From The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio News Photographers Association named the Dispatchphotography staff as the staff of the year for large-market newspapers in its annual contest.

The Dispatch photo staff also was awarded first place for best usage at the 63rd annual contest. Results were announced at the organization’s convention and workshop, held this year at Kent State University.

Chris Russell won first place for feature picture story for “Surprise Times Four,” about two Delaware County sisters, one a surrogate who carried two boys for the other, who also was pregnant.

Eric Albrecht received second place in that category. Dispatchphotographer Barbara J. Perenic received an award of excellence in that category for work she did when she was with the Springfield News-Sun.

Perenic was awarded second place for best photographer of the year in a small market for work she did in Springfield.

The Dispatch swept the Clip Contest Photographer of the Year, with Kyle Robertson winning first place. Eamon Queeney was awarded second place and Adam Cairns third.

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