The usual players were present to rake in awards at this year’s San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association dinner this past weekend: Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury News and Getty images, just to name a few.
Weekly photog Nic Coury was there, too. Minus his brightly colored sneakers.
Here at the Weekly we know Coury as much for his stellar photo work as his coffee snobbery, Moto GP fandom and original meme production.
Coury was honored in the Portrait/Character category at the SFBAPPA, taking first and second place and beating out all the other major news outlets in the area.
His first place shot was taken at last year’s Jazz Festival and features Trombone Shorty with his head flung back in revelry during a performance, his trombone pointing into the sky.
It is a beautifully framed capture that won the attention of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Miami Herald photo department judges and surpassed entries from both Bay Area News Group and The Merc.
Coury’s shot of local chimney sweep Jerry Forbes atop the Spindrift Inn and dressed to the nines in his throwback English sweep suit was runner-up to his Trombone Shorty shot, but either could have taken the top prize.
Coury took home a little cash, a new camera bag and a plaque to commemorate his achievement.