MPPA awards

Central Michigan University photojournalism students swept the top awards in the College Photographer of the Year category at the Michigan Press Photographers Association awards. 

Novi senior Zack Wittman took first place, Beal City senior Shannon Millard placed second and Chicago senior Taylor Ballek took third place.

Photojournalism alumni also won top awards for their work. Sean Proctor, the Department of Journalism's 2014 Young Journalist of the Year, was named Photographer of the Year and received Best of Show honors.

​​Best of Show 
Sean Proctor, for The New York Times, “A Higher Calling”
Barry Edmonds Michigan Understanding Award
Detroit Free Press Staff, “Detroit: Clean Slate”

Photographer of the Year
1st place: Sean Proctor, Midland Daily News
2nd place: Jake May, The Flint Journal
Third place: Nick King, Midland Daily News
Honorable Mention: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

College Photographer of the Year
1st place: Zack Wittman, Central Michigan University
2nd place: Shannon Millard, Central Michigan University
3rd place: Taylor Ballek, Central Michigan University

Multimedia Photographer of the Year
1st place: Jarrad Henderson, Detroit Free Press
2nd place: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press

Sports Portfolio
1st place: Nick King, Midland Daily News
2nd place: Jake May, The Flint Journal​
3rd place: Sean Proctor, Midland Daily News

Multimedia Project
1st place: Shannon Millard, Central Michigan University, “Because of Us”
2nd place: Yfat Yossifor, The Bay City Times, “Never Forget”

Multimedia Feature
1st place: Jarrad Henderson, Detroit Free Press, “Body Image”
2nd place: Nate Kostegian, “M123 Winter”
3rd place: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, “One Shared Piano”

Multimedia News
1st place: Jarrad Henderson, Detroit Free Press, “Detroit Bankruptcy”
2nd place: Cory Morse, The Grand Rapids Press, “Fifth Third Ballpark”
3rd place: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, “Ice Breaking”
Honorable Mention: Jarrad Henderson, Detroit Free Press, “Basketball”

Feature Picture Story
1st place: Sean Proctor, for The New York Times, “A Higher Calling”
2nd place: Sean Proctor, Midland Daily News, “Finding a Way Home”
3rd place: Zack Wittman, Central Michigan University, “Thereafter”
Honorable Mention: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press, “Finnish Life”

News Picture Story
1st place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “I’m (not) Lovin’ It”
2nd place: Taylor Ballek, Central Michigan University, “Reckless Control”
3rd place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “Remembering Doug Halstead”
Honorable Mention: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, “Election”

Sports Picture Story
1st place: Nick King, Midland Daily News, “Little Big Leaguers”
2nd place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “Mud, Sweat, Beers”
3rd place: J. Scott Park, Jackson Citizen Patriot, “From Jail to the Ring”
Honorable Mention: Melanie Maxwell, The Ann Arbor News, “Jaylen Johnson”
Honorable Mention: Emily Brouwer, Central Michigan University, “A Ruggers Life for Me”

Spot News
1st place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “The Good Samaritans”
2nd place: Laura McDermott, The Flint Journal, “Flint Standoff”
3rd place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “Smoked”
Honorable Mention: Katie McLean, The Flint Journal, “Homicide”

General News
1st place: Neil Blake, Midland Daily News, “WWII”
2nd place: Diane Weiss, Detroit Free Press, “Church Memorial”
3rd place: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press, “Grieving”
Honorable Mention: Ken Stevens, Muskegon Chronicle, “Trial of a Cop Killer”
Honorable Mention: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “’Til Death Do Us Part”

Feature
1st place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “Retro”
2nd place: Nick King, Midland Daily News, “Elevator Music”
3rd place: Katie McLean, The Flint Journal, “Queen”
Honorable Mention: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “On a Tuesday”
Honorable Mention: Neil Blake, Midland Daily News, “Elvis”

Sports Action
1st place: Carlos Osorio, The Associated Press, “Close Shave”
2nd place: Mike Mulholland, MLive Media Group, “Megatron Grab”
3rd place: Katie McLean, The Flint Journal, “Rocket”
Honorable Mention: Dale G. Young, Detroit News, “Airborne”
Honorable Mention: Robin Buckson, Detroit News, “Call It”

Sports Feature
1st place: Sean Proctor, Midland Daily News, “Pumped Up”
2nd place: Nick King, Midland Daily News, “Burnout”
3rd place: Julia Nagy, The State News, “Media Day”
Honorable Mention: Sean Proctor, Midland Daily News, “Halftime”
Honorable Mention: Erin Kirkland, The Flint Journal, “Snacktime”
Honorable Mention: Nick King, Midland Daily News, “Pregame”

Portrait/Personality
1st place: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press, “Shooting Back”
2nd place: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press, “Beaten”
3rd place: Jake May, The Flint Journal, “Life in Prison”
Honorable Mention: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, “The Graduate”

Personal Vision
1st place: Erin Kirkland, The Flint Journal, “Cruisin’”
2nd place: Taryn Wattles, Central Michigan University, “Flying Crow”
3rd place: Sean Proctor, Midland Daily News, “Burnout”
Honorable Mention: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, “Closed Ampitheatre”​