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News 5's chief photographer honored with prestigious National Press Photographers Association awards

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 14:22:44-04

CLEVELAND — The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has announced its 2019 Best of Photojournalism Awards. News 5 Cleveland chief photographer Andy Sugden received multiple honors for his work.

Sugden won first place in the category of Soft News Feature for the story "Forgotten Ghost," which tells the story of an urban explorer who spends his time documenting East Cleveland.

Sugden also took home an honorable mention in the Hard News Feature category for "The Way of Waverly," the inspirational story of a barber who found his way out of a troubled life.

These awards are the latest in a long string of honors that Sugden has been recognized with throughout his career. As talented as he is humble, he is much more focused on what he will be working on next than anything he's accomplished in the past.

When we gathered our staff to recognize Andy this week, he gave the shortest speech in newsroom history. News 5's Homa Bash summed up what we were all thinking when she said, "It's Andy. He works his ass off, and he's amazing."