Me

The Mystery Jig is me: Troy R. Bennett.

In addition to working as a portrait and wet plate collodion artist, I’m a visual journalist for the Bangor Daily News , shooting stills and video in Portland and Southern Maine. Before working for the BDN, I covered Mid-Coast Maine for The Times Record for almost 12 years. I have received awards for my photography and writing from the New England Newspaper Association, the Maine Press Association and the Associated Press. See the list below for all the gory details. I currently serve as president of the board of directors of the Maine Press Association.

I love motorcycle travel and and adventure.

I play banjo and guitar in the successful HALF MOON JUG BAND, which tours regionally, and a I also play celtic-inspired folk music with THE SQUID JIGGERS which also tours all over the northeast and beyond. I’m a die-hard Red Sox nut and I’m currently rehabilitating a 140-year-old house in Portland with my wife, Kris.

The name Mystery Jig comes from a fiddle tune I learned from Fiddlin’ Phil from Munjoy Hill. Phil couldn’t remember the name, and the mystery was born.

SERVICE

• 2014-15 President, Maine Press Association

• 2012-15 Contest Committee Chair, Maine Press Association

• 2013-14 Vice President, Maine Press Association

• 2012-13 Second Vice President, Maine Press Association

• 2005-16 First photographer elected to Maine Press Association board of directors

AWARDS

Daily newspaper photography

• 2016 Maine Press Association, third place, scenic photo

• 2016 Maine Press Association, third place, feature video

• 2016 Maine Press Association, second place, online digital project

• 2015 Maine Press Association, first place, feature photo

• 2015 Maine Press Association, first place, news photo

• 2014 Maine Press Association, first place, picture story

• 2014 Maine Press Association, first place, feature video

• 2014 Maine Press Association, second place, sports video

• 2014 Maine Press Association, third place, sports video

• 2013 Maine Press Association, first place, people photo

• 2012 Maine Press Association, third place, people photo

• 2012 Maine Press Association, third place, scenic photo

• 2012 Maine Press Association, second place, feature photo

• 2011 Maine Press Association, second place, news photo

• 2011 Maine Press Association, honorable mention, people photo

• 2011 New England Newspaper & Press Assoc. third place, feature photo

• 2011 New England Newspaper & Press Assoc. first place, personality photo

• 2011 New England Newspaper & Press Assoc. second place, pictorial photo

• 2010 Nominated Maine Press Association Journalist of the Year

• 2010 Maine Press Association, first place, scenic photo

• 2010 Maine Press Association, third place, news photo

• 2010 Maine Press Association, second place, picture story

• 2009 Maine Press Association, first place, multimedia presentation

• 2009 Maine Press Association, third place, special section photos

• 2009 Maine Press Association, third place, feature photo

• 2009 Maine Press Association, third place, picture story

• 2009 New England Newspaper & Press Assoc. second place, feature photo

• 2009 New England Newspaper & Press Assoc. first place, supplement photos

• 2008 Maine Press Association, third place, news photo

• 2008 Maine Press Association, honorable mention, picture story

• 2008 New England Press Association third place, sports photo

• 2007 Associated Press, New England Division, first place, September

• 2007 New England Press Association, third place, sports photo

• 2006 New England Press Association, second place, team coverage

• 2006 Maine Press Association first place, graphics

• 2005 Maine Press Association third place, people photo

• 2005 Maine Press Association honorable mention, picture story

• 2004 Maine Press Association second place, general news photo

• 2004 Maine Press Association second place, sports photo

• 2004 New England Press Association first place, pictorial photo

• 2004 New England Press Association, second place, photo illustration

• 2002 Maine Press Association, second place, spot news photo

• 2001 New England Press Association, honorable mention, news photo

• 2000 Associated Press, New England Division, third place, July

Daily newspaper writing

• 2016 Maine Press Association, third place, arts/feature story

• 2007 New England Press Association first place, feature arts writing

• 2001 New England Press Association, first place, human interest story

EXHIBITIONS

• 2016 Tintype exhibition at Hay Gallery, Portland, Maine

• 2014 Solo tintype exhibition at Victoria Mansion, Portland, Maine

• 2013 Solo tintype exhibition at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine

• 2013 Solo tintype exhibition at Victoria Mansion, Portland, Maine

• 2012 Featured tintype exhibit at The Barn Gallery, Phippsburg, Maine

• 2009 Published in World Wet Plate Collodion Day Book, worldwide

• 2008 Chocolate Church Arts Center Annual Juried Photography Exhibit, Bath Maine

• 2008 Merrymeeting Arts Center juried portrait exhibition, Bowdoinham, Maine

• 2007 Chocolate Church Arts Center Annual Juried Photography Exhibit, Bath, Maine