NMG member Cortez nabs 4 awards in NYPPA photo contest

Julio Cortez

Julio Cortez

NMG member Julio Cortez won four awards at the latest New York Press Photographers Association awards last week.

Cortez, who is based in Newark, N.J., took second place in the Pictorial Category for a sharp weather shot of a big American flag flapping amid a sea of green traffic lights near the hilltop of a bustling Newark street.

He won third place in Sports Action for his photo of Nets power forward Shelden Williams grimacing after smashing a basketball into his face with his own slam dunk, his only points during a home game in Newark.

Cortez also took home two exhibit awards, in the Sports Feature category and a special category of Hurricane Sandy pictures. The latter was for an emotional shot of a man clasping his hands on his head while standing amid devastation in Mantoloking, N.J.

To check out his photos and those of other winners, visit NYPPA’a site at: http://nyppa.org/2012-year-in-pictures/