Award Winning Photography

Matthew Thayer has won more than 35 state and national awards for his photography and writing, including first place nationally for his coverage of the “Miracle Landing” of Aloha Airlines Flight 243.

Associated Press presented Thayer with an official commendation after he hopped an airport fence to take photos of the crippled jet. The shots appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world. The Suburban Newspapers of America honored Thayer with a first place in Spot News Photography for his coverage.

Thayer has won more than 16 first place photography awards for shooting a wide variety of subjects — everything from plantation
workers and cowboys to spot news and action sports.

  • Hawaii Society of Professional Journalists
  • Hawaii Publishers Association’s Pa’i Awards
  • Suburban Newspapers of America