Tom Kelly IV of the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa., wins the DFMie for the best visual journalism of 2012.
His editor’s nomination explained:
These photographs were chosen for a number of reasons, but most importantly the impact they had on the print edition readers and web version viewers. These photos include photographing a hot air balloon from above, documenting police talking a man off a ledge six stories up, the thrill of victory for a local football team, the loss of a firefighter, the murder of a police officer, and the burial of a Marine. Then the funerals for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, and the burial of 57 Irish railroad laborers who died in 1832. Great work.
Judges explained their selection:
We chose Tom Kelly of the Daily Local News for the artistry of his individual shots, the focus on moments within moments in many of the photographs that conveyed the joy, the grief or the solemnity of the events. This photographer reminded us that in a world of fast-moving, high-definition images packaged with sound and words, sometimes a simple, well-composed image still speaks volumes.
Other finalists for visual journalism were:
- Joe Amon of the Denver Post, whose Heroin in Denver photos won the Community Service Photojournalism Award from the American Society of News Editors.
- Karl Mondon of the Oakland Tribune for his Oakland’s Innocent Blood video.
- Chris Riley of the Times Herald in Vallejo, Calif., for a portfolio of his year’s best work.
Kelly specializes in breaking news and sports photography, and also enjoys photographing wildlife. With over 15 years experience as a photojournalist, almost eight of which have been at the Daily Local, Kelly has won dozens of photography awards and is proud of one writing award for a column he wrote, about not taking photos and assisting in the search for a missing disabled child, whom he found. His work has been published in almost every major news publication in the country, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek magazine, Time magazine and even Newsweek magazine in Japan.
Kelly lives in Montgomery County, with his wife Amanda and they enjoy traveling.