CCTV America photojournalists win White House Photographer awards

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CCTV America photojournalists Andrew Smith (l) , Joel Witte(m) and Duane Watkins (r).

CCTV America photojournalists Andrew Smith, Joel Witte and Duane Watkins have been recognized for excellence by the White House News Photographers Association.

The 95-year-old organization (WHNPA) recognizes outstanding visual journalism by its more than 900 members.   Their award winning entries are below.

Andrew Smith won awards in the Day Feature, Documentary, News Series, Sports photography categories. Smith also won in the Day Feature, Documentary, sports categories for editing.

Joel Witte, Duane Watkins both won in the Feature and Magazine feature photography categories.

Andrew Smith‘s award winning work

1st Place, Documentary (Photography)

1st Place, Documentary (Editing)

On Thin Ice: The People of the North

1st Place, Sports (Photography)

3rd Place, Sports (Editing)

Dogsledding in the Arctic

2nd Place, Day Feature- Andrew Smith

Historic Port of Call for Chinese Navy in U.S.

2nd Place, Day Feature- Andrew Smith

Mississippi State Battle Bells

Small business turns cowbells into football fans\' accessory

It takes a lot to help a small business in the United States take root, such as hard work, contacts, money and a little luck. A rural Mississippi company called Battle Bells is making a name for itself by turning out a quality cowbell. As CCTV America's Sean Callebs reported from West Point, Mississippi, Battle Bells' future looks as solid as the stainless steel used to make them.

3rd Place, News Series- Andrew Smith

Reports from the Arctic

Duane Watkins’ award winning work

2nd place magazine feature-Duane Watkins 

Full Frame- Calligraphy 

Freda Lee-McCann: Chinese caligraphy with a Western spin

Chinese-American artist Freda Lee-McCann combines traditional Chinese calligraphy with Western watercolors.

3rd Place, Feature- Duane Watkins 

Full Frame- Strangers Project

The Strangers Project: Collecting the stories of strangers

Have you ever found yourself wondering a complete stranger’s life? Most people probably keep those questions to themselves, never knowing the answers. But what if you asked that stranger to share his or her story?

Joel Witte’s award winning work

1st Place, Feature- Joel Witte

Full Frame- Isidore Recycling

Isidore Recycling combines a helping hand with environmental responsibility

Isidore Recycling not only saves the future of the planet, it saves the futures of formerly incarcerated individuals. The southern California-based company combines social enterprise with environmental responsibility to give both people and electronics a second chance in life.

3rd Place, Magazine Feature- Joel Witte

Full Frame- Cal Earth

Nader Khalili: Designing a Dream House

Full Frame takes a look at the life-saving building technique of the late architect Nader Khalili.