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LA Times Photographers Score POYi Prizes

The folks at the annual photographer awards derby Pictures of the Year International (POYi), sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism, are in the midst of a three-week cavalcade of honors. But only a few of the competition’s prizes are ranked as “premiere” awards.

Winners in the first two such awards categories for 2010 were announced Friday. LA Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez scored second place in the “Photographer of the Year – Newspaper” bracket (behind The New York TimesDamon Winter), while colleague Barbara Davidson has been deemed winner of the Community Awareness Award for her work on the three-part LA Times series “Caught in the Crossfire.” Here’s a sample of her 40 submitted pictures, which she separately titled “Stray Bullets”:

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Burning Down The Houses…

43367367.jpgOver 100 homes in Montecito have been lost and thousands of acres burned in what is being called ‘The Tea House fire’ or the Tea Fire (depending on your source) because of the structure at the point of origin. Reporting for the LA Times is staffer Molly Hennessy-Fiske…who has yet to miss covering a fire in the Southland. Suspicious? Wasn’t Clark Kent always covering Super Man sightings?

Speaking of being on the scene, Wonkette editor Ken Layne writes about his experience on a vaca in Santa Barbara on LAist:

Mansions and compounds literally exploded as we creeped south on the 101. The Santa Barbara radio stations faded out. I switched to the L.A. news stations, 1070 and 980, both of which were inexplicably reporting that the estates owned by Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe were safe. Idiots.

Hello, that’s how we roll in LA, have to report the important stuff first.

And as always, Craig Smith has plenty about it. His beat is literally burning.

(Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)