In a happy coincidence, for the second consecutive year the annual Award for Photography by the Northern Virginia Review, a publication of literature and the arts, has been given to a Library Systems & Services employee, Todd Morgan, who works onsite in the Libraries' Cataloging Department. Todd was honored for his photograph "Broken Pier," taken on a lake in Michigan, and follows cataloger Huston Dove's 2010 win for his breathtaking photograph "Bridge Series #8." Todd, who spent six years as a teacher in Sendai, Japan before coming to the Smithsonian as a volunteer, has been working for LSSI since 2006.
Additionally, my photograph "Autumn" was selected for inclusion into this, the Northern Virginia's Review's Silver Anniversary edition. I've been onsite in Cataloging as LSSI's project manager since 2000, and divide my time between my home in Georgetown and a 120 acre farm outside of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. My photograph was taken last fall on a pond in Lost River, West Virginia.
"Autumn" by Brian Judge
The unveiling of the 2011 edition of the Northern Virgina Review took place in Annandale on March 22th, following a gala reception, with Claudia Emerson, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry, as the guest speaker.
Both Todd and I were honored to have been chosen from the hundreds of photographs submitted, and happier yet that this is the second year in a row that an LSSI employee working at the Libraries has won the top prize.