Les Stukenberg - Photo Editor, The Daily Courier
Les started his photographic career in 1981 as a United States Navy photographer. He spent 3.5 years literally traveling around the world attached to the USS J.F. Kennedy, spending time on six continents; the only one he missed was Antarctica. For the balance of his enlistment he was attached to the Fleet Intelligence Center in Norfolk, Va.
In 1998, Les started working as a freelance photographer for the Mohave Valley Daily News, in Bullhead City, Ariz., and in 1999 became the lone staff photographer at the six-day-a-week paper. Winning awards from Brehm Communications and the Arizona Newspapers Association, he joined the photo staff of The Daily Courier in November 2000. Since joining the Courier's staff he has won numerous awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, WNI and the Arizona Press Club.
In the 2001 APME contest, he received seven awards for his work - more awards than any other journalist at The Daily Courier has ever received.
In June 2002 Les became the newspaper's photo editor. And, in 2007, Les won three first-place awards in the APME photo contest - Sports Feature, Feature, and Spot News. He also won Photo of the Year honors.
Les lives in Prescott Valley with his wife Julie, their two sons Max and Josh, and together they also have three dogs - Snoopy, Boomer and Blaze. Julie is a third-grade teacher at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley. In their free time they travel around Arizona and the Southwest photographing rodeos, team ropings, barrel races and anything else that exemplifies the Western lifestyle.