Sunday, April 22, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Daily Post photographer Jason Braverman took home a second-place Georgia Associated Press Award Saturday for capturing an emotional end to a state baseball playoff game.
The award is Braverman's eighth honor - his third for the May 2006 photo - since he joined the Post's staff in March 2004.
"I knew when I took the photo it was good," Braverman said, describing the juxtaposition of a defeated Buford High School catcher beside a triumphant Lovett team congratulating a player who hit a three-run walk-off home run to win the game.
"It's sometimes hard to shoot dejection. Buford is our team, but you have to tell the story," he said. "I just got lucky here, where I got celebration and dejection. I was in the right place at the right time, and that's a lot of what photojournalism is."
Braverman won third place in the same category - sports feature - at last year's Georgia AP awards ceremony for a celebration photo of a Central Gwinnett football player.
"I've always enjoyed sports growing up as a kid. When I became a photographer, that's always been my passion," he said.
Photo editor Anthony Stalcup said that passion is the key to Braverman's success.
"He has a really strong drive and work ethic," Stalcup said. "I think we're all proud of him at the paper. He's done a consistently good job at the paper and he's grown into a really strong photographer."