NPPA: The Voice of Visual Journalists

Monthly News Clip Contest

1st Place General News: “State Rep. Edmund Kuempel returns after heart attack”
Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman

State Rep. Aaron Pena, D-Edinburg, left, kisses Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, on Monday June 1, 2009. On May 12, Kuempel had a heart attack and was found collapsed in a Capitol elevator during a late night session. “There’s no question I was dead,” he said. Kuempel returned to his desk on the House floor on Monday for the final day of the legislative session. It took several minutes for every member of the House of Representatives to warmly welcome him back. Then the entire Senate walked onto the House floor for more hugs and kisses. “It’s good to see you,” said one lawmaker. “It’s good to be seen,” replied Kuempel.

Judges’ comments for the category

Weak category, but kissing shot was unique and had a great story behind it. Memorial service was heart wrenching and shot very well. First picture in ICU Serenade was interesting.

Ron Johnson, Josh Birnbaum, Fred Zwicky, David Zalaznik Journal Star/Peoria, IL

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R8 regional point tally

(year to date; the top 10 places are shown, plus ties)

624
Lisa Krantz
524
Nicole Fruge/Education Week
514
Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman
484
Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
482
Michael DeMocker
422
Ronald Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News
414
Nellie Doneva
304
William Feig Jr./The Advocate
292
Matthew Hinton/Times-Picayune
264
G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News
John Bowersmith/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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