On the eve of the 2016 political conventions the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) joined by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), write to express our concerns for the safety of citizens and journalists exercising their First Amendment rights as well as the ability to observe and report on matters of public concern during expected protests in Cleveland, Philadelphia and other cities around the country.
WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2016) - In the wake of its release of a white paper setting out the key components of a copyright small claims bill, a coalition of visual artist groups commends the attention that this critical issue is now garnerin
Todd Stewart, the senior editor for visuals and multimedia at the Orlando Sentinel, was faced with quite a task Sunday night. Not only did he have to deal with a hometown tragedy that became the world’s big story, but he had to find a way to design a front page that visually communicated the impact and significance of America’s largest mass murder.
The parents of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey, killed last Sunday during a Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan, have announced plans to hold a memorial service for their only son at the Portland Museum of Art on July 8, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.
Rob Collett of KARE11-TV in Minneapolis has been named the 2016 NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, and John Woo of The New York Times is the Video Editor of the Year.
ATHENS, GA (June 8, 2016) - Tom Burton has been named as the new part-time assistant editor for News Photographer magazine as well as the National Press Photographers Association’s Web site, www.nppa.org.
Seventy-two years ago today, Allied troops landed on the Normandy coast. Thousands gave their lives to ensure the freedom of others and rid the world of evil. One week ago, we observed Memorial Day remembering all who served our country’s armed forces and are no longer with us. Our debt to those who "gave all" can never be repaid.
It has been a difficult spring for Steve McCurry, one of the most gifted and widely published photojournalists of the past 40 years. Revelations that a fine art print by the celebrated Magnum photographer and National Geographic contributor was digitally manipulated for an Italian photography exhibition have triggered a troubling reexamination of McCurry’s storied 40-year career.
The Cronkite New Voices Act, which would offer protection from censorship to student journalists and advisers, was put on hold when the Missouri General Assembly failed to vote on it Friday and the legislative session came to an end.
The Cronkite New Voices Act, which would offer protection from censorship to student journalists and advisers, was put on hold when the Missouri General Assembly failed to vote on it Friday and the legislative session came to an end.
By firing more than 100 workers with no prior notice this week as part of its acquisition and closing of the 123-year-old Tampa Tribune, did the owners of the Tampa Bay Times violate federal law? And if so, could the Times be liable for damages totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not into the millions?
Terry Bochatey, a globe-trotting photojournalist of wire service fame who was known for his relentless pursuit of news and creativity for getting photographs out to the world on deadline, has died. He was 66.
The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Alexia Grants. The winner of the $20,000 Professional Grant is Aaron Vincent Elkaim of Toronto, Canada. And the winner of the first place Student Grant is Nathaniel Brunt of Toronto, Canada.
On the heels of winning two Pulitzer Prizes, The Tampa Bay Times has announced that veteran photojournalist Danese Kenon will join the staff to become their deputy director of photography for video and multimedia.
A shared Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography has been awarded to photographers from two different news organizaitons for their coverage of the European and Middle Eastern refugee crisis, and Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for "The Life And Times Of Strider Wolf."
Renewed! It's good to be back in the NPPA game as a news organization. KSTP-TV management has made a commitment by backing and paying for NPPA entry fees for the station's entire photojournalism staff.
The cameras displayed on the tables at the front of the room were historically telling. A Speed Graphic 4x5, a Big Bertha with a 30-inch lens and gearshift focusing system (which at one time had been a permanent fixture at the ballpark for the Cincinnati Post’s coverage of baseball), a Kodak red bellows folding camera and a Nikon F with a motor drive.
NPPA's 2016 Women In Photojournalism Conference has returned for the second year of its revival, the organization announced this week. The popular conference has been set for August 18-19, 2016, in Denver, CO.
Award-winning Canadian photojournalist and filmmaker Louie Palu, creator of the documentary film "Kandahar Journals," which followed his four-year stint covering the war in Afghanistan, has been awarded a 2016 Guggenheim fellowship for photography.
Camaraderie and community are two of the most important things to the NPPA, and the growing trend of localized member meetups is one factor contributing to their growth. Southeast Regional Chair Andrew Stanfill held a successful meetup in Gainesville, Florida this past weekend in the enjoyable and laid-back atmosphere of the First Magnitude Brewery.
Scott McIntyre, a photojournalist for the Naples Daily News in Florida, achieved first place in this year's NPPA Photojournalist of the Year contest with his distinguishing portfolio of Florida-centered images.
Despite some informal journalistic mentoring here and there, the once-great and helpful formal mentorship program provided by NPPA has been defunct for several years. Now, the NPPA executive committee is looking to put the spark of life back into the program, hoping to provide useful, relatable and practical help to its many members.
LANSING, MI (March 30, 2016) – Judges today announced the lists of finalists in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television Photography and Television Editing contests after wrapping a long weekend of picking winners at Michigan State University's School of Journalism.
ATHENS, GA (April 1, 2016) – Akili Ramsess has provided newsrooms across the country with her passion for visual journalism and drive for communication for decades, and now she plans to bring a new life to NPPA
The panel of judges who will spend the next few days picking winners in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television Photography and Television Editing contests arrived at Michigan State University's School of Journalism tonight and are ready to start watching stories.
Retired Indiana University journalism professor emeritus, iconic Milwaukee Journal photojournalist, and NPPA past president John Ahlhauser died Tuesday afternoon at the health care unit of Saint John's on the Lake in Milwaukee, a retirement home where he has been living for the past few years with his wife, Lois.
Daniel Berehulak, shooting for The New York Times, was today named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2016 Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets), and Scott McIntyre of the Naples (FL) Daily News was selected as the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets).
Róbert Csere of .týždeň magazine has been named – for the remarkable sixth time – NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Magazine Picture Editor of the Year. The publication .týždeň is a news magazine printed in Slovakia, in Central Europe.
The College Media Association annually hosts a Photo Shoot-out at its national convention. The event is co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association. This spring the convention was held in New York City.
Judges for the National Press Photographers Association's 2016 Best Of Photojournalism Multimedia contest today announced the winners, and The New York Times has won Best Of The Web Multimedia for "Outlaw Ocean."
Excited to be lending his expertise to a newsroom once again, in mid-April NPPA’s News Photographer magazine editor Donald R. Winslow will be taking on a new role as the Managing Editor of Content Creation for the Amarillo (TX) Globe-News and AGN Media.
An emergency meeting of the board of the directors of the National Press Photographers Association has been called for 7:00 p.m. EDT on March 20, 2016, in order to discuss the three final candidates for the Executive Director's job.
The life of legendary video photojournalist Darrell Barton was celebrated over the weekend in Edmond, OK. One of the highlights of the weekend was sharing a video, "Darrell Barton: Behind The Scenes at 48 Hours."
Blue Earth Alliance's Collaborations For Cause conference will be held April 15 and 16 in Seattle, featuring speakers ASMP's executive director Tom Kennedy and award-winning cinematographer Louis Schwartzberg.
A celebration of life for Charles L. "Chuck" Scott will be held at the Schoonover Center on Ohio University's campus in Athens on Saturday, April 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Scott's family announced today.
The National Press Photographers Association today is launching its new Monthly National Clip Contest (MNCC) Web site, along with all of NPPA’s other contests, in the culmination of six months of volunteer collaboration by Technology Committee chair Seth Gitner, National Clip Chair Kyle Grantham, and Television Quarterly Chair John Thain.
The National Press Photographers Association deplores today’s unfortunate incident between a U.S. Secret Service agent and veteran White House photographer Christopher Morris, who was covering the Trump campaign for TIME magazine at Radford University in Virginia.
Photojournalist Christopher Morris, on assignment for TIME magazine covering a Donald Trump rally today in Radford, VA, was involved in an incident with a Secret Service agent as he tried to photograph Black Lives Matter protesters who were being thrown out of the rally.
Bill Luster, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist known around the world for his stunning images of everything from horse racing to heart surgery to National Geographic essays, has been hospitalized in Louisville following a sudden illness at the end of last week.
Legendary photojournalist and newspaper editor Bill Snead, 78, died Sunday in his hometown of Lawrence, KS, where he started his career as a photography assistant at the Lawrence Journal-World while he was still a 17-year-old high school student.
ATHENS, GA (February 5, 2016) – Despite worry about the National Press Photographers Association's low membership rates among younger visual journalists, a demographic that will ultimately become the future of the NPPA and the industry as a whole,
Big changes are coming in 2016 for NPPA’s Monthly News Clip Contest (MNCC). We’ve seen unbelievable success with the new clips system – both with ease entering, and assigning to judges. Judges are returning clips in record time, and getting them up on the Web site where everyone can see them is now drastically simpler.
Independent photojournalist Melissa Lyttle from St. Petersburg, FL, today was elected president of the National Press Photographers Association during the organization's two-day board of directors meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens. Lyttle has been serving for the past year as NPPA's vice president.
Corbis CEO Gary Shenk told employees in a memo this morning that their image and licensing business has been sold to Unity Glory International Ltd., a Chinese-based investment group whose majority owner is Getty Images.
Prompted by a number of recent incidents at college campuses involving free speech rights and free press rights of journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, along with University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, with generous financial support from Sinclair Broadcast Group, will hold a symposium on First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces on Friday January 22, 2016 in Athens, GA.
Applications are now open for the 2016 National Press Photographers Foundation student scholarships. Students’ portfolios compete for $16,000 in scholarships, as eight $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and all scholarships are open to any applicant.
The board of directors for the National Press Photographers Association will hold its open annual meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, from Friday, January 22, 2016, through Sunday, January 24, 2016.
Alex Garcia and Luanne Dietz have been elected to the board of directors for the National Press Photographers Association during the association's annual election, held during the month of November. They will be sworn-in during NPPA’s January 2015 annual boad meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. They have been elected to serve a three-year term.
The Mid Sweden University is currently accepting applicants for the fifth class of the International Master of Arts in Photojournalism Program, and the school would like to reach out to NPPA professional and student members with the opportunity.
White House photography editor and photojournalist Rick McKay, 61, died last night at home in Vienna, VA, surrounded by his wife and children. McKay had battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for several years.
The 70th College Photographer of the Year is NPPA member Carolyn Van Houten of the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Van Houten’s work was also awarded a Gold in Portrait, Silver Awards in Feature and Domestic Picture Story, and Awards of Excellence in Portrait and Sports Feature.
The president, along with the general counsel, of the National Press Photographers Association today issued a statement regarding the highly-visible events that took place yesterday on the campus of the University of Missouri.
On the very day that National Geographic magazine was scheduled to be turned over to 21st Century Fox, the magazine's employees were told to stand by their phones to wait for calls – one by one – to come to Human Resources to learn the fate of their jobs.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism hosted a photojournalism ethics symposium titled “Image Truth/Story Truth” on Friday, October 16. The daylong conference largely arose as a result of the well-publicized controversies surrounding the World Press Photo competition earlier this year. Columbia professor Nina Berman and Gary Knight of Tufts University organized the event, which was designed to delve deeper into issues raised in light of the WPP situation, and also address context, story truth, framing, and other issues.
Ever since 9/11 there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared. Video recordings of police have played an integral role in many recent news stories, but questions still remain about the rights of citizens and journalists to photograph and record in public both on the ground and in the air.
ATHENS, GA (October 5, 2015) – The National Press Photographers Association is now accepting nominations for candidates for its board of directors and Regional Chairs through October 15, 2015, NPPA national secretary Michael P. King announced today.
The board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association this week took action in response to member concerns about a lack of interaction with Regional leadership, a lack of programming and activities in some Regions, delays in the Monthly National Clip Contest, and in some instances a lack of regional identity.
A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photographs and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an attempt to undercut protection of public lands and the environment.
Sisse Brimberg, the wife of the late photographer Cotton Coulson, has told News Photographer magazine that there will be a memorial service for him during the National Geographic Seminar in Washington, DC, during the second week in January.
The Society of Professional Journalists honored the National Press Photographers Association's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher as a Fellow of the Society last night during a banquet at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession. Lucy Dalglish was also honored with an SPJ Fellowship during the ceremony.
Famed photographer and former NPPA president Rich Clarkson, along with a broadcaster of more than 40 years, Woody Durham, were the 2015 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. They were acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events last week in Springfield, MA. The Curt Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame Board member and President.
Since the inaugural Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award was given by the National Press Photographers Association in 1949, the organization has annually recognized individuals for their special contributions to both the NPPA and the wider field of visual journalism.
A panel discussion concerning the constitutional right to photograph and record in public, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, will take place Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX.
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), its members and the entire visual journalism profession collectively grieve the tragic deaths today of television reporter Allison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward of Roanoke, VA television station WDBJ.
ATHENS, GA (July 21, 2015) – Recently there were many news stories about pop icon Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple saying that she was not going to agree to their terms for distributing her music on iTunes.
The general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, Mickey H. Osterreicher, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Newseum on the topics of police, cameras, and the Constitution.
Doug Burgess of KING5-TV in Seattle has been named the 2015 Best Of Photojournalism Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, and Steve Rhodes of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis was named Video Editor of the Year tonight during an awards ceremony tonight at the National Press Photographers Association's Northwest Storytelling Workshop.
Photographer Steve McCurry's assistant Bree DeStephano, 32, has been arrested and charged for theft and related offenses, according to Chester (PA) County district attorney Tom Hogan. DeStephano is charged with stealing prints, books, and other items from McCurry and selling them for her own profit. The total value of the stolen items is $654,258.02, according to the district attorney.
American photographer and filmmaker Cotton Coulson, 63, formerly of National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report magazines, died last night in Tromsø, Norway, after a scuba diving incident on Sunday that left him unconscious and in a coma.
Anne McQuary, a television assignments editor at WLTX-TV 19 in Columbia, SC, is the inaugural recipient of the Mark J. Edelson Picture Editing Scholarship, $1,500 awarded to McQuary so she can attend The Kalish Workshop in Rochester, NY, in June.
Seven college students have been selected by the National Press Photographers Foundation to each receive $2,000 scholarships, professor emeritus Dr. James W. Brown of Indiana University announced today. Brown is the Foundation’s scholarship chair.
Due to the circumstances in Baltimore, MD, the National Press Photographers Association's Advocacy Committee has posted some practical guidelines for photojournalists who are covering high conflict news stories.
Mark J. Edelson, the multimedia director for The Palm Beach Post who was one of the most decorated and respected picture editors in the profession's history, died Thursday evening after a hard-fought, two-year battle with three different types of cancer. He was 64.
The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor Mickey H. Osterreicher and Lucy Dalglish as Fellows of the Society. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
Two enormous stories that last year captured the world's attention and firmly held it for months – the racial violence in Ferguson, MO, that followed the killing of teenager Michael Brown, and the deadly Ebola pandemic that ravaged Liberia and parts of Africa – today also captured photojournalism's top honors in the 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes.
Judges have finished picking the Finalists for NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television Photography and Editing contests' top annual honors, as well as winners in the individual Television Photography and Television Editing categories.
Today the National Press Photographers Association announced the winners of the NPPA’s Short Grants. This year’s winners are Preston Gannaway, Stephen Reiss, Brendan Hoffman, Michael Forster Rothbart, Pete Marovich, and Richard Tsong-Taatarii. The photographers will be awarded $6,000 USD to further or complete a community photography story.
Mary Cooney of the Los Angeles Times is the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2015 Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year (Individual). And in the Magazine category, Róbert Csere of .týždeň is – for the fifth time – the Magazine Picture Editor of the Year. The publication .týždeň is a news magazine printed in Slovakia, in Central Europe.
"The Long Night," a collaborative documentary film by Tim Matsui and Brian Storm of MediaStorm, was today named by judges as the Best Use Of Multimedia first place winner in NPPA's 2015 Best Of Photojournalism contest.
Jahi Chikwendiu of The Washington Post was today named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2015 Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets) and Jerry Wolford of the News & Record in Greensboro, NC, was selected as the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets).
Independent photojournalist Heidi Levine has been named the inaugural winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women's Media Foundation announced this morning.
Six years ago, I walked into my first real job, and I sat down at my first real desk (my very own desk!), and I shook hands with my very first desk-mate. His name was Evelio Contreras – one of those cool, uber-talented thinker types I one day wanted to be just like. So I asked him: How!?
Judging in the Multimedia categories of NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is underway at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) in Athens, OH, and it's being broadcast on Livestream.
The National Transportation Safety Board told Seattle's KING5-TV that their crash report on the fatal KOMO-TV helicopter crash that was one year ago yesterday has been finished and is under review. The report could be released within two months, an NTSB official said.
The National Press Photographers Association has announced the launch of a survey of news gatherers concerning the FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) Regarding Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).
NEW YORK, NY (March 18, 2015) The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) announces the launch of a survey of news gatherers concerning the FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) Regarding Operation and Certification of Small Unmann
The Michel du Cille Memorial Scholarship Fund will continue his mission by sending student photojournalists – who could otherwise not afford to attend – to the NPPA Northern Short Course where they will be inspired and challenged. To support the Fund, photojournalists from around the world have donated images to a print auction.
Pictures of the Year International director Rick Shaw today confirmed that Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo's "The Dark Heart Of Europe" essay, entered in the 72nd Pictures of the Year International Visual Editing Division in the Motion Issue Reporting Story category [multimedia], was initially awarded 3rd Place but then was later thrown out by the judges.
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced today that Charles W. L. (“Chip”) Deale, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association, has been selected as an ASAE Fellow. He becomes one of fewer than 250 individuals to be chosen since the program was inaugurated in 1986.
The leaders of World Press Photo just announced that based on new evidence, they have revoked the controversial First Place award given to Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo for his series of photographs entered in this year's WPP Contemporary Issues Story category.
After World Press Photo released a statement yesterday in which it stood by the First Place Contemporary Issue Story award given to photographer Giovanni Troilo for a controversial set of photographs called "The Dark Heart Of Europe," there was much discussion in the world's photojournalism community about whether or not WPP was condoning the staging, or setting-up, of photographs.
