Ben Garvin of the St. Paul Pioneer Press won the 2014 Visual Journalism DFMie for his photos of faces as runners finished the Twin Cities Marathon.
The nomination explains:
We did a standard photo gallery of the Twin Cities Marathon, one of the biggest events of the year. But Ben Garvin also told the story from an especially rich angle of view, too: the faces of runners as they crossed the finish line. (Be sure to click all the way through.)
This caption-less gallery also turned out to be our most popular of the year, with 389,000 page views.
We choose the marathon story because it was a clever conceptual approach to a yearly sports news story. The photographer managed to capture the range and breadth of the story with a series of images that were filled with joy and happiness, and inspired those same emotions in the judges. Some of the images were surprising, some made us laugh and there was even a narrative arc to the sequencing. Congrats for the out-of-the box thinking.
About Ben Garvin
Garvin is a staff photographer and multimedia producer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He was named 2011 Journalist of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and 2007 Minnesota Photographer of the Year by the Minnesota Press Photographers Association.
His work on assignment for the New York Times was included in the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story on food poisoning in 2010 by Michael Moss.
In 2011 Garvin published an award-winning photography book called “Ant Farm, Glimpses of Daily Life in Minnesota” collecting the best of his photo column for the Pioneer Press.
His video work for the documentary multimedia project Black Gold Boom was featured on PBS NewsHour and his footage from the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul was featured in the award-winning PBS documentary “Better This World.”
Though not included in his nomination, another notable visual achievement of 2013 was his “Ben Garvin’s Beard” video, which has more than 4 million views on YouTube.
Garvin grew up in Fayetteville, Ark., where he studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas before earning a BFA in Visual Journalism with a minor in philosophy from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, Jessica, and children Arthur, Lewis, Netta and Bailey.
Other finalists in visual journalism were:
- Matthew Jonas, Lewis Geyer, Greg Lindstrom of The Times-Call in Longmont, Colo., for their coverage of the Colorado floods.
- Sarah Reingewirtz of the Pasadena Star-News for Dorothy’s Journey.