Saturday, March 8, 2014
File PHOTO BY GREGORY REC -- Tuesday, January 25, 2000 -- Robert Pate clears a path through the snow at the First Parish Congregational Church in Saco in this photo from 2000. This photo is part of Staff Photographer Gregory Rec's portfolio that garnered him the Master Photographer award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors.
The New England Society of Newspaper Editors on Friday named Gregory Rec of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram this year's winner of the Master Photographer award for daily newspapers.
The award was presented at the group's convention at The Boston Globe.
Judges praised Rec's work, including coverage of Maine soldiers' efforts to help rebuild Iraq and the legacy of Maine native Hanley Denning's humanitarian work in Guatemala.
''Greg's depth of work, as well as his variety of stories and images, stood out from the other contestants,'' the judges said.
Jeannine Guttman, editor and vice president of the Press Herald, said the recognition is well-deserved.
''Greg is one of those rare photojournalists whose work you recognize before you check the credit line,'' Guttman said.
''We are all extremely proud of Greg. He is a talented and tireless photojournalist who approaches every assignment -- whether it's the Iraq war or a Maine snowstorm -- with the same fervor and commitment to excellence.''
Rec also has been a leader in new forms of media, said Angie Muhs, the newspaper's deputy managing editor for online and multimedia.
''Greg has been very instrumental in the visual presence of pressherald.com, in showing video and in putting together slide shows and teaching other photographers how to do the same,'' she said.
Rec joined the newspaper's staff in 1997.
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