Monday, July 16, 2018

Finalist in Tennessee Associated Press Picture of the Year

Thank you to the Tennessee Associated Press for choosing the below photograph to the one of the finalist images for the Picture of the Year Contest.

Polor Plunge for Christ

Finalist in Photo of the Year - Tennessee Associated Press Awards 2018

Ted White reacts to the 49 degree water in South Holston Lake on Saturday. The Water'n Hole Ministry of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church held the annual Polar Plunge for Christ Saturday at the Observation Knob Park boat ramp. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the JCMC Trauma 1 Level 1 Trauma Center's Injury Prevention to benefit Teen Suicide Awareness. On average one person between the ages of 10 and 24 will die from suicide every two hours.  Tennessee is ranked 18th nationally for teen suicide rates. This is the second year with the first year raising $3000 for the church meal mission.  This year the second misson was added after a teen from Sullivan East High School committed suicide last year.

Photos Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier/

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tennessee Press Association Awards 2018

House Moving ASP

1st. Place News Photograph - Tennessee Press Association Awards 2018

2nd. Place – May 2017 – Feature/Single-National Press Photographers Association.

Workers with Layman Construction Company and House Moving, move traffic Signals on 6th. Street away from the crest of the house they were moving down Anderson Street in Bristol, Tennessee on Wednesday.  The house was one of three built by Appalachian Service Project during race week by Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee and Iowa State University.  The first house moved was built by University of Tennessee.  The trip from the speedway to Pennsylvania Ave. took approx. 1 1/2 hours to make and the finishing of the foundation and inside of house will be done over the next few weeks.

Photos Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier/

Believe in Bristol Santa

3rd. Place Feature Photography - Tennessee Press Association Awards 2018

2nd. Place General News Photo 2017 Virginia Press Association Awards.

Nancy Reynolds just moved to Bristol, Tennessee and she stopped by the Believe in Bristol Santa sleigh on Saturday and asked Santa for some help in her life decisions.   Santa was on hand at the Farmer's Market for free photos with Santa.

Photos Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier/

Little John Deere Guy

5th. Place Feature Photography - Tennessee Press Association Awards 2018

Gavin Brewer, 3, was helping out his mom, Rachel Brewer, pick up sticks and twigs from their yard along Bellehaven Drive in Bristol, Virginia on Thursday.  Gavin was riding his battery John Deere tractor while Rachel was riding behind with the John Deere Lawn mower.  In addition, Gavin has a John Deere trailer for his tractor and a full size John Deere Playset with slide and swing. The two were enjoying the warm weather.

Photo Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier/

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Week 3 at Cal Ripken Experience Park Pigeon Forge, TN.

DSC_7617Shooting this summer for Glossy Finish at the Cal Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  Hundreds of baseball players each week from across the Country.  




Sunday, July 1, 2018

Award Winning Photography 2018

Patriotic Rain Drops

3rd. Place Feature Photo- National Press Photographers Assoc. April Clips

The American Flag painted on the side of a building along Lee Highway is refracted in the rain drops that cling to a window.  The rain once again began to fall on Tuesday and is forecast to fall for severa days.

Photos Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier/

Families Belong Together March in Bristol

Families Belong Together March

Denise Skeen, from Bristol, Virginia,  holds up two signs and yells at honking cars on Saturday, June 30, 2018 on the stateline in Bristol, Virginia during the Families Belong Together March.  Approx. 135 people attended the rally with signs in support of keeping children with parents and downing the Government for its policies towards immigrants.

Families Belong Together March

Photo Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier/