Midwest Photo Summit 2013

So this is a bit delayed, but at this past Midwest Photo Summit put on by the Illinois Press Photographers Association I was honored to be named Runner-Up Photographer of the year. I am also happy to say that a few of my long term projects garnered some attention including an ongoing project of mine out at the Jericho Circle housing project in Aurora which received first place honors in the News picture story category. A story I worked at Mooseheart Child Cities new maternity home for underage mothers was awarded first place for feature picture story and placing second in that same category was a story I did on a family from Aurora that was able to move out of a homeless shelter and into their own apartment before Christmas.
A big congrats to Photographer of the year Scott Strazzante, Sports Photographer of the year Andrew Nelles, and all the other winners this year.
Here is a look at the portfolio I submitted for judging...

The story on the Maternity Home at Mooseheart was also recognized in the National Press Photographers Association's annual Best of Photojournalism contest receiving third place in the Best Published Picture story category for smaller markets. Here is a look at that story: