Today I learned that my article about John Dersham for DeKalb Living magazine won 2nd Place in the category of “Best Personality Profile” in the Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards.
The article detailed John’s love of and career in photography. While living in Nashville, he worked as a regional general manager for Kodak, responsible for sales to retail stores in seven states with 45 sales representatives bellowing him covering individual accounts. The article got into the impact of declining sales on photographers and camera shops as the medium increasingly transitioned from film to digital files. While visiting friends in DeKalb County, Alabama, he and his wife fell in love with the area and moved here. He became director of the local tourism marketing organization.
In the same competition, in the newspaper category, I also won:
2nd Place – “Best News Feature Story Coverage”: “Local WWII veteran turns 100 years old”
2nd Place – “Best Spot News Story”: “Flood waters damage DeKalb bridges, homes and businesses”
3rd Place – “Best Spot News Photo”: “Peaceful protest held in downtown Fort Payne”
3rd Place – “Best Photo Essay”: “Flood waters damage DeKalb bridges, homes and businesses”