New honors follow the Gun Crisis reporting team

Police fire a gas canister into during a standoff in with a gunman in Pottstown, PA. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

Police fire a gas canister during a standoff in with a gunman in Pottstown, PA. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

Police vehicles form a procession for slain Plymouth Township, Pa., police officer Bradley Fox.

Police vehicles form a procession for slain Plymouth Township, Pa., Police Officer Bradley Fox.

Tom Kelly IV of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project was recently named the runner-up in Photojournalist of the Year category for smaller markets in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best Of Photojournalism 2013 competition.

Most of the 40 images included in Kelly’s 2012 portfolio were published last year at GunCrisis.org, including those on this page.

According nppa.org, the organization is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism – its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution – in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.

The Best Of Photojournalism competition is “renowned as the contest designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” according to the group.

A Newtown School District school bus passes by the church during services for one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A Newtown School District school bus passes by the church during services for one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

You won’t catch us celebrating before we can point to sustained gun violence reductions, but the constant stream of honors and attention following the Gun Crisis Reporting Project have been priceless in terms of maintaining momentum at an organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers.

A prayer vigil gathers after a child and a teen were shot to death in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia.

A prayer vigil gathers after a child and a teen were shot to death in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia last summer.

Last week, Jim MacMillan was presented with a Partners in Peace award on behalf of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project from Mothers in Charge, a local violence prevention, education and intervention organization at their 10th anniversary gala.

Last month, Joseph Kaczmarek was recognized with first-place statewide honors from the Associated Press Managing Editors for his photographic coverage of loved ones reacting at a fatal shooting scene in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia last August.

Teammate Tara Murtha was recently named the state’s Distinguished Writer for weekly newspaper writing — for the third time. Her portfolio included coverage of GunCrisis.org, written before she joined our organization.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project strives to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to find solutions.

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