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Jace Fronce looks up to his dad and Army veteran, Josh, while marching in the Memorial Day parade in Auburn, NY, May 28, 2018.

The Citizen’s staff photographer Kevin Rivoli has again been named the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year in the New York/International Region for 2018.

The organization this week announced winners from last year's contest, and for the second straight year, Rivoli was the top photojournalist in his region. He also won the title in 1989 and 1991.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen staff photographer

Rivoli earned the honor by competing in the NPPA’s Monthly News Photography Contest, which is one of the most popular and longest-standing of the NPPA member contests. Open to association members, it provides still photographers with an opportunity to share their published work and compete against some the best photographers in their region each month.

The competition features seven categories — Spot News, General News, Sports Action, Sports Feature, Single Picture Feature, Photo Story/Essay, and Portrait/Illustration — and nine regions. The NY/International region includes member photographers working across New York state and outside the country.

Rivoli started his career in photojournalism as a staff photographer at The Citizen in October 1988. He left The Citizen in 1996 to work for newspapers, magazines and news wire services including the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Syracuse Post-Standard, The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press. In 2008, Rivoli published his first book, "In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America" (Simon and Schuster). Rivoli returned to The Citizen in October 2016 as staff covering daily life in Auburn and the surrounding towns and villages in the Cayuga County area.​

"The Citizen and its readers are so fortunate to have Kevin covering this community as a photojournalist," The Citizen executive editor Jeremy Boyer said. "His talent is evident in every image he shoots, and the dedication to his craft is an inspiration to all of us."

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