For the first time in many years, the Best of Photojournalism held an awards dinner for the still photography, picture editing and online video divisions. The Awards & Speaker Series, sponsored by Sony, was hosted at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center and featured some of this year's top prizewinners.
The broadcast video division had an awards ceremony in early June to announce the final four awards during the first West Coast Workshop held in San Diego.
The speakers in Atlanta were Cliff Edom’s New America Award winner Mary F. Calvert; Photographer of the Year Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images; Magazine Picture Editor of the Year Kurt Mutchler from National Geographic; Large Team Documentary and Portfolio Online Video winner Almudena Toral of Univision; Online Video Editor of the Year Brian Kaufman from the Detroit Free Press; and POY Finalist and First Place News and Issues Story winner Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times.
“It was a fantastic awards weekend,” said Bloomberg News’ Andrew Harrer, the Politics category winner. “It was a nice break away from D.C. I got to meet some new people which I wouldn’t have had the opportunity (to) elsewhere.”
Monica Richardson, managing editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, presented Mark Johnson, senior lecturer in photojournalism at University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism, with a donation to the National Press Photographers Foundation to support its advocacy and education programs. The money came from the leadership team at the AJC.
We would like to thank our two main sponsors, UGA and Sony Electronics Inc., for their support of the 2019 Best of Photojournalism. ■
William Snyder is the BOP committee chair and professor and director of the photojournalism program at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Caption: Mary F. Calvert, Cliff Edom's New America Award winner, talks about her project on military sexual assault victims at the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism awards event on June 15, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Mark E. Johnson