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Daily Herald photojournalist wins national award

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  • Jockey William T. Buick jumps off his horse, Permian, at the finish line of the Secretariat Stakes as the horse breaks its leg at the Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights Saturday. The horse was euthanized on the spot, and Buick was taken away by ambulance.

    Jockey William T. Buick jumps off his horse, Permian, at the finish line of the Secretariat Stakes as the horse breaks its leg at the Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights Saturday. The horse was euthanized on the spot, and Buick was taken away by ambulance.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Plungers dash out of the frigid waters of Lake Michigan during the 19th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Waukegan Municipal Beach on New Year's Day.

    Plungers dash out of the frigid waters of Lake Michigan during the 19th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Waukegan Municipal Beach on New Year's Day.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Emerson Carter, 6, looks around the room at the Black History Family Fest at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin as she sits with her family as Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx delivers a speech on stage Feb. 3.

    Emerson Carter, 6, looks around the room at the Black History Family Fest at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin as she sits with her family as Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx delivers a speech on stage Feb. 3.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Maria Christiansen touches some of the scars from the wounds she suffered during the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University. She is now a police officer on the DeKalb campus.

    Maria Christiansen touches some of the scars from the wounds she suffered during the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University. She is now a police officer on the DeKalb campus.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer, February 2018

  • Hersey's Will Nagle, top, fouls Grayslake Central's Clay Stoffel as they go to the floor for a loose ball during a Feb. 14 game in Arlington Heights.

    Hersey's Will Nagle, top, fouls Grayslake Central's Clay Stoffel as they go to the floor for a loose ball during a Feb. 14 game in Arlington Heights.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum celebrates a 65-63 triple overtime victory over Naperville North to win a Class 4A regional title on Feb. 16 in Naperville.

    Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum celebrates a 65-63 triple overtime victory over Naperville North to win a Class 4A regional title on Feb. 16 in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

Daily Herald photojournalist John Starks took first place in the sports action category in the National Press Photographers Association's annual Best of Photography contest.

Starks' photo of a jockey jumping from his horse as the horse broke its leg in August at the finish line of the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse in August rose to the top over hundreds of other photos from around he country.

"The photograph of jockey William Buick coming off his horse was surprising and suspenseful, something we had never seen before," contest judge Michael King said. "Credit the photographer for capturing the moment and including compelling information."

"We're so proud of the great work John continues to do for our readers," Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen said.

All of the annual contest winners can be seen at http://competitions.nppa.org/best-of-photojournalism/.

Starks and several other Daily Herald photojournalists also were recognized recently in the NPPA's monthly regional contests.

Steve Lundy placed first in January in the General News category for a photo of a man dashing out of the frigid waters of Lake Michigan after the Polar Bear Plunge.

In the February contest, four Daily Herald photojournalists placed.

John Starks took second place in the General News category for a photo of a girl at Elgin's Black History Family Fest.

Brian Hill took third place in the Portrait category for a photo of a woman who was shot and nearly killed in the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University.

Joe Lewnard took third place in the Sports Action category for a photo of players grappling over a loose basketball.

Dan White took third place in the Sports Feature category for a coach celebrating a win with a basketball net on his head.