COMMUNITY Newspaper Group photographer Andrew Ritchie won the Features and Lifestyle category of the PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards announced in Sydney last night.
Ritchie’s photo of a fire breathing spider that was part of the Arcadia concert at Elizabeth Quay caught the eyes of the judges.
The multi award-winning photographer said he attended the concert twice snapping among the crowd but got the most striking shot on opening night.
“I had a lot of great photos but this one summed up the essence of the event.
“It was a one off opportunity and one of the first big events at Elizabeth Quay,” he said.
Community Newspaper Group editorial director Ken Burrowes, who accepted the award on Ritchie’s behalf, said he was an outstanding photographer who was regularly and deservedly recognised for his talents.
“His skills can be seen across many situations, be it news, sport, features and profiles,” Burrowes said.
“The fact three of our photographers – Andrew, Jon Hewson and Martin Kennealey – were finalists in various PANPA categories says much about the talents of our photographic team.”