National Geographic : 1959 Jun
lege at St. Paul. He joined the Maga zine staff in 1956. In 1954, while with the Milwaukee Journal,he was named "Newspaper Photographer of the Year." Abercrombie is the first to win both these top awards. In the same contest, Wilbur E. Gar rett, Assistant Illustrations Editor of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, won first place for sports picture stories with "The Booming Sport of Water Ski ing," in the November, 1958, issue. It included the spectacular shot above, first published double-page in color. Chief Photographer B. Anthony Stewart took second prize for national magazine color with his picture of the yacht Finisterre (right), published as a full-page Kodachrome with the article "To Europe with a Racing Start," in June, 1958. Staff photog rapher Thomas Nebbia took a third place with a newspaper sports picture published in the Columbia, South Carolina, Record, before he joined the GEOGRAPHIC last summer. Earlier this year, in the annual competition of the White House News Photographers Association in the Nation's Capital, an entry by staff photographer John E. Fletcher and two by Joseph Baylor Roberts won, respectively, first, second, and third places for color photography. Airborne on a canvas kite, this water skier appears in a series that won a first place for Wilbur E. Garrett. Finisterre's patterns of sail and foam, photographed from a blimp, earned honors for B. Anthony Stewart.