June 2012 Clip Contest Winners

JUNE 2012 SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest Winners:

Spot News:

1st - Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Assault suspect and burning car

2nd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Hands up

3rd - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Emotional crash

General News:

1st - David Royal, Monterey Herald, Grieving Army Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez

2nd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Hugging his nurse

3rd - Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group, Memorial for Fire Engineer "Willie" William West

Feature:

1st - James Tensuan, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shadows and skating

2nd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Crushing grapes at sunset

3rd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Young rocker

Sports:

1st - Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group, Steer wrestling

2nd - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Track stars consoles

3rd - Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee, Baseball celebration

Humor:

1st - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Pirate School

2nd - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Fan interrupts U.S. Open

3rd - Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review, Daydreaming with Pigs

Portrait:

1st - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Volleyball player Paige Reed

2nd - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, River Valley High's Erica Bellenfant

3rd - Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Gourd Music

Picture Story:

1st - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Atheletes of the Year

2nd - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, Dance

3rd - Jane Tyska, Bay Area News Group, Cardburg 2012

 

Judges were the photo staff of The Journal News and LoHud.com.

 

Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald - 150

Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 145

David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 110

David Royal, Monterey County Herald - 95

Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group - 95

Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group - 90

Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee - 65

Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group - 50

Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee - 45

Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 45

Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 40

Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat - 40

Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record - 40

Conner Jay, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 35

Elijah Nouvelage, San Francisco State University - 35

Gregory Urquiaga, freelance - 35

Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel - 30

Travis Geske, The Salinas Californian - 25

Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee - 20

Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review - 15

Clifford Oto, The (Stockton) Record - 15

James Tensuan, Santa Cruz Sentinel - 15

Gary Reyes, San Jose Mercury News - 10

Jane Tyska, Bay Area News Group - 10

Scott MacDonald, freelance - 10

Robinson Kuntz, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 5

May 2012 Clip Contest Winners

MAY 2012 SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest Winners:

Spot News:

1st - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Scene of shooting

2nd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Suspects questioned

3rd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Boat fire

General News:

1st - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Candlelight vigil

2nd - Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record, Domestic violence victim

3rd - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, Waiting to be arrested

Feature:

1st - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Mud face

2nd - Gregory Urquiaga, freelance, Blurred bike rider

3rd - Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Challenger Little league

Sports:

1st - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, face tag

2nd - Scott MacDonald, freelance, Pole vault

3rd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Baseball anger

Humor:

1st - Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group, Excited baseball player

2nd - Conner Jay, (Fairfield) Daily Republic, Choir enthusiasm

3rd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Hulk mud run

Portrait:

1st - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Dylan Cranford painted

2nd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Portrait of Pawni Gir

3rd - Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee, Composite of solar eclipse over Mt Shasta

Picture Story:

1st - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Special prom

2nd - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Funeral for U.S. Army Spc. Chase Marta

3rd - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, School lockdown

 

Judges were the photo staff of Arizona Daily Star.

 

Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 140

David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 95

Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group - 85

David Royal, Monterey County Herald - 80

Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald - 75

Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group - 75

Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee - 55

Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 45

Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat - 40

Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record - 40

Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee - 40

Conner Jay, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 35

Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group - 35

Elijah Nouvelage, San Francisco State University - 35

Gregory Urquiaga, freelance - 35

Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 25

Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel - 25

Travis Geske, The Salinas Californian - 25

Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee - 20

Clifford Oto, The (Stockton) Record - 15

Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review - 10

Gary Reyes, San Jose Mercury News - 10

Scott MacDonald, freelance - 10

Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune - 5

Robinson Kuntz, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 5

April 2012 Clip Contest Winners

APRIL 2012 SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest Winners:

Spot News:

1st - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Vehicle accident

2nd - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, Firefighter child rescue

3rd - Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat, Plane crash in vineyards

General News:

1st - Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee, John Luebbers guilty

2nd - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Embrace with dog

3rd - Conner Jay, (Fairfield) Daily Republic, Highway protesters

Feature:

1st - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Sand angels

2nd - Gary Reyes, San Jose Mercury News, Operation Prom Dress

3rd - Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat, On the swings

Sports:

1st - Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group, Diving catch

2nd - Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Laney College Men's Baseball celebration

3rd - Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group, Catch over shoulder

Humor:

1st - Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Manikin crotch grab

2nd - Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Chihuahua escapes SWAT

3rd - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, Dog with sunglasses

Portrait:

1st - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Mary Stickle with portrait son

2nd - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Leonard P. Murphy

3rd - Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee, Entomologist Matan Shelomi

Picture Story:

1st - Conner Jay, (Fairfield) Daily Republic, Cage fights

2nd - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, Fort Ord Warhorse

3rd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Every 15 Minutes

 

Judges were the photo staff of The Columbus Dispatch.