In the aftermath of a written complaint by the mayor of Charleroi, World Press Photo conducted an investigation into the photographs of Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo which were just recently awarded First Place in the contest's Contemporary Issue Story category.
The winners of the Alexia Foundation 2015 Grants were announced today, and Paolo Marchetti of Rome is the professional winner and Michael Santiago of the San Francisco Art Institute is the student winner.
The National Press Photographers Association's Ethics Committee today released a statement concerning ethics and photojournalism, specifically regarding several ethical considerations that came to light during the judging earlier this month of one of the industry's major annual contests, World Press Photo.
With winners in several of the annual photojournalism competitions being announced, and the NPPA on the verge of judging its own photo competition, once again the public, already skeptical of the idea of journalistic accuracy in photography, is learning that not everyone entering those contests adhered to widely accepted ethical standards in those entries.
We had big questions as we started our research on photojournalism funded by the National Press Photographers Association back early in 2014: What are people drawn to in a photograph? How long do they look? Do they read captions? How do they perceive quality? What do they value, share and remember?
James R. "Jim" Gordon, the emeritus editor of News Photographer magazine and an emeritus professor of photojournalism at Bowling Green State University, died at home late Saturday afternoon after a two-month battle with cancer.
The question an NPPA-funded study looked at is, “What makes a photograph worth publishing in an age when images are shared in an instant, around the world?” The study has gone beyond the anecdotal to provide some scientific facts.
Most people didn’t need to pause for a second before they started to talk about the photographs that had stayed with them. Images they cited most often involved emotion, story, moment and unique perspective that had drawn them in.
Jim Gordon, the photojournalist and journalism educator who was the very public voice of the National Press Photographers Association for 25 years as the editor of NPPA's News Photographer magazine, is now seriously ill with cancer.
The Denver Post photography department will host its next Photo Night on Tuesday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m. MST ( 8:00 p.m. EST / 0100 UTC), streaming live on the Web including a live chat so viewers can ask questions from the field.
The White House News Photographers Association announced that Getty Images photographer Win McNamee has been named Photographer of the Year and Agence France-Presse photographer Brendan Smialowski has won the Political Photo of the Year award in the 2015 Eyes of History contest judging at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.
The National Press Photographers Association’s annual Honors & Recognitions were announced today by NPPA past president Michael Borland, chairman of the Honors & Recognitions Committee. Julie Jones is the recipient of the Joseph Costa Award, Melissa Lyttle is the winner of the Clifton C. Edom Award, Mickey H. Osterreicher is this year’s winner of the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award, and John S. Hyjek is the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year. And Michael Laughlin and Mark Wetzel will be presented with NPPA’s Humanitarian Award.
Quality. We know it when we see it, right? That's what we set out to discover with our eyetracking research described last week in Part One. But just because we recognize quality doesn't necessarily mean we can articulate it to others.
NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher was part of a coalition that authored a letter to United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts today requesting audio-visual coverage of arguments in same-sex marriage cases that come before the Court.
Three new members of the National Press Photographers Association's board of directors were named today by NPPA president Mark Dolan. NPR visuals team supervising editor Kainaz Amaria, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette assistant managing editor Danese Kenon, and Department of Defense media activity director Ray Shepherd have been appointed by Dolan.
What makes a photograph worth publishing in an age when images are shared in an instant, around the world? Quality matters, they said. And quality in photojournalism is all about strength of story, a genuine moment, rare access and a perspective on what’s happening in the world.
Nell Cooper, 89, the widow of the late Charles H. Cooper, executive director emeritus of the National Press Photographers Association, died Thursday at home in Durham surrounded by her family. She was surrounded by her family following a brief period of declining health.
The National Press Photographers Association's two-day board of directors meeting wrapped up today with the election of national officers, and president Mark Dolan was re-elected and board member Melissa Lyttle was elected vice president. And Carolyn Hall Jensen was elected as the national treasurer, a two-year term.
The National Press Photographers Association's official move to the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication kicked off Friday night with an opening ceremony in the Journalism building with comments from NPPA executive director Chip Deale and UGA photojournalism instructor Mark E. Johnson.
Applications are now open for the 2015 National Press Photographers Foundation student scholarships. Students’ portfolios compete for $16,000 in scholarships, as eight $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and all scholarships are open to any applicant.
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced that the National Press Photographers Association will relocate its headquarters to the Athens, Georgia, campus in early 2015.
There are storytellers, and then there are master storytellers. Longtime NPPA member Bill Frakes, a native of Nebraska and one of the world's best-known freelance photojournalists and filmmakers, has focused his master storytelling talents on his homeland to create, produce and launch an ongoing labor of love, "The Nebraska Project."
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has announced a new visual journalism fellowship in honor of 2007 Nieman Fellow Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer who was shot and killed this year while covering the run-up to elections in Afghanistan.
The board of directors for the National Press Photographers Association will hold its open Annual Meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, from Friday, January 9, 2015, through Sunday, January 11, 2015.
Melissa Lyttle and Seth Gitner have been elected to NPPA’s board of directors in the association’s annual election during the month of November. They will be sworn in during NPPA’s 2015 annual board meeting in Athens, GA, and will serve terms of three years.
Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
Larry Nighswander, a former Ohio University School of Visual Communication professor and director of OU's VisCom program as well as a prominent photojournalist and picture editor, died suddenly Wednesday in Orlando, according to his family and friends.
NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher is asking all visual journalists and photographers who may be covering events in Ferguson, MO, in the coming days to print out these federal court orders (linked below) and carry them with you at all times.
Today a federal judge for the Eastern District of Missouri granted three orders agreed and consented to by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the County of St. Louis Missouri, and the City of Ferguson. The orders signed by Judge John A. Ross for the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the County of St. Louis enjoins those entities from “interfering with individuals who are photographing or recording at public places but who are not threatening the safety of others or physically interfering with the ability of law enforcement to perform their duties.”
Photographer Justin Cook released a statement today saying that he has reached an agreement with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill regarding their unauthorized use of one of his images on a UNC Facebook page.
It is a truism of war that it is always better to be a lucky general than a smart one. The same holds true for photojournalists. Being at the right place at the right time, with the right equipment, is what often leads to memorable storytelling.
Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia 21 days ago and who is symptom free, was asked by Syracuse University officials today not to come to campus where he was scheduled to participate in a journalism program.
The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar today announced a $1,000 grant to be named after longtime Associated Press photographer David “Mullet” Martin, who passed away suddenly on January 1, 2014, while on assignment in Atlanta.
The U.S. Forest Service has once again raised the hackles of journalists and those who abide by the Constitution's First Amendment by tightening restrictions on journalists and requiring permission and a paid permit in order to shoot photographs or video on federal wilderness lands.
To be a more powerful "voice" for the world's visual journalists, NPPA needs to grow its membership. In order to do so, all NPPA members are being asked to "do just one thing" - sponsor one person for membership.
John Blunda said he struck while the iron was hot. The Portland photojournalist said when his station recently hired a news director, he quickly lobbied his new boss to “bring Maine to a new level of storytelling.”
In the coming year, the National Press Photographers Foundation will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Foundation President Tom Hardin has announced a campaign to raise money to increase scholarship stipends in the coming years, and a goal to create additional scholarships for students enrolled in accredited four-year college programs.
A group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a settlement with Google in a lawsuit over copyrighted material in Google Books. The parties are pleased to have reached a settlement that benefits everyone and includes funding for the PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rightsholders and users communicate clearly and efficiently about rights in works.
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twenty-second Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize to American photographer, filmmaker, and writer Jon Lowenstein for “South Side,” his testimony to the Chicago neighborhood where he has lived and worked for over a decade.
The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
American freelance photojournalist Mary F. Calvert has been named the recipient of the Alexia Foundation's 2014 Women's Initiative Grant. Calvert is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
Since the inaugural Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award was given by the National Press Photographers Association in 1949, the organization has annually recognized individuals for their special contributions to both the NPPA and the wider field of visual journalism.
The National Press Photographers Association is accepting nominations for candidates for its board of directors and regional officers until September 30, NPPA national secretary Michael P. King announced today.
The lawyer for the National Press Photographers Association who is on the ground in Ferguson alongside photojournalists has just filed a formal letter of complaint, as well as a request for an official investigation, into the "unlawful and unprofessional activities" of a uniformed and armed police officer who pulled his gun on a photographer.
Today the National Press Photographers Association sent a strong letter of protest to the Ferguson, MO, chief of police regarding the unwarranted arrest and detention of journalists who are coving the town's unfolding national story, as well as the department's "complete lack of understanding an respect for the First Amendment."
An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator assisting him were killed in an ordnance explosion Wednesday while working on an assignment about the aftermath about the recent war in the Gaza Strip.
In this episode of Words On Pictures, the National Press Photographers Association's new audio podcast, photojournalist Kim Komenich shares his thoughts on his early photographic influences that helped shape his vision as a young shooter growing up in Manteca, CA.
A one-day meeting of the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association kicked off this morning, the first event in this weekend's "Best Of Photojournalism Awards Show & Education Festival."
