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LR photojournalist: No. 1 in NOLA — First prize in photo shootout goes to local standout

Thu Nov 14 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The image of a silver-painted man wearing jeweled clothing and clutching a trumpet on a New Orleans street corner earned top honors for an LR student at this year’s National College Media Convention.

Tiffany Fields, a Lenoir-Rhyne University junior, took First Prize in this year’s Photo Shootout contest in New Orleans.

Fields, 20, of Marion, and about 100 of her fellow college photojournalists took part in the Shootout. The theme was “All that jazz.” The assignment: take a photo that captures the spirit of New Orleans by telling a complete story in a single image—and get it done in 48 hours.

The 79 entries included photos of subjects from street performers, artists and musicians to NOLA’s flamboyant locals and tourists.

Fields shot more than 200 photos in search of a winning image but she came up empty with only a few hours to go before the contest deadline. She wasn’t happy with her photographs and was having second thoughts about entering anything at all when she got the break she needed less than three hours before all entries were due.

Bo Battle, also known as Silver-Man, was sitting motionless at the corner of Decatur and St. Phillip deep in the heart of the French Quarter.

“He wouldn’t move or speak unless you gave him money. I had to give him $1 or he wouldn’t talk to me,” Fields said. “He would talk for a minute then freeze again. I think it cost me $3 to get my shot.”

Fields shot about 30 frames of Silver-Man in natural outdoor light at about 9 a.m. with her Nikon D5000. The only photo editing she did was to pump up the contrast. Light, composition, timing and skill did the rest.

The winners were announced Monday night.

“I was on the phone with one of my photographers from the student newspaper when I got the email on my phone,” Fields said. “I screamed when I got the news—well, I squealed like a little 12-year-old girl actually.”

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