 

David Royal, Monterey County Herald - 80

Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group - 75

Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 75

Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group - 70

Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald - 60

Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee - 45

Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 45

David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 40

Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat - 40

Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group - 35

Elijah Nouvelage, San Francisco State University - 35

Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee - 35

Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record - 30

Conner Jay, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 25

Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 25

Gregory Urquiaga, freelance - 25

Travis Geske, The Salinas Californian - 25

Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee - 20

Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel - 20

Clifford Oto, The (Stockton) Record - 15

Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review - 10

Gary Reyes, San Jose Mercury News - 10

Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune - 5

Robinson Kuntz, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 5

 

March 2012 Clip Contest Winners

MARCH 2012 SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest Winners:

Spot News:

1st - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Hands up through the sunroof

2nd - Travis Geske, The Salinas Californian, Lake Street fire

3rd - Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Car crash through home

General News:

1st - Elijah Nouvelage, San Francisco State University, Paying final respects

2nd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Embrace with dog

3rd - Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat, Louis J. Foppiano funeral

Feature:

1st - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, Mud run scream

2nd - Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat, Kenwood Elementary School principal

3rd - Elijah Nouvelage, San Francisco State University, Waiting and drawing

Sports:

1st - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, The final mud pit

2nd - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Bishop O'Dowd's fourth win

3rd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Strikeout

Humor:

1st - Clifford Oto, The (Stockton) Record, Tug-of-war with dog

2nd - Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Turkey’s reflection

3rd - Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group, Mayor Taylor dressed as a turkey

Portrait:

1st - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Soccer Player of the Year

2nd - Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Portrait of Don Potter
3rd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Portrait of Carlitos Medrano

Picture Story:

1st - Travis Geske, The Salinas Californian, Big Sur Mud Run

2nd - Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group, St. Mary’s basketball

3rd - David Royal, Monterey County Herald, Mud Run

 

Judges were the photo staff of the Tulsa World.

 

Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group - 70

Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group - 60

Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald - 60

Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 55

David Royal, Monterey County Herald - 45

Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee - 45

Elijah Nouvelage, San Francisco State University - 35

Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee - 35

Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 35

Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat - 30

Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record - 30

Gregory Urquiaga, freelance - 25

Travis Geske, The Salinas Californian - 25

Clifford Oto, The (Stockton) Record - 15

David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 15

Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group - 15

Joel Rosenbaum, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 15

Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review - 10

Conner Jay, The Salinas Californian - 5

Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune - 5

Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee - 5

Robinson Kuntz, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 5

Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel - 5

February 2012 Clip Contest Winners

FEBRUARY 2012 SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest Winners:

Spot News:

1st - Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Hands up.

2nd - Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter, Down on the ground.

3rd - Robinson Kuntz, (Fairfield) Daily Republic, Late night car crash.

General News:

1st - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Hovering helicopter repairs.

2nd - Doug Duran, Contra Costa Times, Dog and ball.

3rd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Remembering Joey.

Feature:

1st - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Swing.

2nd - Gregory Urquiaga, Freelance, Ballet students.

3rd - Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Monterey Bay yoga.

Sports:

1st - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Extended dunk.

2nd - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Soccer celebration.

3rd - David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Basketball foul.

Humor:

1st - Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee, Pelicans roost.

2nd - David Royal, The Monterey Herald, Lucha Libre George Lopez.

3rd - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Kid with open mouth.

Portrait:

1st - Gregory Urquiaga, Freelance, Ballet student Haley Lamb.

2nd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Magician B.J. Lipari.

3rd - Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee, Rock Lobster custom bicycle owner Paul Sadoff.

Picture Story:

1st - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, Female wrestler.

2nd - Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record, Nature.

3rd - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, Dog inspector.

 

Judges were the photo staff of the Medford Mail Tribune.

 

Susan Tripp Pollard, Contra Costa Times - 55

Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group - 50

Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee - 45

Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald - 40

Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record - 30

Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee - 35

Gregory Urquiaga, Freelance - 25

Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 25

Rick Roach, The (Vacaville) Reporter - 25

David Bitton, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 15

Doug Duran, Contra Costa Times - 15

Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat - 15

Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review - 10

David Royal, Monterey County Herald - 10

Conner Jay, The Salinas Californian - 5

Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune - 5

Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee - 5

Robinson Kuntz, (Fairfield) Daily Republic - 5

Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel - 5

 

January 2012 Clip Contest Winners

JANUARY 2012 SFBAPPA Monthly Digital Clip Contest Winners:

Spot News:

1st - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Kids with their hands up.

2nd - Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat, Girl struck by car.

3rd - Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune, Police in tear gas.

General News:

1st - Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee, Makeshift memorial.

2nd - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, Dialysis patient awaits deportation.

3rd - Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee, Jeffrey Fehr celebration of life mass.

Feature:

1st - Susan Tripp Pollard, Contra Costa Times, Jump off kayak.

2nd - Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record, Sharing a wheel chair.

3rd - Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review, New dance class.

Sports:

1st - Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group, Alex Smith waits in the tunnel.

2nd - Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, Horizontal dunk.

3rd - Doug Duran, Contra Costa Times, Soccer header.

Humor:

1st - Susan Tripp Pollard, Contra Costa Times, Book babies.

2nd - Susan Tripp Pollard, Contra Costa Times, Naked wakeboarder.

3rd - Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat, Bikes, shorts, and party dresses.

Portrait:

1st - Susan Tripp Pollard, Contra Costa Times, Chicken hug.

2nd - Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald, Praise dancer Sharon Featherson.

3rd - Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review, Coastside Mixed Martial Arts founder James Pendergast.

Picture Story:

1st - Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee, Patient deportation.

2nd - Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record, Mormon Slough.

3rd - Conner Jay, The Salinas Californian, Homeless man rundown.

 

Judges were the photo staff of the The San Diego Union-Tribune.

 

Susan Tripp Pollard, Contra Costa Times - 55

Chris Riley, (Vallejo) Times Herald - 25

Renée C. Byer, Sacramento Bee - 25

Michael McCollum, The (Stockton) Record - 20

Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group - 15

Kent Porter, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat - 15

Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee - 15

Charles Russo, Half Moon Bay Review - 10

Nate Chute, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat - 10

Conner Jay, The Salinas Californian - 5

Doug Duran, Contra Costa Times - 5

Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune - 5

Paul Kitagaki Jr., Sacramento Bee - 5

 

Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano

Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano died in June 2011 after an eight year battle with cancer. He was 59.
Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano died in June 2011 after an eight year battle with cancer. He was 59.

Torrano worked for KRON for 26 years. He was the first engineer who worked on a two-man van. He then worked with the microwave truck and onto to a satellite truck.

He started video photography after he graduated from San Francisco State University. He attended the John O’Connell Trade School for video. After graduation he started at KRON as vacation relief.

Some of his favorite stories were the International Hotel riot; George Moscoe and Harvey Milk riot. He photographed presidents Reagan and Clinton. He traveled to Cambodia in 1979 on a relief effort for Cambodia.

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Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax

Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax died suddenly at his home last Saturday, April 30, 2011 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 77.
Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax died suddenly at his home last Saturday, April 30, 2011 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 77.

He worked for the Independent Journal for 35 years. His toughest shot, he told a reporter in 1988, was of the grieving San Rafael widow of an airline crash victim on PSA flight 1771 the year before. He said he felt like an intruder when he got the shot of her face, etched in pain as she clutched a flag in a cemetery. Happier assignments, he recalled, were covering the Bay Area visit of Pope John Paul II and the return home to San Rafael of a soldier held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Hax earned more than two dozen awards from news organizations and trade associations for his photographs over the years, ranging from high school sports action to breaking news events, such as a 1967 melee at San Quentin State Prison involving American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell.

Chief photographer Robert Tong remembers Hax, "Bob was a friend, mentor, co-worker and father figure to me. I was lucky and thankful that he gave me the opportunity to work at the IJ as a young high school kid. He gave of his time and experience, and listened to me complain about my high school problems." Continue reading "Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax"

Former Palo Alto Times Chief Photographer Gene “Tup” Tupper

Former Palo Alto Times chief photographer Gene "Tup" Tupper died in April 2011 after a brief illness. He was 85.
Former Palo Alto Times chief photographer Gene "Tup" Tupper died in April 2011 after a brief illness. He was 85.

He worked at the Times from 1948 until his retirement in 1981. According to an 1981 article, "He was the newspaper employee best known by the public, and he photographed many celebrities including President Harry S. Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Nikita Khrushchev, Bob Hope, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Jane Mansfield, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Willie Mays among others. He photographed the Beatles when they stayed in Palo Alto. He also cover many Bing Crosby Pebble Beach golf tournaments.

Former Palo Alto Times Tribune chief photographer Bob Andres recalled, "He's always had a coffee cup in his hand, always had a shirt and tie on, and was all business all the time. I was 'the kid' on the staff, and definitely had to prove himself, which I think I did. He went full gamut from 4x5 to 2-1/4 to 35mm. I remember looking at negatives of a car crash sequence he shot on 4x5 - he had the patient on the gurney coming at him and loaded into the ambulance like it was shot in 35mm with a motor, which is impressive."

Former Times photographer Joe Melena remember fondly, "He had a influence on me. He gave you an assignment and gave you free reign. He didn't tell you how to do em. He wore a suit and tie on assignments - that was the code back then. It could be 90 degree out, but you had to wear sport coat and tie."
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Buster DeBrunner

KPIX photographer died last year. Buster was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Los Angeles County. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Chloe, daughter Danette Clark of Paso Robles, Darelette Camara of Rohnert Park, Deaette De Brunner of Rohnert Park. He also had five grandchildren. Buster was an Emmy-award winning news photographer. Many has viewed his work on KPIX-TV. He was in the news photography business for over 50 years covering world events from World War II. Memorial service will be held at Andersen-Keaton Funeral Home. 7311 College View Drive in Rohnert Park on Friday, March 1 at 6pm. Funeral home's phone number is . Donations maybe made in Buster's name to: Hospice of Petaluma under the direction of Andersen-Keaton Funeral home. Please send any notes to: DeBrunner 5713 Dorian Drive Rohnert Park, CA 94829 (707) 584-8021