ED BLOCHOWIAK (1950-2016) started as a photojournalist for the Shawnee News-Star in 1973. A native of Shawnee and graduate of Shawnee High School, he joined the paper after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. He covered everything from dance recitals to politics, fatal fires and the Murrah bombing. Known for his dramatic compositions, he was interested in shooting civic ceremonies. He approached photography knowing that whatever happened each day could be exciting. His photos won more than 90 awards from the Associated Press and Oklahoma Press Association and other organizations. He was awarded Photo of the Year once by AP and twice by OPA.