The Daily Star’s chief photographer, Julie Lewis, received her latest photography award in Syracuse on Thursday at the 182nd annual meeting of the New York State Agricultural Society.
“For Julie’s photos to win the Harold ‘Cap’ Creal Award four of the last eight years is an incredible achievement,” Daily Star Editor Sam Pollak said.
The award was created in 1978 to inspire more coverage of the positive aspects of state agriculture.
Lewis said: “Agriculture is very important in our coverage area, and it’s always been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. I’m honored that the society chose to recognize my work again this year.”
Lewis won for her March 25 photo of Miquela Hanselman pushing in feed to her cows on the the family’s South Kortright farm.
“Taking a quality agricultural photo often entails being out in freezing weather or being pummeled by rain or snow,” Pollak said. “Julie never lets anything get in the way of producing wonderful photographs for our readers.”
She has also won a numerous other awards, from such organizations as the Associated Press and New York Publishers Association, in her more than 30 year career at The Daily Star. She was twice runner-up for the CNHI Photographer of the Year honor. CNHI is the parent company of The Daily Star and Cooperstown Crier and operates in more than 150 communities nationwide.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Julie’s caliber and experience on our staff,” Daily Star Publisher Mitchell Lynch said. “It’s nice to see the society continue to recognize her talents.”