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Tri-Cities photographer winning international awards

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- A photographer in the Tri-Cities is racking up international awards. Just this week, Eric Kruszewski won the "International Award for Photojournalism" from Paris PX3, along with a few other awards from them. He has also won the Best New Talent Award from London-based "Travel Photographer of the Year" and a few National Geographic contests.

By day, Kruszewski is a Mechanical Engineer at Bechtel. By all other waking moments, he's a photographer. He says, "When I'm not doing the engineering, I always have the camera in my hand."

His passion only began two-and-a-half years ago, while working for Bechtel overseas. He explains, "It started while I was living overseas. I wanted to being taking pictures of my life, my surroundings, while living in countries in the former Soviet Union." Then he realized, there was something more. "Moments, cultures, societies.. turn the camera away from me and put it towards those people," Kruszewski says.

Kruszewski doesn't have formal training, but went on a National Geographic photo-expedition in India and learned from their photographers. "I was hooked," he says. With the photos from India, he won a National Geographic contest. The prize was a trip to Alaska. He photographed his way through the state and won yet another award with a series of photos he took there.

He says he uses all of his vacations to travel, and of course, take pictures. Kruszewski says, "It wasn't about sipping an umbrella drink by the pool. It was, 'What kind of culture and what kind of people could I be around and tell their story?'" His travels and photos have taken him to India, Tibet, and Haiti, just to name a few.

Kruszewski says he plans to keep taking pictures and working on a few photojournalism projects. This fall, he'll be traveling to India and Nepal.

To see his work, click here.

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