A mass communication major and former photo editor of the Towerlight, Smith has been working as a freelance photojournalist and traveling the world since he graduated in 2009.
“I am happy, humbled and proud, to say the very least,” said Smith in response.
“I am fortunate to work alongside and also compete with the very best photojournalists and editors who continually inspire me to document stories locally and nationally. I feel like Getty Images deserves the credit on this one—their trust, support and guidance has been unparalleled,” he continued.
“Their dedication to visual story telling and photojournalism is why they are regularly published and are respected as leaders in their field,” said WHNPA President Ron Sachs of the “Eyes of History” contest winners. “The quality of the contest submissions gets better each and every year.”
As the Still Photographer of the Year, Smith will this May be honored at a black-tie gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., where he will meet President Barack Obama, government dignitaries and fellow industry celebrities.
See a few of Smith’s winning entries below:
To see more of Patrick’s winning photography, visit www.whnpa.org.