Photographer repeats award

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The chief photographer at The Herald (Jasper) has been judged the nation’s best.

Dave Weatherwax was named the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2013 Photojournalist of the Year for smaller markets.

Weatherwax’s photos earned him the same small-market crown he won in 2012. The award is given in two categories – for newspapers with a circulation of more than 100,000 and for those with a circulation of less than 100,000; The Herald’s circulation is 11,000.

Weatherwax, 31, worked at The Herald as an intern in 2006 and returned in 2010 to coordinate the photo department’s editing and planning. The Michigan State University graduate and Grand Rapids, Mich., native worked previously at the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot.