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Beacon Media Photographer Takes First Place in News Photography Contest

Terence Miller makes a quick pit stop on way to Pulitzer

untitled Adding yet another trophy to his already crowded mantle, Beacon Media photographer Terence Miller last week won the prestigious Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles news media photography contest. Selected from among thousands of entries from newspapers across Southern California, Miller bested entries from the LA Times, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Ventura County Star, to name but a few. Miller’s shot, featured on the front page of the February 26th issues of the Pasadena Independent, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre Weeklies, shows a distraught Ameka Edwards being consoled by a friend following the shooting of Leroy Barnes by Pasadena Police following a routine traffic stop. Edwards had been the driver of the car when Barnes was shot 11 times by police officers. At a hearing last week, the Los Angeles Civil Court ruled against the City of Pasadena and its position that the release of officers’ names in critical incidents should be left to the discretion of the department. The announcement followed much ongoing controversy over whether or not the shooting was justified and a refusal by the police to release dashboard video tape of the incident. According to the city, lawsuits are forthcoming against the city.
Miller, known among colleagues as "The Photoman", has continued to cover the incident in the weeks following the shooting, gathering still more breathtaking photographs and holding the city and police department’s collective feet to the fire.
This win gives Miller 30 points in the PPAGLA standings, trailing Star-News photographer Keith Birmingham by a paltry 20 points. The monthly contest is open to PPAGLA members only.
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April 23, 2009

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