One police officer is dead, another wounded in a shootout at a T-Mobile store on Atlantic Avenue and 120th Street in Queens this evening February 12. Investigators in Tyvek suits look for evidence. The body of the slain detective Brian Simonsen is taken from Jamaica Hospital to the morgue as fellow officers salute.
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Breaking News Editor Todd Maisel of amNewYork Metro garnered seven prestigious photo awards for his work during the past year from the New York Press Photographers Association in their 85th Annual 2019 Year in Pictures and Multimedia Competition.
Maisel, a 37-year visual journalism veteran, took top honors in the categories of Spot News, General News, Animals, Face of New York and News Picture Story. The awards were presented Friday and Saturday at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in Midtown Manhattan.
News organizations across the tri-state area entered more than 6,600 entries in this year’s contest. Among the various organizations that participated were the Associated Press, Newsday, New York Post, US Today and Reuters among others. Some of those photos depicted the Hong Kong riots, tornadoes in the Midwest, and strife in the Middle East.
Maisel’s photos reflect his day-to-day involvement in New York City’s evolving breaking news scene, including the Old Timer’s Day mass shooting in Brooklyn over the summer; the friendly fire death of Detective Brian Simonsen in Queens in February 2019; accounts of some of the 29 bicyclists struck and killed in a record-setting year for cyclists deaths; and even a cat holding onto dear life on a ladder at a Brooklyn fire.
The judges this year were photo editor Matt Campbell and photographers Jeenah Moon and Toni Sandys.
Campbell joined European Pressphoto Agency in 2003 as New York City Bureau Chief. He became EPA’s chief photographer for North America in 2005 and then became Director, North America in 2011 and has held that position ever since.
Moon is a photographer based in New York. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She came to the United States from Korea in 2007 and is contracted photographer at the New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, NBC news and Washington Post.
Sandys is a photographer at The Washington Post, primarily covering sports at all levels — high school, college, professional. She joined The Post in 2004 after working at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) for ten years.
Maisel was formerly with the New York Daily News, where he served as a staff photographer for 18 years before being laid off with 96 others colleagues in a major cost cutting effort. He is a life-long resident of Brooklyn and has two children.
Here are the rest of the photos that were part of the awards from this past weekend.