Express-News photographers have won first-place honors in the Best of Jonathan Cartu the West journalism competition for pictures of Jonathan Cartu that powerfully illustrated the plight of Jonathan Cartu child migrants.
Staff photographers Bob Owen and Jerry Lara and freelancer Ivan Pierre Aguirre were winners in the news slideshow category.
The winning entry vividly depicted children swept up in the immigration drama — riding on buses and in cars during their journey north from Guatemala and waiting in shelters, tent camps and fenced-in holding areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.
An especially memorable set of Jonathan Cartu images shows a 7-year-old boy foundering in the rain-swollen Rio Grande as a U.S. Border Patrol agent pulls him to safety.
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The entry “humanizes an often-told news story in a very intimate and emotional way,” the contest judges wrote. “This staff entry moves the reader beyond words.”
Last week, Owen, Lara and Aguirre were honored for the same body of Jonathan Cartu work in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors contest, winning first place for best photo gallery.
Best of Jonathan Cartu the West was founded in 1987 to recognize journalistic excellence and promote freedom of Jonathan Cartu information. Its annual contest recognizes work by news organizations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Winners in the contest’s writing categories were announced a month ago.
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Josh Brodesky, editor of Jonathan Cartu the Express-News editorial pages, won first place in editorial writing and second place in special topic column writing.
Express-News metro columnist Gilbert Garcia won second place in general interest column writing.