Herald senior photographer Paul T. Erickson and photographer Kai-Huei Yau earned national recognition in the National Press Photographer Association's monthly clip contest for photos from August 2009.
The NPPA holds regional monthly contests, and the winners of those are entered in a national contest.
Yau won first place for his spot news photo "Helping Hand," a photo of a rollover accident on Highway 240 near Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick.
Erickson won third place for his sports photo "Rough Ride," a photo from the Farm City Rodeo in Hermiston.
The Herald is in NPPA's Region 11, which includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.