Hector Amezcua has been a staff photographer for The Sacramento Bee
for eight years. He has documented a variety of major stories at The Bee, including a series on the first play staged at Luther Burbank High School in a decade, "Staging a Comeback." Amezcua has received first-place photo honors from The California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. For this project he helped with translation and reporting and recorded video and audio, which can be found on The Bee's Web site. Amezcua, a Mexico City native, became a U.S. citizen earlier this year.