Sunday, June 13, 2010

Holi Photo wins AP award

by Dave Greiling
Last Edit: Jun 11 2010 - 11:22pm

Erin Hooley received recognition Thursday night for the outstanding work she did as a Standard-Examiner photojournalist during 2009.

The occasion was the annual awards ceremony for the regional Associated Press organization, which includes newspapers in Utah, Idaho and eastern Washington.
Erin's photos won first-place awards in the feature and general news categories.

And, to top off her night, the photo that won in general news, "Welcome Home Kids", was also picked as Best of Show. She shot the photo at Hill Air Force Base in May 2009 as airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings returned from duty in Iraq.

Erin said the winning photo was just one of several that she liked from among those she took at the homecoming.

"I think the judges liked it because it's Americana, kind of iconic," she said.

The judges called the photo well-composed and beautiful. The same photo also won top honors in the general news category in May 2009 in the National Press Photographers Association regional clip contest.

The Best of Show photo is shown with this column.

Her winning feature photo was shot at Holi, the festival of colors held at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork.

Erin is a native of Boulder, Colo., and a graduate of the University of Colorado. She has been with the Standard-Examiner for two and a half years.

Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via e-mail at

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