The co-winner of NASJA’s 2019 Hirsch S. Hirsch Award in the Images category is five time Hirsch Award recipient Dino Vournas. Dino is a Hayward, Calif.- based freelance photographer/ski and outdoor writer who has worked for the (SF) Bay Area News Group, East Bay Times/San Jose Mercury, Associated Press, Outside Magazine, Tampa Tribune, Skinet.com, Colorado Expressions, Examiner.com, others. He is a member of SATW and has been an active member of NASJA since 1977.
The judges complimented Vournas on his photographs, especially those depicting action, drama, and risk, adding, “It all added up to compelling use of photography for storytelling.”
The complete list of past Harold S. Hirsch Award Winners can be found here: https://nasja.org/past-winners-of-the-harold-s-hirsch-award/
Note: The Hirsch Awards were revamped in 2018 to better reflect the changes in the ways journalists communicate. Several categories were merged so that words could be judged against words, whether in paper or digital form. Video and photography are now judged together in a new Images category. The Book award is given every third year and was included in the 2018 contest.
Staring in 2018 the competition was opened to all journalists, not just NASJA members.