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|| News Item: Posted 2011-02-04

Perrine Finds His Rhythm in 2010 with SportsShooter POY Win
Perrine, Stratenschulte, Smith, and Hawksley win prizes in the annual Contest sponsored by Canon.

By Staff

Photo by Corey Perrine / The Augusta Chronicle

Photo by Corey Perrine / The Augusta Chronicle

This picture won first place in sports action in May of 2010.
Corey Perrine, a staff photographer for the Augusta Chronicle, is the 2010 Photographer of the Year. Perrine collected 360 points in the Clip Contest, more than enough points to claim first place, and the top prize, a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera.

The "Clip Contest" is a year-long series of monthly contests, sponsored by Canon, in which photographers submit their best photos from the previous month to be rated by fellow members.

Each month points are awarded to the highest scoring images in four categories: Sports Action, Sports Feature, News, and Feature.

At the end of the year all the points are tallied and the member with the highest score is declared's Photographer of The Year.

"If you would have asked me at the beginning of 2010, "You think you'll win this year?" I would have thought you were crazy and told you, "Yeah right." -- It's just one of those contests so big, with so many people, with quality monthly work, it's almost a pipe dream," Perrine said.

Perrine, who recently made the move to Augusta from New Hampshire, where he worked for the The Nashua Telegraph, said he spent the first few months of the year getting settled, and "finding his rhythm."

"When the summer hit I saw July and August as huge successes," he said. "You know what they say, "When it rains it pours." So I just rode the wave as far as it would take me. Because I didn't know when the next one would come. Fortunately It carried me through to about Nov. When I had a good feeling of where the pack was."

Photo by Corey Perrine / The Augusta Chronicle

Photo by Corey Perrine / The Augusta Chronicle

This image won the Shooters Choice Award in May of 2010.
"Contests really are a crazy thing," Perrine said. "They aren't the only measuring stick of the depth of a documentary artist. On one hand you don't want to shoot to win. But, I've found if you love the people, love the community, love the stories to tell, contest wins can be the residual effect of consistent work."

"I'm humbled. Honored. And still a little bit in disbelief of what just happened," he said. "2010? Really? You were too kind to me."

The year 2010 was also kind (at least in contest-winning form) to Julian Stratenschulte, a photographer based in Germany who won 2nd place, and Patrick Smith, a freelance photographer currently based in Baltimore who took third.

Joel Hawksley, a student at Ohio University, was the student with the most points in the contest, and wins the title of " Student Photographer of the Year." His prize is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.

Related Links: Monthly Cip Contest
Corey's member page

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