Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cape Ann Beacon staffers Nicole Boyd and Kirk Williamson Honored for Ardelle Work by New England Press Association

Two very awesome Cape Ann Beacon staffers Nicole Boyd and Kirk Williamson - who spent many hours photographing and videotaping the building of the schooner Ardelle won very big this past week at the New England Press Association's annual meeting. Nicole won Photographer of the Year ... and that means throughout all of New England up against hundreds of newspapers. They were particularly noted for their coverage of the schooner Ardelle. Kirk Williamson won first place for his video coverage of the schooner Ardelle.

These two folks really deserved these awards and we are very honored to have had them coming by the yard so often in all kinds of weather and conditions. Yep, Kirk even endured a bite in the leg from Daisy, and Nicole was at times covered with paint, apoxy and sawdust but she always got her shot.  Great job both of you and thank you so much for all you have done for us! One of Kirk's videos is on this blog - our maiden voyage from Essex to Gloucester when Kirk sailed with us all the way and helped us navigate well into Rockport harbor...Nicole is just the sweetest person we know...and she had a soft spot for Daisy and I have put her photos of the boatyard dog here.  Again, congratulations on winning big!!

Wicked Local North of Boston photographer Nicole Goodhue Boyd was named New England’s weekly newspaper Photographer of the Year at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual awards banquet Saturday night, Feb. 11.
The Cape Ann Beacon took home first place for Best Front Page, as well as awards for its online and print coverage of the building of the schooner Ardelle. Check it out at www.wickedlocal.com/essex/ardelle
Goodhue Boyd, who shoots for 21 Gatehouse Media New England newspapers and their Wicked Local websites north of Boston, was also honored with five other photography and video awards in the association’s annual Better Newspaper Competition, including a first-place award for best photo series. Her subject for the photo series was St. Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester.
She’s worked for Wicked Local North of Boston and its family of newspapers and websites since 2001.
In addition to the award for best front page and best photo series, the Cape Ann Beacon earned three additional first-place awards.
Photo chief Kirk R. Williamson won Best Pictorial Photo for his sea smoke photo.
The Beacon staff also won for Digital/Print Convergance, which involves covering a story online as well as in the print paper. The award was for the Beacon's coverage of the building of the schooner Ardelle, under the direction of photo chief Kirk R. Williamson.
Williamson also won first place for his video of the building of the Ardelle.

Read more: Wicked Local staffer named ‘Photographer of the Year’ - Essex, MA - Wicked Local Essex http://www.wickedlocal.com/gloucester/news/x1676719949/Wicked-Local-staffer-named-Photographer-of-the-Year#ixzz1mOiJpzba

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