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Four RCC Students, Three Graduates are NCPPA Winners

ASHEBORO (February 27, 2014)

Randolph Community College photography graduate Jerry Wolford won the Photographer of the Year award from the North Carolina Press Photographers Association for the second year in the row. It was the third time in his career that he has earned the POY honor. The awards were given out at the organization’s annual contest and meeting held recently in Charlotte.
Wolford, a Randleman native who has worked at the News & Record for over 26 years and is a former photographer for The Courier-Tribune, also won the Sports Photographer of the Year; 1st Place-General News; 1st Place and Honorable Mention-Feature Story; 1st Place and Honorable Mention-Sports Feature; 2nd Place-Spot News; 2nd and 3rd Place-Sports Story; and 3rd Place-Sports Action.
RCC Photographic Technology students Abbi O’Leary of Franklinville, Dillon Deaton of Asheboro, Daniel Whittaker of Greensboro, and Jesse Fath of Burlington brought home awards. The students competed directly against the professionals in the field.
Deaton won 1st and 3rd Place-Cell Phone Photo and Honorable Mention-Feature. O’Leary won 3rd Place-Feature. Whittaker and Fath both won an Honorable Mention-Pictorial.
Other RCC graduates who won awards included the following:
Todd Sumlin, who works for the Charlotte Observer, 2rd Place-Pictorial.
Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez, a freelance photographer, 2nd Place-Cell Phone Photo and 3rd Place-News Photo Story/Essay.
The complete list of winners can be seen at For more information on RCC’s Photographic Technology program, visit or