Day At The Track

Daily Star photographer wins AP awards

11:00 PM 29 May 2020 NZST
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Daily Star photographer Julie Lewis
Daily Star photographer Julie Lewis won an award for this photo of murder suspect Gabriel Truitt in police custody at Main Street in Oneonta on Tuesday 23rd of April 2019Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis Photo

Daily Star Chief Photographer Julie Lewis is the winner of two awards in the 2019 New York Associated Press Association Better Newspapers Contest.

Competing in Division 1, among New York newspapers with weekly circulation of up to 75,000 papers, Lewis won first place in the Sports Photo category for "Sweet Chariot," a photo of harness racing taken on July 30, 2019 during the New York Sire Stakes at the Otsego County Fair in Morris.

Lewis also won second place in the spot news category for an April 2019 photo of murder suspect Gabriel Truitt being captured by police in Oneonta.

“The intensity of the harness racing was perfectly captured in the first-place sports photo,” Daily Star Editor Denielle Cazzolla said. “And it was Julie’s news-hound ear, as well as her eye for a well-composed photo that helped earn her the award for her photo of Gabriel Truitt’s arrest.”

It was Lewis who heard police chatter on the scanner of a perimeter being set up downtown. She grabbed her camera an went to the scene, capturing the arrest. After confirming with Oneonta Police that it was Truitt, she called in the information to the newsroom, which posted the news on The Daily Star’s website and social media channels, breaking the news of the arrest of the man who was wanted in the arson death of former Oneonta firefighter John Heller several months earlier.

First place finisher Flow With Joe, driven by Jody Weidman of New Berlin, is ahead of Steuben Savage, driven by Dustin Miller, as they round a turn during the sixth race of the New York Sire Stakes on Tuesday at the Otsego County Fair in Morris

Julie Lewis | The Daily Star Photo

“We are so happy for Julie to receive these well-deserved awards,” Cazzolla said.

The first place sports photo may be seen online at The second place spot news photo may be seen at

Reprinted with permission of The Daily Star

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