Saturday, March 9, 2013

Schedule is set for educational seminar at The Columbus Dispatch

Contest entries have been submitted and now it is time to focus on the 62nd annual ONPA educational seminar at The Columbus Dispatch on April 20. The event will follow last year's format and is free to attend for ONPA members in good standing. Anyone wishing to become a member can do so at the door when they arrive.

Those attending will hear from a nationally recognized panel of speakers. Speakers this year include: Liz Baylen from the LosAngeles Times, John Sale, AME/Visual at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN, former NPPA POY Scott Strazzante from the Chicago Tribune and three-time NPPA Television Photographer of the Year Darren Durlach, now working at the Boston Globe.

Saturday's program will open a 9 a.m. with a presentation by Darren Durlach followed by Scott Strazzante at 10:45 a.m. The annual business meeting will take place over lunch followed by Liz Baylen at 1:45 p.m. and John Sale at 3:15 p.m.

Judging of the still contest will begin late Thursday evening and continue through the day on Friday. As in past years the Television and Online Photojournalism contest entries have been sent out for judging with results expected to be in hand before the event.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Remembering Ron Kuntz

Ron Kuntz works the NEC World Series of Golf in 
Akron with his signature Australian bush hat. 
The world has lost a great photographer, and an even finer human being with the passing of Ron Kuntz. Many people are remembered for what they did for a living, but fewer are remembered for how they lived their life. 

As the tributes to him pour in on social media and elsewhere it is evident that Ronnie would fall into the later category. He touched so many lives in such a positive way, and that is how he is being remembered.

There were many great stories told through the lens of Ron Kuntz over the years. There were even more told by him. No one could spin a tale better than Ronnie and he often he held court at pre-game gatherings sharing his stories. 

If you were at a baseball game for one of these sessions and a former player happened to be in the media dining room, they would always stop to greet him. Of course their visit would usually prompt yet another story.

Kuntz may have been short in stature, but former players and his colleagues always looked up to him. There were many punchlines over the years about Ronnie's height, or lack thereof, the best ones usually came from Ronnie himself.

The story of his life  and amazing career were told by Plain Dealer writer Brian Albrecht who wrote a Sunday Magazine piece on Kuntz. A link for the story can be found on the ONPA website.

Kuntz began covering the Indians in 1953, which was before most of us in the business were even born. He was a walking, talking history book covering everything from the Sam Sheppard murder trial to sports legends like Muhammad Ali and Jack Nicklaus and spent many years as a volunteer with the Bill Glass Prison Ministry.

Today they are people from many walks of life who mourn his passing.

The images were great - the man was even better.

Plain Dealer obituary