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Release: May 20, 2002
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UI photographers win state, national awards
A University of Iowa student has been named the top photographer in the
state in both collegiate and professional categories. Conrad Schmidt, a senior
from Lone Rock, was named Iowa Press Photographers Association College Photographer
of the Year and Iowa Photographer of the Year, the first time both awards
have gone to the same person. Schmidt was also named College Photographer
of the year in 2001.
Schmidt and his fellow student photographers also won numerous awards in
various categories in the college competition, including pictorial, multiple
photos, feature and sports.
In the professional category, John Kimmich Javier, an associate professor
of journalism and mass communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, won three awards for sports photos including first place sports
feature, second place pictorial, and honorable mention sports action. Kimmich
has also recently won an Award of Excellence in the Pictures of the Year International
competition, sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
This is the fourth time in five years that Kimmich has won an award in this
competition, which draws nearly 30,000 entries worldwide. Kimmich's winning
photo was featured in a recent issue of Illumine, the UI's research magazine.
Student award winners are listed below according to hometown:
DAVENPORT: Zach Boyden Holmes, College Division: first place Pictorial
Photo, third place Feature Photo, honorable mention News Photo.
IOWA CITY: Lucas Underwood, College Division: third place Multiple
LONE ROCK: Conrad Schmidt, College Division: College Photographer
of the Year, first place News Photo, first place Multiple Photos, first place
Portrait Photo, second place Pictorial Photo, second place News Photo, third
place News Photo; Open Class (Professional Division): Iowa Photographer of
the Year, first place Multiple Photo, second place Multiple Photo, and honorable
mention Spot News Photo. Schmidt, a senior art major with a journalism minor,
plans to spend his summer working at the Dallas Morning News as a photo intern.
MASON CITY: Ben Plank, College Division: second place Feature Photo,
third place Sports Photo. A junior journalism and religion double major, Plank
is a 1999 graduate of Mason City High School and the son of Joe and Kris Plank.
He has worked as a staff photographer at The Daily Iowan for a year and plans
to continue through the summer and the next academic year.