Pictures of the Year International has honored David Stephenson, Kentucky Kernel photo adviser and former Lexington Herald-Leader photographer, with first place in its "News story - multimedia" category for 2009. The winning project, "Cutting through the competition," below, is a multimedia report by Stephenson and Herald-Leader reporter Amy Wilson about a tobacco-cutting contest in a state that no longer relies on the crop. It originated from their preparation for Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seminars in October about storytelling.Mr. Stephenson is able to, in a few minutes of film, both tell a story and to present the landscape and community in a breathtaking visual form. Here's his film, produced with Amy Wilson:
Cutting Through the Competition from David Stephenson on Vimeo.