MOUNT VERNON — Photos can make or break a great news or sports story.
Mount Vernon News photojournalist Joshua Morrison knows this all too well.
As a member of the Ohio News Photographer’s Association, Morrison regularly participates in the Monthly Clips Contest put on by the association, in which members of the association, photographers in newspaper, television and magazines, submit their best work that has been published in print or online according to ONPA President Josh Bickle, who also serves as a staff photographer at the Columbus Dispatch.
In 2018, Morrison garnered 7 different awards in a few different categories within the contest, which is judged by professionals working within the industry, but outside of Ohio. In April, Morrison received first place in the general news category for an emotional court photo.
Most recently, Morrison received a first place prize in October for a sports photo of a Colt football semi-final game, which ranked above sports photos from the Cincinnati Enquirer for the Bengals game, two photos from the Columbus Dispatch of Ohio State Football and a photo of high school football submitted by the Springfield News Sun, and second and third place in November within the spot news category for a photo of a house fire and for a photo of a van that crashed into a house in Fredericktown respectively.
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In deciding which photos to submit, Morrison explained that he looks for photos that are newsworthy and that have an interesting subject “that gives it those 1,000 words.”
Morrison took over as photographer after long-time News photographer Virgil Shipley retired at the end of 2017, but had filled in taking sports photos, mostly Friday night football photos, and with photography for special projects in the years before.
ONPA also holds a yearly contest for Ohio News Photographer of the Year, broken up by circulation size. Morrison has submitted photos for the Small Market Photographer of the Year competition which will be announced in the spring.