The National Press Photographers Association today announced the opening of the 2014 Short Grants entry period. The announcement included news of two major enhancements to the program. First, the grant awards have been doubled in size from previous years, with six winners now receiving $6,000 grants. Second, the scope of the program has been expanded to include eligibility for a limited number of international projects.
The National Press Photographers Association's "Best Of Photojournalism Awards Show & Education Festival" is growing near and final plans are being made for the August 8-9, 2014, event in West Palm Beach, FL.
Under the bask of the Tuscan sun it only took four years for the Cortona On The Move photography festival to become one of the world's most important, if not the most fun, annual events on the international photography scene.
The National Press Photographers Association has filed comments to the Federal Aviation Administration in support of petitions from a number of aerial photography and video production companies seeking exemptions from FAA rules to commercially operate small unmanned photography drones.
Thirty-eight journalism and open government groups (including the National Press Photographers Association) today called on President Barack Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.
NPPA executive director Chip Deale has announced that after a lapse of several years, an event showcasing the top winners in NPPA's annual Best of Photojournalism competition will be held again this year.
The Boards of Directors for the National Press Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers Foundation are scheduled to meet on Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, FL.
Tuesday night's International Center of Photography Lecture Series featuring legendary photography editor John G. Morris of Paris is sold out, but the rest of the world will be able to watch it live as ICP has announced that video from the event will be streamed online.
National Press Photographers Association member Philip Datz yesterday won a major settlement from the Suffolk County Police Department in a civil rights suit stemming from Datz’s arrest while filming law enforcement activity on a public street.
National Press Photographers Association member Philip Datz yesterday won a major settlement from the Suffolk County Police Department in a civil rights suit stemming from Datz’s arrest while filming law enforcement activity on a public street.
For his final installment of NPPA's Photo Journal, veteran photography editor Jim Colton interviewed The New York Times photographers and bloggers James Estrin and David Gonzalez, the "co-captains" of LENS, the Times's wide-reaching online photography blog.
Alison Wright's "pursuit of the human connection" has taken her to nearly every country in the world, including several meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and through the gates of "the other side" and back during a near-death experience in Laos.
The Italian Foreign Ministry today confirmed that photojournalist Andy Rocchelli, 30, and his interpreter, journalist Andrei Mironov, a Russian citizen from RU Memorial, died from wounds suffered yesterday in Slaviansk.
Twenty-five years ago John Long, Bill Hodge, and John H. Cornell Jr., who now are all former NPPA presidents, launched an important and land-breaking NPPA event at Martha's Vineyard. They called it the Electronic Photojournalism Workshop. And now they are planning a 25th anniversary reunion this fall in Florida called "The Vision," held in conjunction with a virtual reunion which is set for October 4, 2014.
Tim Goheen, an illustrator, designer and infographics specialist with nearly 30 years of professional experience, has been named director of the award-winning School of Visual Communication at Ohio University after a nationwide search. His appointment is effective July 15.
Greg Smith, the Business Practices Chair for the National Press Photographers Association, will be honored by the International Photographic Council (IPC) as one of the IPC's 2014 Leadership Award recipients this Thursday in New York.
In the next installment of NPPA's Photo Journal, veteran photography editor Jim Colton talks with Deanne Fitzmaurice about her life after the Pulitzer Prize, her entrepreneurial venture with husband Kurt Rogers, embracing multimedia, staying connected with her subjects, and getting naked for the sake of the story.
Photographer Gregory Heisler will be joining the Multimedia Photography & Design program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University as a distinguished professor of photography, department chair Bruce Strong announced today.
Photojournalist Tyler Hicks of The New York Times is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for his photographs of a terrorist attack on the upscale Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi, Kenya last year. The same picture story by Hicks won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography last week.
Bianca Ferraiolo è stata nominata nuova rappresentante commerciale, per l'Italia e l'Europa, per la vendita di spazi pubblicitari sulla rivista News Photographer e il sito Web della National Press Photographers Association, lo ha annunciato oggi Donald R. Winslow, direttore della rivista News Photographer.
The International Women’s Media Foundation is honored to announce the inception of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honoring the courage and dedication of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Sports Illustrated @SINow invites Bostonians to be part of an historic cover photo shoot featuring Boston Strong. The production is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, 7:00am, at the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth … the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon.
A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly
Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV in Minneapolis has been picked as this year's Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year during the final round of Television Photojournalism judging at NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest.
"I am a war photographer, and I need to start working again," freelance photojournalist Ricardo García Vilanova told News Photographer magazine today, only two days after he was released by his kidnappers in Syria.
The second full day of judging the National Press Photographers Association's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism Video Photography and Video Editing contest is underway at the Michigan State University School of Journalism, and the names of winners in more categories were released this morning.
Judging is underway in the Video category of the National Press Photographers Association's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism competition at the contest's host site, the Michigan State University School of Journalism, and the panel has announced six finalists for the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year title.
On the heels of photojournalist Sean Proctor winning NPPA's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism contest's Photojournalist of the Year (Smaller Markets) title, and the Midland (MI) Daily News picture editing and photography team of Proctor, Neil Blake, and Nick King placing third place in the Pictures of the Year International Photo Editing Portfolio, the newspaper's picture staff is riding high.
"I still remember, when I was listening to the radio I welled up in tears. I kept hoping their radio was dead, or maybe the battery went dead, or that the rescuers had got them, or they dropped the radio," Stanley Forman said today. "But it was not meant to be."
Gary Hershorn, the global sports picture editor for Reuters News Pictures, has announced his departure from the picture service. Hershorn says that the company told him that due to "changes in coverage" his position has been eliminated. His last day with Reuters will be April 1.
A story called "The Jockey" by Chang W. Lee, Barry Bearak, and the staff of The New York Times has won Best Use of Multimedia in the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2014 Multimedia contest, the judges announced today.
Niko Koppel, a picture editor for The New York Times, is the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2014 Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year (Individual). And in the Magazine category, for the fourth time editor Róbert Csere of .týždeň has taken the Magazine Picture Editor of the Year title.
John Tlumacki of The Boston Globe today was named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2014 Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets), and Sean Proctor of the Midland (MI) Daily News was selected as the Photojournalist of the Year (Smaller Markets).
In response to a story last week in The New York Times that raised serious ethical questions about the practices of some news photographers in Syria following the death last year in Aleppo of an 18-year-old Reuters freelancer, the news agency issued a statement denying the article’s allegations and refuting any wrongdoing.
A pilot and a photographer were killed this morning when a helicopter operated by KOMO-TV crashed at Fisher Plaza in downtown Seattle, just south of the Space Needle, while taking off from the station's rooftop helipad.
The National Press Photographers Association has donated $20,000 to the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop to support its ongoing educational efforts in visual journalism, which are in concert with NPPA's educational mission, president Mark Dolan announced today.
After Molhem Barakat, a teenage Syrian photographer who freelanced for Reuters, was killed in December while covering rebel fighting in Aleppo, questions arose in the journalism community about what exactly was going on in Syria with freelancers. Today some of these questions have been answered when The New York Times reported that the Reuters News Picture Service, operated by Thomson Reuters, has been sending their clients news photographs from the Syrian civil war that were shot by "activists" who supported the rebels.
The final live round of judging for the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism contest is about to begin on campus at the School of Visual Communication (VisCom) at Ohio University in Athens, contest director Terry Eiler said today.
Miami Herald staff photojournalist Al Diaz has been presented with NPPA's Humanitarian Award, NPPA president Mark Dolan announced today. Diaz is being recognized by NPPA for his quick response and selfless actions in summoning help when a five-month-old infant stopped breathing while riding in his aunt's car on a busy Miami expressway on February 20th.
Sean D. Elliot has been appointed to be the chair of the National Press Photographers Association's Ethics & Standards Committee, NPPA president Mark Dolan announced today. Elliot replaces NPPA's long-standing voice of ethics John Long, who announced his retirement from the committee.
Three new appointed members of the National Press Photographers Association's board of directors were announced today by NPPA president Mark Dolan. Melissa Lyttle, Amy Kinsella Gruber, and Katie Schoolov have agreed to serve one-year appointed terms.
Registration is now open for NPPA's 2014 Multimedia Immersion Workshop, an intense five-day, hands-on training session for visual journalists who are looking to expand and grow their multimedia skills using the latest technology.
The latest edition of NPPA's Photo Journal is now online, and in this issue veteran photography editor Jim Colton talks with the compassionate and quietly elegant photographer Erika Larsen about her just-published National Geographic story "People Of The Horse."
Staff photographers at the Orlando Sentinel have been told that their old jobs are gone and that they have until tomorrow – Friday – to apply for new jobs that are now available, which will be more "videocentric" with an emphasis on getting more video published on the newspaper's Web site.
The winners of the Alexia Foundation 2014 grants were announced today, and Sebastián Liste of Spain is the professional winner and Mehran Hamrahi of Islamic Azad University in Iran is the student winner.
Despite repeated and sometimes heated objections, despite meetings where the White House Press Secretary promised to make positive changes, and despite pressure from a media coalition who again and again have objected to the lack of access independent journalists have to President Barack Obama, today they've gone and done it again.
