----- ---------------------------------John Spink / Atlanta Photojournalist -----------------------------------------


----John Spink is a fulltime staff photographer with the Atlanta Journal / Constitution . Before coming to Atlanta, he served as a staff photographer for the Kansas City Times (now Kansas City Star) and as a stringer photographer with the Associated Press in Kansas City. John's span of news coverage encompasses a world of subjects. Six U.S. Presidents, Pope John Paul's U.S. pastoral visits, The Hyatt Regency disaster, Political Conventions, World Series, Superbowl, Olympics and a span of celebrities and major news events.

----John was part of the team, who as a 'staff ' won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News for the coverage of the Hyatt Regency Skywalk Disaster in Kansas City. Awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, The National Press Photographers Association, The International Association of Professional Firefighters, The Atlanta Press Club, The Georgia Press Association, The Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism and Cox Newspapers have all recognized Spink's work over the years.

----John was Winner of the 2015 Georgia Associated Press Media Editors Awards - Photo of the Year. Nominated by the Atlanta Press Club's Excellence in Photojournalism 2015 Print Photography, Daily category. Winner for Atlanta Press Club's Excellence in Photojournalism 2014 & 2013; 2012 for Broadcast Photography Single Image & Broadcast Photography Gallery categories; and in 2010 for Excellence in Photojournalism.

----In 2011, John won the Excellence in Photojournalism award from the Atlanta Press Club for his portfolio of news images taken over the 2010 calendar year. 2007, first place for spot news from the Georgia Press Association. 2006, John won Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press with a spot news picture of a knife wielding being captured. 2004, John won the best news picture from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists for a mother grieving over her son's casket, a casualty of the Iraq war.  2001, John took second place in the news photography category in the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. In 2000, John took Honorable Mention as Cox Newspaper's Photographer of the Year.

----1999 John was recognized by the National Press Photographers Association Region 6 for a dramatic crane rescue photo and by the Georgia Associated Press for a parent and child embracing following the Heritage High School shooting. Georgia Associated Press Photo of the Year for 1998 for his picture of a Hall County Tornado victim and also a 1998 Best of Cox Award, for the same picture from the Cox newspaper chain.






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