Another Vathis Award-winner in our newsroom

We are very proud to announce that York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Kate Penn has won the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award for 2012. Competition for the award came from news photographers working for news organizations of all circulation sizes in Pennsylvania.

The honor is well-deserved. Kate had an outstanding year, from a spot news photo of a man apparently contemplating suicide on a highway overpass, to an equine dentist with his forearm in a horse’s mouth, to a fleeting moment where a firefly appears before young boy aiming to catch it.

Kate picked up the award Friday at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors banquet Friday in Gettysburg.

It is the second straight year that a YDR photographer has won the Vathis, after former staff member Bil Bowden was honored last year.

Read more about the award and its namesake here.

A portfolio entry for the Vathis competition consisted of five photos — one spot/breaking news photo, one feature photo, one sports photo, and two additional photos of any subject. Below are the photos we submitted on Kate’s behalf.

Police talk to a man who is standing on the Leader Heights Road bridge over I-83. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Phantoms Brooke Baldwin, left and Mary Peck do "The Time Warp" with the rest of the cast and the audience after "The Rocky Horror Show" at York Little Theatre Friday, October 28, 2011. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

3-year-old Elijah Brown of York catches fireflies while waiting for Nanny McPhee Returns to start at Kiwanis Lake as part of the York City Recreation and Parks 2011 Summer Movie Series Wednesday, July 6, 2011. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Doug Siegrist feels the teeth in a horse's mouth checking what work needs to be done at Free Spririt Stables in Frederick, MD Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Siegrist works with his father-in-law Ernest Kilby, making house calls to area farms for equine dental work. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

PIAA judges watch as Central York's Nick Emery dives against Dover Thursday, January 6, 2011. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

2 Responses to Another Vathis Award-winner in our newsroom

  1. Lee Woodmansee says:

    I love the firefly picture. What settings do you use to capture a firefly as well as the child in such low light?

    • Kate Penn says:

      Thanks Lee! The key to this photo was going out to photograph right at dusk. There’s a very short window, probably less than 20 minutes, when it is dark enough that the firefly’s glow looks bright and there is still enough ambient light to see the child. If you’re lucky enough to have a camera that can handle a high ISO your window is a little bit longer.

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