Photography Contests: `Tis the Season

By Jim Colton

Once again we are upon the photography contest season.  And every year I hear photographers ask “Do photo contests matter?” In the opinion of this photo editor, they do! But just don’t take my word for it; here are what some prominent industry professionals think about the value of contests and what you can do to assure your entries are seen in the best light.


By John Long

The economic uncertainty of the future of photojournalism and the evolving nature of photography itself has caused much nervousness among photographers, especially among young photographers.

This column appeared in News Photographer Magazine in April/May 2006.

R - E – S - P - E - C - T

By John Long

In journalism we need to respect the documentary photograph the way we respect the written word.

This column appeared in News Photographer Magazine in September 2006.

A Web Extra: What's In Your Fire Kit?

By Sedda Kreabs

Photographers with little or no experience covering wildfires might not know what to have in a Fire Kit that's ready to go at a moment's notice. Pete Demetriou, a 26-year news veteran and wildfire reporter in Los Angeles, CA, offers his personally customized list of what to have packed for your photo team.

The Greater Good?

By John Long

When photojournalists are faced with competing “goods” how do you make the decision which “good” is the more important one? Is it more important to run a manipulated photo or not run the photo at all? What is your value system?

This column ran in News Photographer Magazine in October 2007.

Think Fast

By Paul Martin Lester

Should a photojournalist help police in civil disturbances and non-life threatening crime events? This is an especially important column for small town photographers.

This column appeared in News Photographer Magazine in November 2007. See also companion columns from September 2011 entitled “Potter Box” and February 2010 entitled “Shoot First.”