Callan Pugh/News Mount Vernon News photographer Joshua Morrison poses with his photo, taken at an October Colt League football game, which won a first-place prize for sports photo in a Ohio News Photographer’s Association contest recently.

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Mount Vernon News photographer Joshua Morrison poses with his photo, taken at an October Colt League football game, which won a first-place prize for sports photo in a Ohio News Photographer’s Association contest recently. Request this photo

 

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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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon Orange’s Luke Mullins, extends the ball over the goal as he is brought down by Mount Vernon White’s Mavrik Gregory and Trenten Bevan. Mullins scored the only touchdown in the contest. Orange would win, 8-0, and faces the winner of the north division Saturday at Energy Field.

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Mount Vernon News photographer Joshua Morrison won a first-place prize for sports photo in a Ohio News Photographer’s Association contest recently for this Colt League football game picture from October. Request this photo

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.

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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