Each year, the National Press Photographers Association honors the country’s top photojournalists. This year, the group named R.J. Sangosti, of the Denver Post, the best photojournalist in the nation. He’s 34, and he’s loved photography since he was a kid. CPR’s Elaine Grant sat down with Sangosti and discussed his images of Aurora theater shooting victims, wildfires, and how he handles questions of privacy and grief.

 

To view all of the photos R.J. Sangosti submitted to the National Press Photographers Association, click here

Main image: Chantel Blunk, wife of Jonathan Blunk, waits Friday, July 27, 2012, on the tarmac at Denver International Airport as her husband's body is about to be loaded into a plane to fly to Reno, Nevada for his full military funeral. Blunk was a five-year U.S. Navy veteran. He was killed during a July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora.

Image #2: Waldo Canyon Fire burns out of control, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Image #3: Chantel Blunk at the cemetery as workers prepare to fully bury her husband's body. 

Image #4: Tan Wanwei enjoys the view, Monday May, 07, 2012, from Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park as snow falls in the area. The Colorado mountains were hit with an early May snowstorm.