Kirk Williamson, photographer

I have been a photojournalist since 1978 when I went to work for North Shore Weeklies in Ipswich MA. I worked there for a year while freelancing for the 30,000 circ. daily paper in Salem MA the Salem Evening News. After a year working for North Shore Weeklies I started full time at the Salem Evening News where I stayed for 20 years leaving in 2000 for a career as a photo editor at a dot com. After three years the company decided to move out to the west coast and I figured it was time to stay on the North Shore. I founded the Cape Ann Photographic Foundation in 2004 and it is still in existence today but in a much smaller capacity. I am the Executive Director and we still have big plans ahead. In 2007 I went to work as the Multimedia Editor at Gatehouse Media North. I was in charge of the photography and multimedia for 20 small weekly newspapers and it was a great place to work as we experimented with audio slide shows, video and many new forms of media presentation for the web. In August of this year (2016) I took a buyout that was offered and entered semi-retirement. I am a member of the prestigious Rockport Art Association here in town and am looking forward to working on projects I have been putting off for many years. I still freelance shooting sports for publications and will be looking forward to continuing to photograph my passion of anything related to maritime pursuits for publications along the east coast.

I have been fortunate enough to win many awards over the years that I am proud of. At last count including 2015 I have accumulated 15 first place photography and video awards from NENPA and NEPA and numerous second and third place awards for the same categories.