The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) named the KING 5 News photojounalist team the best in the nation. NPPA awarded KING 5 the "Large Market Station of the Year" in the Best of Photojournalism contest.
Judge Brian Kaufman said after watching the six finalists, "It came down to rain versus snow."
The NPPA selected KING 5 over five other finalists from Minneapolis, Denver, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Nashville. KING 5 also won the title in 2011.
"We have the most extraordinary team of photojournalists," said Mark Ginther, Executive News Director of KING 5, KONG 6/16, and NWCN. "But the win goes beyond that. Everybody at KING 5 is committed to telling great stories through video."
Lynn French said, of KING 5's winning entry, "The shooting was consistent across all stories, it could have been the same photographers shooting all the stories, it was that consistent."
In addition, the NPPA named KING 5's Doug Burgess the Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year. He beat out KING 5 colleague Jeff Christian for the honor.
“He has the ability to take really complicated stories and shoot them in a way that made them conversational,” Brian Kaufman said about Burgess.
Lynn French added, “He has a signature to his stories you could easily pick them out.”
The mission of the NPPA is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism and works in all news media to promote its role as a vital public service. More information is available at www.nppa.org.
Watch KING 5's entry: