Competitions Honor Times Photographers; Staff Members Garner 17 Awards

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Byline: Jennifer Harper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The photo staff of The Washington Times has earned 17 awards in three top annual competitions that determine the year's most compelling images - and the nation's best news photographers.

In the prestigious White House News Photographers' Association awards Presidential category, Mary F. Calvert took first place for a photograph of British Prime Minister Tony Blair offering a delighted grin to Mr. Bush during a White House press conference last year.

"Spectacular photography has always been a hallmark of The Times, and the tradition continues," Times Editor in Chief Wesley Pruden said.

Ms. Calvert also took a second-place award in the Insiders Washington category for a telling portrait of former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

Michael Connor won first place for his picture of former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott looking like the odd man out in a tense political climate.

Mr. Connor also earned an award of excellence for capturing the poignant moment of a serviceman's homecoming.

Other winners in the White House competition included Maya Alleruzzo, who garnered two second-place awards in the Features and Pictorial categories. …