2018 NENPA Photojournalist of the Year!!

For the second year in a row I was named Photojournalist of the Year in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association competition. It was a wonderful evening spent with friends and colleagues. It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers. Take a look at my winning images.

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Second Place Feature:  Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Feature: Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place General News:  Sergeant Briama Massaquoi, of Cambridge, receives a hug from Shakyla Platt at the conclusion of the 151st Regional Support Group Deployment Ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place General News: Sergeant Briama Massaquoi, of Cambridge, receives a hug from Shakyla Platt at the conclusion of the 151st Regional Support Group Deployment Ceremony at Reading High School on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Soldiers from the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard will soon be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

First Place General News:  A counter-protester falls on the ground in front of Boston Police as they try to secure Boylston Street after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

First Place General News: A counter-protester falls on the ground in front of Boston Police as they try to secure Boylston Street after the "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Personality:  Joseph Camara cheers on classmates during the Medford High School class of 2018 commencement exercises at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center at Tufts University on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Personality: Joseph Camara cheers on classmates during the Medford High School class of 2018 commencement exercises at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center at Tufts University on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Third Place Pictorial:  A man watches the fireworks display over Kings Beach in Swampscott on Tuesday, June 3, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Third Place Pictorial: A man watches the fireworks display over Kings Beach in Swampscott on Tuesday, June 3, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Pictorial:  The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers is seen through a blanket of snow during a spring snowstorm on Friday, April, 6, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Pictorial: The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers is seen through a blanket of snow during a spring snowstorm on Friday, April, 6, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Portrait:  Richard Marino talks about his restaurant Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Portrait: Richard Marino talks about his restaurant Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

First Place Portriat:  A person dressed as a witch scares people along Front Street during the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade in downtown Salem, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

First Place Portriat: A person dressed as a witch scares people along Front Street during the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade in downtown Salem, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Spot News:  Danvers firefighters retreat down a ladder after venting the roof while fighting a two alarm fire at 71 Poplar Street shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Spot News: Danvers firefighters retreat down a ladder after venting the roof while fighting a two alarm fire at 71 Poplar Street shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Pictorial:  Sea smoke surrounds Straitsmouth Island Light in Rockport on a 3 degree morning on Dec. 28, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Pictorial: Sea smoke surrounds Straitsmouth Island Light in Rockport on a 3 degree morning on Dec. 28, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

First Place Spot News:  A young boys blocks his ears as an Ipswich Water Department worker uses a jackhammer to break apart the pavement after a water-main break on High Street near Rosewood Drive on Monday, March 5, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

First Place Spot News: A young boys blocks his ears as an Ipswich Water Department worker uses a jackhammer to break apart the pavement after a water-main break on High Street near Rosewood Drive on Monday, March 5, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Third Place Personality:  Fourth grade student Hayden Mayhugh gets excited as he moves closer towards the final round and eventually became the first place winner in the fourth grade division of the annual Penn Brook Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Third Place Personality: Fourth grade student Hayden Mayhugh gets excited as he moves closer towards the final round and eventually became the first place winner in the fourth grade division of the annual Penn Brook Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Feature:  Emma Fuller and Brooke Deary take a ride on the Arctic Blast roller coaster during the 91st annual St. Peter’s Fiesta in Gloucester on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Feature: Emma Fuller and Brooke Deary take a ride on the Arctic Blast roller coaster during the 91st annual St. Peter’s Fiesta in Gloucester on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Photo Series:  1 of 9 Middleton Fire Chief Thomas Martinuk greets Bobby Jensen, who was named a honorary Middleton firefighter, during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

Second Place Photo Series: 1 of 9 Middleton Fire Chief Thomas Martinuk greets Bobby Jensen, who was named a honorary Middleton firefighter, during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

2 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

2 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

3 of 9 Middleton Fire Chief Thomas Martinuk holds up a cell phone for honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen as he Face Times with Billy Clough an old neighbor and part time Middleton firefighter while Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus, and firefighter David Thibeault look over his shoulder during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

3 of 9 Middleton Fire Chief Thomas Martinuk holds up a cell phone for honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen as he Face Times with Billy Clough an old neighbor and part time Middleton firefighter while Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus, and firefighter David Thibeault look over his shoulder during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

4 of 9 Middleton Fire Chief Thomas Martinuk put a brand new Medford Fire hat on Bobby Jensen, a honorary Middleton firefighter during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

4 of 9 Middleton Fire Chief Thomas Martinuk put a brand new Medford Fire hat on Bobby Jensen, a honorary Middleton firefighter during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

5 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen, center, receives help putting on a firefighters jacket from Lismery Ortiz, Hospice Aide at Compassus, Captain Doug LeColst, and Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus, during his visit to the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

5 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen, center, receives help putting on a firefighters jacket from Lismery Ortiz, Hospice Aide at Compassus, Captain Doug LeColst, and Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus, during his visit to the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

6 of 9 Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus prepares the cake for Bobby Jensen, a honorary Middleton firefighter, to cut during his visit to the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

6 of 9 Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus prepares the cake for Bobby Jensen, a honorary Middleton firefighter, to cut during his visit to the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

7 of 9 Bobby Jensen, a resident at the Twin Oaks Center in Danvers, was named an honorary firefighter for the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

7 of 9 Bobby Jensen, a resident at the Twin Oaks Center in Danvers, was named an honorary firefighter for the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

8 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen is reflected in one of the mirrors on Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

8 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen is reflected in one of the mirrors on Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

9 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen walks into the Middleton Fire station with assistance from Lismery Ortiz, Hospice Aide at Compassus, and Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]

9 of 9 Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen walks into the Middleton Fire station with assistance from Lismery Ortiz, Hospice Aide at Compassus, and Maureen Brancato, Hospice Nurse at Compassus, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Photo / David Sokol]