When MaryAnne Golon took the helm last year as assistant managing editor and director of photography at The Washington Post, she says it was "like finding an old favorite pair of boots in the back of the closet."
For those who are concerned with ethics in photojournalism, the announcement this morning of this year's World Press Photo winners was much anticipated in light of last year's controversy over whether 2012 winner Paul Hansen's top photograph had gone "too far" in digital post production.
The Board of Directors of the National Press Photographers Foundation has announced five scholarships called the NPPF–NPPA Career Expansion Scholarships. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to support his or her education expenses.
Barbara Davidson, a staff photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times, achieved premier honors as the 2013 Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 71st annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition.
The friends of photojournalist and mentor Ken Cooke are asking for those who know and admire him to act quickly to send notes of support, fond memories, and good wishes to the former NPPA president and DoD Worldwide Military Photography Workshop cofounder.
Shoot4Change and News Photographer magazine, along with the National Press Photographers Association, today announced a new Shoot4Minutes photography event that will be held in New York City on February 25, 2014.
The National Press Photographers Association and the law firm of Holland & Knight are launching a new study on the use of remotely controlled aircraft or drones in newsgathering. Everyone with an interest in the application of this evolving technology is invited to participate in the survey.
The National Press Photographers Association’s Board of Directors will meet by conference call on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. EST to further discuss and ratify initiatives made during the previous board meeting held in Athens, GA, on January 18-19, 2014.
Karen Kuehn left behind a thriving editorial career in New York City in 2001 to raise her son in rural New Mexico. In the next installment of NPPA's Photo Journal, veteran photography editor Jim Colton speaks with Kuehn about the journey.
There was an interesting confluence of ethics oriented events this week: the Associated Press dismissed a freelancer for digitally altering a photograph; VOGUE magazine retouched a series of photographs of Lena Dunham and was criticized for doing so by another magazine; and an online publication over-processed a photograph of Edward Snowden raising the specter of the famous O.J. Simpson TIME magazine cover.
Mark Dolan was elected president of the National Press Photographers Association this weekend during the organization's board of directors meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens.
The National Press Photographers Association’s most prestigious honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, will be presented this year to two individuals who have been fervent advocates of photojournalism and photojournalists, as well as being mentors and teachers who have exhibited decades of exceptional leadership capabilities.
Applications are now open for the Gordon Yoder National Press Photographers Foundation News Video Workshop Award. The $1,000 award is open to a working professional video journalist who wishes to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop.
Applications are now open for the 2014 National Press Photographers Foundation student scholarships. Students’ portfolios compete for $14,000 in scholarships. Applications are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Bob Carey, a former president of the National Press Photographers Association, has been appointed as the chair of NPPA's Education Committee. NPPA president Mike Borland made the announcement today.
In five decades as a professional photographer covering the White House and other major news subjects, Dennis Brack became a master at capturing the essential story-telling moment on film. So the exquisite timing of his book, ``Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House,'' should come as no surprise.
The National Press Photographers Association's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism competitions are now open for entry. Entry is once again free to all participants. And you'll be able to enter and view your contest submissions online.
Veteran Associated Press photojournalist Dave Martin collapsed on the field at the conclusion of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Game at the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve. First responders and team medical staff began immediate and vigorous cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but Martin, 59, was pronounced dead soon-after at the Emory University Hospital Midtown. He apparently suffered a massive heart attack.
In September 2010 the National Press Photographers Association joined an important federal lawsuit in a Constitutional challenge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's laptop search policy at the border. On Friday a U.S. District Judge dismissed the suit after it sat in his court for nearly two years.
In the final installment of her five-part series on Branding and Marketing, Deb Pang Davis offers tips on building and maintain a vital social media presence. She covers strategies for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Vimeo, LinkedIn, and Instagram. She even explains why promoting others, even your competitors, is good for you.
The National Press Photographers Association has joined several other photographer and writer advocacy groups in filing legal documents urging a New York judge to find that an artist who used a photographer’s images in art exhibits without permission did so in violation of copyright law.
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher, along with additional representatives from a media coalition who are protesting the lack of photographers' access to President Barack Obama, today met with the Administration's press secretary Jay Carney and Josh Earnest at the White House to discuss the problem.
In the wake of this morning's Opinion piece by AP's photography director Santiago Lyon, published in The New York Times, which questioned the Obama Administration's unprecedented restrictions on photographic access to the President, today at the daily briefing members of the White House press corps grilled Obama's press secretary Jay Carney on the topic.
Renowned as “the contests designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” and incorporating the many facets of the visual journalism industry, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism competitions attract the most talented professionals in Still, Video, Multimedia, and Editing, year after year.
In the next installment of NPPA's Photo Journal, by Jim Colton, photographer Ben Lowy talks about everything from drawing cadavers in a St. Louis morgue to stepping over bodies in Libya, all while innovating with every tool available to him (including the iPhone).
The National Press Photographers Association today announced the winners in November's month-long election for two seats on the board of directors and half of its Regional leaders. John Harrington was elected to NPPA's board of directors, and Bethany Swain was re-elected. They will begin their three-year terms on January 1, 2014.
A tentative contract settlement between Sun-Times Media and the union representing newsroom employees could lead to the rehiring of four of the 28 photographers who were laid off in May, and a one-time $2,000 lump sum payment to the photographers who are not re-hired.
Haitian photographer Daniel Morel has been awarded $1.22 million in damages after a seven-member jury in a New York Federal Court reached a unanimous verdict against Agence France-Press and Getty Images today for "willfully" infringing upon Morel's copyright in 2010.
The apparently ever-increasing lack of access to President Barack Obama by independent journalists and news organizations who cover the White House has been evolving into a wave of deep discontent over the past year. This morning the swelling wave may have crested over on Pennsylvania Avenue following the hand delivery of a media coalition protest letter to White House press secretary Jay Carney.
If the NSA happens to have been listening to photojournalists’ cell phones recently, which isn’t all that far fetched given the news of late, they could have picked up on a lot of chatter about how we haven’t had any real access to the president during the administration of Barack Obama. Oh, it started out promising; this was going to be the most transparent administration in history, they told us during the first term. But in reality, access got worse and worse as time went by – and during Obama’s second term, it’s been nonexistent.
Last August a Boston police officer aggressively confronted a man who was recording law enforcement on a public street. Tomorrow, a judge will decide whether to continue the case against a journalism student charged with illegal wiretapping for calling the Boston Police Department about the incident and recording his conversation. The judge will also decide whether to drop charges against a blogger who wrote an article supporting the student.
A major copyright reform bill that passed into a law a year ago and took effect today in Canada assures Canadian photographers that they officially own the copyright to all of their photographs, regardless of whether they were commissioned.
The 68th College Photographer of the Year is Sara Naomi Lewkowicz of Ohio University. Lewkowicz’s work was awarded Gold in the Portfolio category as well as in the Documentary and Spot News categories.
In the next installment of Jim Colton's NPPA Photo Journal he talks with National Geographic's Dennis Dimick, NPPA's 2013 Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award winner, about Dimick's long career with Geographic, the magazine's shift to digital, and the emerging field of environmental photojournalism.
The trick-or-treat front page photograph this morning by staff photographer Tom Bushey may well be the last staff photo readers will see in the Times Herald-Record. Why? Because this morning the Middletown, NY, newspaper wiped out their entire photography department.
The International Masters of Arts in Photojournalism program at Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) in Sundsvall has issued a Call For Applications for students who would like to begin their studies in the Fall of 2014.
The election for two seats on the National Press Photographers Association's board of directors and Chair seats in odd numbered Regions is now open, and voting will remain open for NPPA members through November 30, 2013.
Beginning immediately, News Photographer magazine and the National Press Photographers Association are once again represented by The Townsend Group of Bethesda, MD, for print advertising and Web site advertising sales.
NPPA has been a supporter of the Free Flow of Information Act, sometimes referred to as the Federal Shield Law. It was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a bipartisan, 13-5 vote. If passed by Congress, the Act would be the first statute to protect journalists from being forced to identify their confidential sources in federal court. Kurt Wimmer, a lawyer who specializes in free speech and the Constitutional rights of journalists, has written an article about five myths that persistently linger regarding the Act.
Photographers are being caught in the middle of a perfect storm of technology, terrorist fears, and a World Wide Web mentality of entitlement to images. At the leading edge of this storm are the rising number of incidents of photographers being interfered with or arrested due to a climate of fear and suspicion of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet.
In the ongoing copyright infringement case by photographer Patrick Cariou against “appropriation artist” Richard Prince, both sides have filed briefs respectively supporting and opposing the August 21, 2013 petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Cariou, appealing the April 2013, ruling in the case by a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That decision reversed and vacated a 2011 lower district court ruling involving the application of the fair use doctrine to artistic works. Cariou originally published his photographs in 2000 in a book entitled Yes, Rasta, while Prince’s work was exhibited in 2008 as Canal Zone collages.
In this latest installment of Jim Colton's NPPA Photo Journal, he talks with photojournalist Preston Gannaway about her Kickstarter funded book "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," her early photographic influences, her Pulitzer Prize-winning work, and the recent leap of faith she made by leaving a job to dive into the freelancing pool.
