In keeping with the NPPA's mission of vigorously promoting freedom of the press in all its forms, this award recognizes an individual who has worked to promote and advance the First Amendment, especially as it relates to news photographers. The award is named after NPPA past president Alicia Wagner Calzada, the founder and longtime chair of NPPA's Advocacy committee, who is now an attorney specializing in media law.
2019 Merriam Mikhail Joel Kurtzberg
2018 David Muraskin
2017 Frank LoMonte
2016 Chuck Tobin, Joel Roberson and Christine Walz of the Holland & Knight law firm