The National Press Photographers Association has named Peter R. Barber of The Daily Gazette its photographer of the year for Region 2, which includes newspapers in New York, Ontario and Quebec.
Barber, who has worked at The Gazette since May 2002, received the award last year as well.
Gazette Managing Editor Judy Patrick praised Barber’s work.
“We in the newsroom have always been amazed by Pete’s ability to capture breaking news with photos that are simply dazzling,” she said. “It’s nice to see his initiative, his skill and his commitment to journalism recognized in this way.”
The regional photographer of the year is determined by a points system based on the submittal of nine photos each month to the association’s Monthly News Photo Clip Contest.
Photo staffs from around the country judge the photos, awarding points for first, second and third places in six categories: spot news, general news, feature/single, feature/multiple, sports and illustration.
The photographer who accumulates the most points at the end of the year is regional photographer of the year. Barber tallied 734 in 2009. In 2008, he had 682 points.
Denny Simmons, national chairman of the association’s monthly photo contest, said the regional photographer of the year is someone whose work shines in each of the different categories.
“The reason I like the contest so much is because whoever wins it is definitely a hustler. They work hard and are well-rounded photojournalists,” he said.
Judges are association members reviewing their peers’ works, Simmons said.
“If you can win consistently in multiple regions throughout the year, you are really accomplishing something. Different regions tend to have different styles, likes and dislikes,” he said.
Barber’s work can be viewed at http://nppa.org/competitions/monthly_news_clip_contest.