Mandan News

Mandan photographer honored

This photo, originally published on July 12, 2013, won first place in the spot news category. There was no original caption. The photo originally appeared on a Fourth of July Celebration section done specially for the July 12 issue. (Rick Scharf photo)

This photo, originally published on July 12, 2013, won first place in the spot news category. There was no original caption. The photo originally appeared on a Fourth of July Celebration section done specially for the July 12 issue. (Rick Scharf photo)

By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor

Quality art is necessary for any paper. It helps illustrate stories, as well as create interest on each page. Over the last few decades, the Mandan News has had the opportunity to use the work of Rick Scharf for just this purpose.

Throughout this time, the photos that Scharf have taken have brought with them various awards. At the recent Annual NDNA Better Newspaper contest, three pieces of his work were honored.

A large portion of Scharf’s work over the years has been in regards to sports. However, that was not his area of expertise when he first started. But he learned quickly, as he had to.

“I remember the first time they had me take photos of a sports event,” Scharf said. “I didn’t have a single shot turn out.”

At that time, Scharf was still working with an analog film camera, and thus did not have the opportunity to instantly check his work, and readjust accordingly as photographers are able to do now.

Today, that has all changed, but that hasn’t stopped Scharf.

“Everything is digital now,” Scharf said.

Even with the changes over the years, Scharf continues to present wonderful pieces of art that lend themselves greatly to the paper. This is especially seen in the photos that were selected to receive honors.

The task of being a photographer though is more than just capturing a moment in time. Ideally, it should also be capturing the emotions of what is going on, as well as tell a story. Many see that in the photos that Scharf presents.

This photo, originally published on July 12, 2013, won second place in the feature photo category. Original caption: Mandan's Casey Breuer rides for a 74 score in bareback action at this year's Mandan Rodeo Days, which was held at the Dacotah Centennial Park July 2 to 4. Nearly $42,000 in money was awarded to professional riders from all across the country who competed in the rodeo. (Rick Scharf photo)

This photo, originally published on July 12, 2013, won second place in the feature photo category. Original caption: Mandan’s Casey Breuer rides for a 74 score in bareback action at this year’s Mandan Rodeo Days, which was held at the Dacotah Centennial Park July 2 to 4. Nearly $42,000 in money was awarded to professional riders from all across the country who competed in the rodeo. (Rick Scharf photo)

This photo, originally published on Dec. 20, 2013, won third place in the news photo category. Original caption: Two people remain after all the wreaths were placed on Dec. 14 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery (Rick Scharf photo)

This photo, originally published on Dec. 20, 2013, won third place in the news photo category. Original caption: Two people remain after all the wreaths were placed on Dec. 14 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery (Rick Scharf photo)