Globe’s John Tlumacki wins photojournalist of year award

Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki was named the National Press Photographers Association’s 2014 photojournalist of the year for his searing photographs of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I’m so honored,” Tlumacki said. “NPPA is the first organization I joined when I started my career. And winning, it’s not about the photographs. . . . To me, it’s about the people that I photographed.”

Tlumacki watched the bombings unfold before his eyes. Instead of running away from the explosions, he ran into the chaos.


In doing so, he was able to capture close-up images of the carnage, terror, and heroic response.

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Among his photos is the iconic image of 78-year-old runner Bill Iffrig, who was knocked down by the first bomb at the finish line.

Tlumacki also took first place in domestic news single and domestic news picture story. He took second place in the feature category and received an honorable mention for contemporary issues picture story.

“To win photographer of the year from such an esteemed organization is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Bill Greene, the Globe’s director of photography.

“The courage and compassion that John displayed throughout the Marathon coverage is a true testament to his experience and professionalism.”


Last week, Tlumacki won the Scripps Howard Foundation photojournalism award for his Boston Marathon portfolio.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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