Press Democrat’s Kent Porter Named National Photojournalist of the Year

Press Democrat visual journalist Kent Porter has been named Photojournalist of the Year (Small Market) by the National Press Photographers Association.

Porter won the award in the still photography division for his overall contributions to visual journalism in 2021. Photojournalists serving around the world enter the annual contest.

“Working in Santa Rosa gives us the luxury of being able to cover four counties and even further. I love being able to show readers something they haven’t seen on the evening news or in another newspaper. It’s a community issue for me,” Porter said.

Press Democrat editor Richard A. Green said Porter’s honor was well deserved.

“It is, without a doubt, a tremendous and well-deserved honor in one of the world’s most prestigious photojournalism competitions,” said Green.

The National Press Photographers Association is a 75-year-old organization that represents press photographers, videographers and multimedia journalists.

Porter was part of the Press Democrat team that received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for covering the North Bay fires in 2017. He has been a photojournalist for The Press Democrat since 1987.

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