AP's Charles Dharapak named WHNPA 'Photographer of the Year'

Feb. 27, 2012
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House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses to avoid being identified, pushes a shopping cart as she walks from the checkout lane after shopping at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses to avoid being identified, pushes a shopping cart as she walks from the checkout lane after shopping at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The White House News Photographers Association has named Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak "Photographer of the Year.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized as Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association,” Dharapak is quoted as saying in the WHNPA press release. “I am lucky to be working with the highest caliber of photojournalists who constantly inspire me. We are privileged to have a front row seat to history and to be able to communicate it with our images.”

AP's Jacquelyn Martin, Carolyn Kaster and Pablo Martinez Monsivais were also cited for honors. Below is the listing of awards garnered by AP photographers in Washington in the 2012 White House News Photographers Association "Eyes of History" competition.

Feature
3rd Place - Jacquelyn Martin for her photo of flags being placed in front of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day

On Capitol Hill
3rd Place - Charles Dharapak for his photo of then speaker-designate Boehner wiping tears as he waits to take the gavel from Nancy Pelosi

Pictorial
3rd Place - Charles Dharapak for his photo of Marine One kicking up snow as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House

Insiders Washington
3rd Place - Charles Dharapak for his photo of first lady Michelle Obama shopping at Target.

Presidential
2nd Place - Charles Dharapak for his photo of President Barack Obama drinking Guinness beer at a pub in Ireland.

Award of Excellence - Carolyn Kaster for her photo of kids helping President Barack Obama to his feet at an impromptu stop on his 3-day bus tour of the midwest.

Award of Excellence - Charles Dharapak for his photo of President Barack Obama dropping his BlackBerry.

Award of Excellence - Pablo Martinez Monsivais for his photo of President Barack Obama silhouetted inside Marine One during his return from an unannounced trip to Dover.

Political Picture Story
2nd Place - Charles Dharapak for a story titled "The Big Disconnect"

Political Picture Story
2nd Place - Charles Dharapak

Portfolio
2nd Place - Charles Dharapak

Photographer of the Year
Charles Dharapak

All results, including the photos, can be seen on the WHNPA website at http://www.whnpa.org/contest/eyes2012/index.shtml by clicking on the Still Photography tab at the top of the page.

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