema and James Kenney of Western Kentucky University were awarded an Award of Excellence for their piece on The Women of Evangel from Nigeria.

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2 Responses to “An international prize”
  1. Tim Gruber says:

    Congrats David!
    As usual very nice work.

  2. greg lovett says:

    Congratulations on your award. You have restored my faith in the power of photojournalism. It is obvious that you poured your heart and soul into this story . It was was painful to watch Dawn self destruct and know the damage she has inflicted on her children and herself.

    Addiction shows no mercy. I hope that one day she able to be happy , joyous and free.

    greg lovett

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