HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Jason Malmont, a photographer at The Sentinel in Carlislse, was named the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award winner at Friday's annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors.
The annual award recognizes one photographer across the state whose portfolio entry of spot news, feature and sports photography shows the strong journalistic instinct, skills and dedication that were the hallmarks of Paul Vathis' 56-year-career as an AP photographer.
Jason Farmer of The Times-Tribune in Scranton won a Best of Show award for his photo "West Scranton Fans" that showed young basketball fans surrounding and screaming at an opponent waiting to receive the ball for an in-bounds play.
Carl Prine of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review received a Best of Show award for his package of stories "Rules of Engagement" investigating the deaths of two deaf, unarmed teenage brothers by American soldiers in Iraq.
The judges select one Best of Show winner among all entries for writing and one winner among all entries for photography, regardless of circulation class. The winners receive a plaque and $150 each.
Vathis, who spent most of his career in Harrisburg, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for his pensive picture of President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower walking together at Camp David after the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Vathis died in December 2002 at age 77 as he was preparing to cover the inauguration of Ed Rendell as governor.
The PAPME is an organization of newspaper editors from across the state who promote cooperation among AP members and help champion and defend the First Amendment and access to government information.