Photographers at three Cox Media Group newspapers tonight confirmed severe cuts in their photography departments, with a deadline of only a few days to decide whether to accept offers of voluntary buy-outs before layoffs. Also Reuters is planning to cut up to five percent of their newsroom staffers, about 150 people.
In the next installment of NPPA's Photo Journal by Jim Colton, it's the first of a two-part interview with photojournalist Peter Turnley and a review of his long and extraordinary front row seat to history. In Part One, Turnley shares how as teens he and his brother David were mentored by some of the greatest photographers of our age.
Ever since 9/11 there’s been a heightened awareness of taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue is exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings to the Internet, where they may be viewed, shared and, in many cases, go viral with thousands of views.
On the eve of closing its offices due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Copyright Office released its long awaited Report on Copyright Small Claims. The report adopts many of the positions advocated by the NPPA, including a tribunal, called the Copyright Claims Board, which would hear all types of copyright infringement cases and permit all defenses, including “fair use”. The report recommended a ceiling for claims at $30,000, which is the current upper limit of statutory damages for non-willful infringement.
Former Life magazine photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Bill Eppridge has died. Eppridge, 75, has been in an intensive care unit at the Danbury Hospital for several weeks suffering from a blood infection that was the result of a fall where he injured his hand.
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (SDX) is providing a $12,500 grant that will enable the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to collaborate with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) on a national training program for police and journalists.
Seven college students have been selected by the National Press Photographers Foundation to each receive $2,000 scholarships, professor emeritus Dr. James W. Brown of Indiana University announced. Brown is the NPPF scholarship chair.
Broadcast journalists from across the country set aside competition, headlines and deadlines to find common ground in mid-September, re-igniting and celebrating passion for their craft in the Twin Cities market.
The National Press Photographers Association is accepting nominations for candidates for its Board of Directors and regional officers until September 30, NPPA national secretary Michael P. King announced.
Eric Strachan began his career as a staff photographer with the Naples Daily News in 1981. Now, as senior managing editor, he supervises all editorial operations. This week in the latest installment of Jim Colton's popular NPPA feature "Photo Journal," he talks with Strachan about building a great staff, staying relevant to readers, and his faith in the power of photography that is produced by professionals.
Documentary photojournalist Donna De Cesare, whose new book tells the story of the pain and grief created by El Salvador's murderous gangs and which is the cover story of this month's issue of News Photographer magazine, today was honored with the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the world's oldest international journalism award.
In the fourth installment of her five-part series, Deb Pang Davis gives advice on how to blog your way to increased brand recognition. She covers the importance of content that satisfies your audience, and gives tips on writing, design and managing the time commitment necessary to make your blog a marketing and branding asset. Also included in this installment are lists of helpful resources, examples of good blogs written by photographerswritten blogs, and online articles on writing blogs.
Joan Lois Honkala Gordon of Bowling Green, a former executive director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, who served on the Wood County Committee on Aging and orchestrated projects throughout Wood County, died Monday in Bridge Hospice at Heritage Corners. She was 78. During the 25 years her husband, Jim Gordon, was the editor of NPPA's News Photographer magazine, Mrs. Gordon was the magazine's "eagle eye" copy editor.
When New York Yankee Ichiro Suzuki swung at a pitch and connected with his 4,000th career base hit during the first inning of a home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 21st, it was a record-making moment worthy of the cacophony of motor-driven camera shutters that followed. But at least two of the photographers working the game on the third base line that night didn't capture the moment. And in the aftermath, an ethics breech was uncovered that was followed by a firing.
NPPA is seeking candidates for the opening of Executive Director. The ED will report directly to the Board of Directors and needs to be a strategic leader who can develop, manage, market and evaluate the NPPA's programs, providing direction for the association as well as guide and mentor the staff and volunteers who help it function.
Since the inaugural Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award was given by the National Press Photographers Association in 1949, the organization has annually recognized individuals for their special contributions to both the NPPA and the wider field of visual journalism. These awards represent NPPA’s efforts to honor those whose efforts make our profession stronger, build our communities, and expand the reach of NPPA in its mission to promote visual journalism and journalists.
This week in his latest installment of NPPA's Photo Journal, veteran editor Jim Colton talks with Chris Capozziello about life as an independent photographer, reaching an audience through online marketing, staying true to himself, and the challenges he faced documenting his twin brother Nick's life with cerebral palsy.
Freelance photographers who have been shooting sports on contract for Reuters in North America started getting phone calls Friday from Peter Jones, the North American Sports Photo Editor at Thomson Reuters, who told them that their sideline services would no longer be needed as of September 15.
In the next installment of her five-part series, Deb Pang Davis describes how your Web site is the “mothership” of your marketing platform. Ideally, it is at the center of your online branding and marketing efforts. Your Web site is where you want your audience to ultimately go to find out more about how you can solve their problems or help achieve their vision.
Earlier this summer the California legislature proposed a new “anti-paparazzi” bill, which NPPA opposes. More recently, Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified before the California State Assembly, voicing their support for the bill that carries with it serious First Amendment implications. The measure would make it illegal to photograph a child because of their parent’s job (i.e, acting) without the parent’s permission, and expands the scope of existing California harassment law while increasing the penalty for a violation.
Don’t miss this opportunity to share the excitement and drive for excellence with some of the top visual journalists in the country. Whether you’re just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this weekend workshop will inspire and IGNITE YOUR PASSION to push to the next level of video storytelling.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: The National Press Photographers Association is pleased to announce the 2013 Short Grants program, six grants of $3,000 each that will be awarded to support photojournalists who are creating compelling picture stories in their communities. The grant is designed for funding projects small enough in scale that the bulk of the work can be accomplished in two weeks or less.
Photographers need to know their rights when they are confronted by police or private security while photographing news, or a documentary, or while on a commercial assignment. So to help educate our profession, NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher and ASMP NorCal chapter chair Nicolo Sertorio will host a discussion on legal insights into photographers' rights on August 8, 2013, in San Francisco.
In the next installment of her five-part series, Deb Pang Davis describes how marketing doesn't have to follow the "all about me" formulae used by many. She also offers useful tips on building a low cost visual identity and print promotion pieces that get attention without breaking the bank.
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher has sent a letter to Detroit police chief James Craig expressing the organization's objections and concerns after the arrest of Detroit Free Press photojournalist Mandi Wright.
The Corcoran College of Art and Design congratulates Gabriela Bulisova, a faculty member in both the Photography and New Media Photojournalism degree programs, who has been named as the recipient of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. As winner, Bulisova will receive a $25,000 prize.
Veteran sports photography editor Jim Colton busts a myth and offers six tips for shooting better sports photographs. He also taps into his network of leading sports photographers to get the backstory on some of their most memorable images.
The annual summer meeting of the National Press Photographers Association's board of directors took place over the weekend, and NPPA's leadership welcomed to the board five new directors who were not on the panel the last time the group met in January.
Self employment is a growing trend and perhaps the only option for many photojournalists today. Branding and marketing are critical business practices which, when executed well, can mean the difference between making a reasonable living and leaving the profession.
Award-winning photojournalists Fabio Bucciarelli and Riccardo Venturi will headline a special panel discussion at John Cabot University on July 17, 2013, on the changing role of professional visual journalists in war and conflict. Bucciarelli, the 2013 winner of the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for combat photography and Venturi, who has covered war in many countries including Afghanistan, will discuss Journalism, Social Media, and Storytelling in Conflict Scenarios: New Roles and Challenges for Today's Professional Photojournalists.
In this installment of Photo Journal, David H. Wells talks about being relentless in connecting with new audiences, the importance of long-term personal projects and why the ability to take pictures may be the least important thing in making a living in photography.
With so many photojournalists turning to freelance work either by necessity (layoffs, buyouts and downsizing at traditional media outlets) or by choice (more flexibility and greater opportunities thanks to digital media), one area with great potential for contract work is the nonprofit sector.
Robert E. Gilka, a newspaper photographer and editor who was a mentor to legions of photographers and who was the director of photography for National Geographic Magazine for more than 27 years, died today.
Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IO) introduced legislation Thursday that would require the Supreme Court to televise proceedings, just days before the high court is expected to hand down a series of major rulings.
This week Colton interviews Minneapolis Star Tribune staff photographer Brian Peterson about "giving readers real moments," staying true to one's vision, and what it took for him to sustain a long and vibrant career.
News of Steve's death just reached me here in Rome, and I am so sad. It depresses me greatly to think about never getting another really crazy eMail from him. Or the phone call that makes me question sanity – both mine and his. Or his funny photographs. Or the inspiration that comes from watching him suffer so long, usually quiet in his hardship and with a sense of humor beyond imagination. After all these years of seeing him be so very, very sick, it's hard to believe the day finally arrived when Death got around to finding his door.
NPPA Ethics Committee chair John Long says that it was a simple eMail from an NPPA member who questioned the use of a digitally created photograph on the cover of the June 2013 issue of National Geographic that kicked off a Committee discussion that brought to light widely differing points of view.
