The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Founded in the days of sheet film box cameras and newsreels, our organization fights for the working news photographer, videographer and multimedia journalist in the Internet age. Our Code of Ethics stands for the highest integrity in visual storytelling. Our advocacy efforts put NPPA in the center of today’s thorniest issues of journalists’ rights to do their work — and to earn a living from their craft. Our ongoing education initiatives seek to equip our members and prepare the emerging generation of visual journalists in the face of an ever-changing media landscape. In light of these challenges, the work of NPPA has never been more vital than it is today.
The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism – its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution – in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.
The National Press Photographers Association was founded in 1946. In the first issue of National Press Photographer (published in Boston, MA, in April, 1946), an editorial on the front page proclaimed, “With this issue is born a voice, one that has been mute much too long.”
The article continued, “We're no longer going to permit ourselves to be relegated to the position of the unwelcome, but necessary, stepchildren of the Fourth Estate. We've got a voice, finally, and we're going to make use of it. No false modesty. No muffling of that voice under a barrel. We're going to yell so loud – when the occasion demands, and not just for the fun of hearing ourselves shout – that those in this country who have been injuring us with scant courtesy will begin to realize that here is a new force to be reckoned with.”
In the early years, the NPPA fought to have cameras allowed in courtrooms, and to improve government and media relations. Interestingly, many of the benefits members enjoy today evolved from programs begun in the late 1940s.
The NPPA of today encompasses the three facets of visual journalism – still images, video, and multimedia – and reflects the comprehensive, modern transformation of the industry and the association's more than 6,500 constituents.
NPPA is a 501c(6) non-profit professional organization with over 6,500 members. It is governed by the 15-person Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meets every month, and the full Board meets at least once a year.
Additionally, 11 geographic regions elect leaders to address local issues and reach out on a grassroots level.
The current governance structure was approved by the Board of Directors in June 2009, and put in place January 2010.
The National Press Photographers Foundation Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is charged with advancing press photography through education and awarding scholarships and fellowships to deserving individuals who have demonstrated ability or promise in the field of photojournalism.
Donate or apply for scholarships on the NPPF website.