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Amateur Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries

The Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, which has been been running for more than 20 years, is accepting entries until Feb. 27, 2015. A panel of Valley News judges will then look at all of the entries for the contest, narrowing the field to 24 finalists. The finalists will be displayed at the Valley News booth at the 37th Annual HomeLife Expo at Leverone Field House in Hanover from March 20-22, 2015. Visitors to the Expo will cast ballots for their favorite photo and the

Walking the Walk

When I finished my first photo essay for the Valley News last week, I thought I had explored most winter activities … at least through the lens of my camera. Therefore, I thought I was fully prepared to photograph a snowshoe tour through Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish on Sunday. “I’m practically a native, now,” I kept thinking to myself. I soon learned that doing a winter activity is very different than simply seeing it through the viewfinder of a camera. My borrowed snowshoes were too

From the Archive: Snowstorm in White River Junction

Traffic wends its way down Main Street in a snowstorm in White River Junction, Vt., circa. 1968. Valley News photograph ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Perplexed While Parking

Last month I parked in Hanover on my way to a Christmas Eve assignment. On my way into the lot there was a woman standing at the ticket machine looking perplexed. Feeling lucky I had found a spot among the last-minute shoppers and determined not to let the machine slow me down, I checked my pockets and found I was prepared with change and a few bills. But as I stepped up to the screen to pay, I found that they were the incorrect denominations.

Morning Light on Fresh Snow (4 Photos)

Scenes after an overnight snowfall in the White River valley in Royalton, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 3:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Spending the Day at the Statehouse (4 Photos)

Spending an entire day on one assignment is a privilege that I cherish not only because it gives me time to explore every visual aspect of a story but also because I know I’ll have plenty of photos to choose from at the end of the day. After spending Thursday at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier for the governor’s election and Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address, I was a little shocked to discover that I had taken more than 1,500 photos. While many photos were

The Year in Photos: A Change of Perspective Leaves Lasting Impact

As a photojournalist, I’m constantly gathering lessons from the people I meet and situations I encounter. I chose this photo, as it was at the root of a lesson I relearn every few months. In June, I was spending the day photographing at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. It was a beautiful, golden-light kind of day. Everyone was friendly, and there were lots of exciting action, the type of situation that lends itself to beautiful photographs. It took me a couple of hours to

The Year in Photos: Witnessing Memories in the Making

I am not surprised that most of my favorite photos in 2014 were taken outdoors; much of my time in the Upper Valley was spent exploring a landscape that was entirely new to me. Among several other personal firsts, this past spring was the first time I watched the unfolding spectacle of vernal pools. Aside from my own newfound sense of wonder for croaking and crawling amphibians, it was rewarding to find people like Liz Masure, of Charlestown, and her family, including her 7-year-old daughter

The Year in Photos: More Than a Feeling; A Lasting Message

As newspaper photographers, we never know what our days are going to be like. Sometimes we have a day of exciting assignments; on others, we go into the community looking for photographs. Sometimes we get assignments that don’t seem visual. That’s what this assignment was. On paper, it was a walkthrough of the brand-new Unity Elementary School, which was finally opening after years of debate and delays. For an assignment like that, it’s usually difficult to find the human element. But right before the tour,

The Year in Photos: Capturing 'The Moment' Makes for Strong Image

Photographers look for moments. Yes, light and composition are important elements in what makes a strong image, but the moments are what makes for a memorable photograph. Even on an assignment, the best moments sometimes slip by, which can make for a long drive back to the newsroom as we castigate ourselves. But here’s one I liked, and didn’t miss. I had spent a beautiful July morning with the Gamble family in Lyme. Anne and Thomas Gamble were saying goodbye to their daughter Lucy, a