Some of the photographers laid off last week from the Chicago Sun-Times were joined early this morning by supporters and friends and fellow members of the Chicago Newspaper Guild as they picketed outside the Sun-Times building downtown.
National Geographic announced today the promotion of Chris Johns, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, to executive vice president, group editorial director and editor in chief, National Geographic. In his expanded role, Johns will lead the editorial development, design and execution of core National Geographic print, digital and video content across distribution channels.
This past week, the NPPA Ethics Committee had been deeply involved in discussing whether the June 2013 National Geographic cover photograph of explorer James Cameron was a violation of accepted journalistic ethics and values. However, what has taken precedence in our discussions is the firing of the entire photographic staff of the Chicago Sun-Times, including a Pulitzer Prize-winner, replacing them with reporters carrying iPhones.
The Regional winners of the 2012 Monthly News Clip Contest have been announced by the National Press Photographers Association today. The National winners are still being judged and winners tallied, but here are the Regional results.
NPPA's president Mike Borland today in a letter to Yahoo! chief executive officer Marissa Mayer expressed the organization's disapproval of her recent comments that questioned the need for professional photographers.
Photography editor and educator Mike Davis has been named as the new Alexia Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The announcement was made today by Multimedia Photography and Design department chair Bruce Strong.
The United Nations International Photographic Council today presented NPPA's Michelle McLoughlin with a 2013 Professional Photographer Leadership Award during a luncheon ceremony at U.N. headquarters in New York.
HARTFORD, CT (May 17, 2013) – John Long, a National Press Photographers Association past president and the chairman of NPPA's Ethics and Standards Committee, will be inducted into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame on May 23.
It’s 6:30 a.m. I woke to the sound of a harpsichord on the magic rectangle next to my head: my iPhone. I intentionally chose a pleasant sounding alarm as opposed to my traditional shrill beeping because throughout this week sleep will become more of a luxury, and I’ll need to wake up to something I don’t want to punch, as much. And this is only Day One of an incredibly intense, fulfilling week of learning at NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion Workshop at Syracuse University.
On behalf of 19 media organizations the National Press Photographers Association has objected to Beyoncé's 2013 World Tour Guidelines for photography and television. NPPA voiced its concerns in a letter from NPPA's general counsel to the Schure Media Group.
Rick Green, the editor and vice president of news for The Des Moines Register, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association, NPPA president Mike Borland announced today.
Carl David Repp, 76, died April 29, 2013 in Chico, CA. An award-winning photojournalist, Repp was a mentor to generations of photojournalism students in the Indiana University School of Journalism at Bloomington.
A book featuring the National Geographic's photographs of the American west produced by Rich Clarkson and Associates of Denver has won the top award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Perhaps the single greatest dilemma most photographers face in common is putting together a portfolio that is marketable and satisfies their "photographic soul." In this three-part NPPA Photo Journal series, Jim Colton explores the many variables that go into creating the well-balanced portfolio.
When a child dies how should it be reported? Whether it's by abuse or neglect, preventable accidents, gun violence and drugs or alcohol, insensitive coverage starts a drumbeat that can lead to sensationalism or reactionary media coverage that never seems to end. Now there's a new resource to help journalists with their coverage.
"In War's Wake: The Aftermath Of Iraq And Afghanistan," and exhibition presented by The Homecoming Project, opens on Saturday, May 18 from 6 to 10pm at The Dougherty Arts Center in Austin. In conjunction with the opening, The Homecoming Project will host an artist lecture by photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson.
The White House News Photographers Association wants to make sure everyone has a chance to sign up for the 92nd Annual WHNPA Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton on 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC.
For three days in March at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a group of students and professionals connected with each other and with themselves to get deep into their passion of visual storytelling and relating to the people who may someday become the stories they tell.
Michelle Jay was on Heartbreak Hill when her phone died. The photo editor of The Daily Free Press at Boston University didn’t think much of it. She was doing double duty, focusing on a few runners and photographing the Boston Marathon for an advanced photojournalism class and for the newspaper. Around 3 p.m., she noticed that runners were slowing down to a walk. A few police cars sped by. Then, a woman told her there had been two explosions near the finish line, about five miles away.
“If I don’t go to the action and shoot it, then who will?” This is what photojournalist and Boston University senior Michael Cummo asked himself moments after a news flash notified the world about a bomb set off at the Boston Marathon. While most people ran far from the finish line, journalists – including B.U. students – ran toward it.
Mark Edelson of The Palm Beach Post was today named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2013 Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year, and Jamie Wellford of Newsweek was selected as the Magazine Picture Editor of the Year.
RJ Sangosti of The Denver Post was today named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2013 Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets), and David Weatherwax of The Herald, in Jasper, IN, was selected as the Photojournalist of the Year (Smaller Markets).
Judging is underway today right now in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest in the competitions final two categories for this year, Still Photojournalism and Photojournalism Editing, and you can watch it live online.
A picture story shot by Boston University student Johannes Hirn of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was done as a final project for BU photojournalism professor Peter Southwick's class, the teacher told News Photographer magazine today.
The images following the Boston Marathon bombing were difficult to look at, but vitally important in telling the story of death and disability as well as heroes who raced into danger. But disgusting may be the first word that came to mind when a digital book using unauthorized photographs appeared on Amazon.com one day after the bombings.
There were at least two explosions at the finish line for the Boston Marathon, so far killing 3 and injuring more than 130 people, and photographs from the scene were published within minutes in a gallery on The Atlantic magazine's Web site, and then later on TIME's LightBox, as well as around the world.
Javier Manzano from Agence France-Press and five photographers from The Associated Press have been awarded the Pulitzer Prizes for Photography today at Columbia University in Manhattan. Both News and Feature Photography honors went for images of the conflict in Syria.
Lionel "Ray" Fluker, 54, a former freelance photojournalist for the Oakland Tribune, was shot and killed while driving home from an East Oakland gym. A Saturday memorial service has been planned, and the gunman has been arrested.
NPPA is publishing a series of articles on the various ways photographers are getting their projects funded and published these days. In this first installment, Heather Graulich explores the "where" and "how" of crowd-sourcing.
Doug Burgess of KING-TV has been picked as this year's Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer Of The Year today during the final round of Television Photojournalism judging in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest.
The judges have finished picking winners in this year's NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Video Photography and Editing categories at Michigan State University's host site, and here are the results along with some of the judges' comments.
This week, in a two-part Photo Journal, Jim Colton interviews Rich Clarkson about the dual threads in his photographic life. In Part One, Clarkson talks about his long association with the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championships, and his 59th consecutive year of coverage. In Part Two the former NPPA president Clarkson shares his thoughts on his long career as an editor, talent spotter, and the genesis of Rich Clarkson & Associates.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, NPPA members testified in front of a Texas House Committee against a bill that would make photography with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) subject to criminal and civil penalties.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest Video Photojournalism judges have picked WAVY-TV10 of Portsmouth, VA, as the Medium Market Station of the Year. This is the fourth year in a row that WAVY-TV10 has taken the title.
Judging is underway in the Video Photojournalism categories of NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest at Michigan State University. For the sixth time, Boyd Huppert of KARE-TV has been picked for NPPA's Photojournalism Award For Reporting.
This week, in a two-part Photo Journal, Jim Colton interviews Rich Clarkson about the dual threads in his photographic life. In Part One, Clarkson talks about his long association with the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championships, and his 59th consecutive year of coverage.
"Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn't See" by Alan Spearman and The Commercial Appeal has won Best Use Of Multimedia in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest, judges at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication announced today. The judges also released a complete list of all Multimedia Photojournalism contest winners.
NPPA vice president Todd Maisel has announced his resignation due to pressing personal and family matters. Pursuant to NPPA bylaws, his vacancy will be filled by a majority vote of the board of directors. The new vice president will serve out the remainder of Maisel’s term, which runs through January 2014.
Terry Eiler, the director of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, has announced that he intends to step down from his post on April 15 and take "early retirement." But that doesn't mean he intends to stop teaching.
Renowned as “the contest designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism competition is ready to start picking finalists in the Still Photojournalism, Video Photojournalism, Photojournalism Editing, and Multimedia Photojournalism contests.
The White House has selected NPPA board member Stacy Pearsall, a former Air Force combat photographer and disabled veteran, as a Women Veterans Champion of Change. The White House program recognizes Americans who are making positive change in their communities.
Ross Taylor, a staff photojournalist at The Virginian-Pilot, has been named as the Multimedia Photography and Design department's inaugural MPD Fellow at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Two new members were appointed to the National Press Photographers Association's board of directors today by the organization's president. Photojournalists Stacy Pearsall and Mark Anderson are now appointed NPPA board members, replacing Melissa Lyttle and Yunghi Kim.
Representatives from six major national media groups, including NPPA's president Mike Borland, met Monday with NCAA communications officials for about two hours to discuss the concerns of the organizations.
The U.S. Department of Justice has just filed a Statement of Interest in the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by photojournalist Mannie Garcia against Montgomery County, MD, police and prosecutors in the aftermath of his June 2011 unlawful arrest, which included the unlawful seizure of his camera and images.
