Independent photographer Scott Smeltzer has been named a finalist in the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.'s Better Newspapers Contest for his photo of ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo being arrested at his home in Huntington Beach.
Smeltzer captured the image Sept. 21 as Rizzo, who is charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in city funds from Bell, was led away from his Surf City home by police.
The association named Smeltzer's image a finalist in the Breaking News Photo category, meaning it will place either first or second when the winners are announced April 16.
Smeltzer, a photographer for Times Community News since 2009, previously worked for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach and the Daily Press in Victorville.
"I was excited about it," he said about the CNPA honor. "I think it was a strong news moment and certainly one that a lot of people followed, so it's nice to be recognized."