A leading paparazzo who has photographed many of the world's biggest celebrities has been shot dead in Rome. Daniele Lo Presti was found with a single bullet in his head, prompting fears he had fallen victim to a Mafia-style execution.
The professional and student winners of the Alexia Foundation grants were announced today. Abir Abdullah of the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Bangladesh is the professional winner, and Sara Naomi Lewkowicz of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication is the student winner.
Brad Smith, who joined The New York Times in 2000 and has been the newspaper's senior Sports photography editor for the last six years, will be the new director of photography at Sports Illustrated magazine beginning March 14.
The Pictures of the Year International director has issued a statement today addressing the Paolo Pellegrin photography and caption controversy, waiting until last night to issue their findings after POYi finished announcing all of their category winners for this year.
The White House News Photographers Association released a statement late Monday night saying that a Washington Post photograph that recently won an award in the WHNPA annual contest has now been disqualified for digital manipulation.
NPPA Ethics Committee chair John Long and committee members Steve Raymer and Peter Southwick join NPPA immediate past president Sean D. Elliot in an exchange of opinions regarding several contest winning photographs that have become the hot topic of discussion because of post-processing and proper journalistic captioning.
An investigation into one of Paolo Pellegrin's pictures in an photo essay that recently won honors in both World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International claimed that the image apparently did not show what it claimed to show, that it was not taken where it was said that it was taken, and the subject wasn't who the photographer said he was in the contest captions. Pellegrin has now responded to the accusations.
Editors of the photography blog LENS at The New York Times are asking high school students across the States to help create a new, 21st century portrait of America by turning their cameras on their family, friends, neighborhoods and schools.
This week in the latest installment of NPPA's Photo Journal we interview The Virginian-Pilot director of photography Randall Greenwell, and he talks about how the newspaper addresses the needs and interests of its civilian and military readers.
Two photojournalists from Colorado are the newest members of NPPA's board of directors. Greg Smith, an independent photographer based in Westcliffe, and Sean Towle, a photojournalist at KDVR-TV in Denver, have joined NPPA's board.
In the days following the announcement of the World Press Photo of the Year there's been quite a discussion going on in cyberspace about post-processing of news images, and how far is too far given the ethics of reportage and today's digital photography.
Justin Maxon, the 2011 winner of NPPA's Cliff Edom “New America Award,” is on a personal quest to “expand the boundaries of photojournalistic representation” and unfold the complex wrinkles of private moments.
Last week photographer Paul Hansen from the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter won POYi's Newspaper Photographer of the Year title. Today, Hansen won the World Press Photo of the Year title with a dramatic image of a funeral procession in Gaza where the bodies of two children killed in an Israeli missile strike are carried down an alley in streams of reflective backlight.
Photographer Paul Hansen from the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter achieved premier honors as the 2012 Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 70th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition on Saturday in Columbia.
Inspired by photographs and immersed in the industry by a “news junkie mom,” Los Angeles Times' staff photographer Robert Gauthier uncovers what it's like to shoot at the Olympics (he's worked four), the switch from stills to video, and the personal and powerful side of visual journalism in his story, “Death and Dignity.”
On behalf of a coalition of organizations, NPPA's lawyer today voiced strong opposition to Hawaiian state Sen. Kalani English's proposed bill, the "Steven Tyler Act," which would pave the way for celebrities to lodge civil suits against paparazzi.
Join us as Photo Journal takes a look at the inner workings of the Los Angeles Times' photography department, through the eyes of deputy director of photography Alan Hagman and staff photojournalist Robert Gauthier.
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is proud to re-launch the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, which supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announced today that Dr. Alison Nordström, Senior Curator of Photographs, will assume the new position of Curator-at-Large, effective July 1, 2013. The museum has begun an international search for her replacement as head of the Department of Photographs.
George J. Lockwood, a longtime editor at The Milwaukee Journal who oversaw the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning series on water pollution in Wisconsin, died January 31 at a Phoenix hospital. Lockwood was know to be a great supporter of photography and photographers.
The winner of the 2012 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is Gerard H. Gaskin for his black-and-white and color photographs that document, as Gaskin writes, “the performative and aesthetic history of the African American and Latino house and ballroom community.
Washington Post photojournalist Michael Williamson regaled an audience of students and faculty at Ohio University this week with stories about the art of finding pictures while documenting poverty and homelessness. “Take your eyes for a walk. Anytime I get off my keister and go looking around and engage people, something always happens,” he advised.
The Multimedia Photography and Design department at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University is pleased to announce that acclaimed photographer Lynn Johnson will be its first MPD Visiting Professional, and she will be teaching a special projects course for Newhouse students this year.
NPPA's most prestigious honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, has been presented this year to two of the industry’s most likable and significant trailblazers, longtime photojournalist Charles W. “Chick” Harrity, retired from U.S. News & World Report Magazine, and Dennis Dimick, the executive environment editor and the interim director of photography for National Geographic Magazine.
Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at the Associated Press, will chair the 2013 World Press Photo Contest jury. He takes over the task from Gary Knight who is unable to join the judging due to bereavement in the family.
Washington Post photojournalist Michael Williamson tonight will speak to Ohio University School of Visual Communications students about his career, his new book "Someplace Like America: Tales From The New Great Depression," and 15 years of documenting poverty and homelessness in America during the inaugural Morris Berman Lecture Series.
NPPA and ASMP have urged corporate news media organizations to re-invest a substantial portion of their profits into the communities they serve by improving and expanding local news coverage so as to achieve the highest standards in journalism and bolster public trust and respect.
In response to a Notice of Inquiry by the U.S. Copyright Office, NPPA has submitted comments on the issue of orphan works and mass digitalization. The comments are for use in advising Congress on how to address current issues involving copyright and orphan works.
After spending two years making the documentary Queen of Versailles, and then another year defending a lawsuit brought by the film's main subject, photojournalist and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has scored a big legal victory in Florida federal court.
Photojournalist and NPPA member Stacy Pearsall is front and center atop The New York Times front page this morning, right under the legendary masthead, in a story about the Secretary of Defense opening the doors for women to be deployed in direct combat.
A federal judge in the Northern District of Georgia has denied a motion to dismiss in a copyright infringtement lawsuit by an advertising agency against former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and publisher Simon & Schuster Inc.
The first New York Photography Portfolio Review has been launched, sponsored and announced today by The New York Times LENS blog's editor Jim Estrin. It's a free two-day gathering in April featuring private portfolio critiques, discussions, and workshops.
"Restrepo" filmmaker Sebastian Junger is back at Sundance with "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington." Junger says it's a documentary that he wishes never had to be made.
While shooting video on the Miami-Dade Metrorail on Sunday night, security guards attacked and tried to choke the photographer, potentially escalating a pending state lawsuit into a federal suit, the photographer says.
Photojournalist Shimon Gifter tells Carlos Miller what happened this week when a NYPD police sergeant grabbed him from behind, snatched his camera and handcuffed him, faced him into a wall, and scrolled through his camera deleting his video clips.
Photojournalism student Christopher Montgomery was arrested and had video footage deleted from his iPhone in January 2011 after he photographed Philadelphia police making an arrest. He was charged with disorderly and convicted. On appeal the conviction was reversed. Now the ACLU has filed a First Amendment lawsuit for Montgomery.
The NPPA Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award was created last week by the board of directors during their annual business meeting, and in today's announcement of the award NPPA's Honors and Recognition Committee urged the photojournalism community to submit their nominations before the January 23, 2013, deadline.
TIME Magazine's Director of Photography Kira Pollock discusses delivering "a strong unified photographic approach" for TIME's print and online platforms, covering Hurricane Sandy, and using Instagram and social media outlets to reach 11 million readers.
New York District Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled that Agence France-Press and The Washington Post infringed upon photojournalist Daniel Morel's copyright by their unauthorized use of his pictures from the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
A federal court judge has ruled that Agence France-Presse violated photographer Daniel Morel's copyrights by taking and distributing, without his permission, pictures he shot and posted on Twitter of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Sean D. Elliot, who has served as president of the National Press Photographers Association since 2011, officially passed the gavel Sunday to the new incoming president, Michael Borland. Elected by the board of directors during its annual two-day business meeting at NPPA's national office, Borland took the oath of office to begin his one-year term.
San Francisco Bay Area sports photographer Brad Mangin likes getting to the game early, but by his own admission he was late to the camera phone craze among professionals and amateurs who were using photography sharing Web sites like The Best Camera, Hipstamatic, and Instragram. But it sure didn't take him long to catch up.
The deadline for submitting images to the Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography is January 24, 2013. The Costa Award seeks to honor the photographer whose courtroom coverage is judged to best demonstrate the use of still photography in what is a highly sensitive and increasingly controversial reporting situation.
Join us in-person at The Poynter Institute or online through Poynter's NewsU for Video Storytelling with the Pros: Creativity on a Deadline, on Saturday, Jan. 19. No matter what kinds of stories you produce, we'll help you elevate your video storytelling.
Two decades ago in Georgia, a Gainesville newspaper published a picture and story under the headline "KKK March Calm." The photograph, incredible as it may seem today, showed a white toddler in a full KKK robe playing with the riot shield of a black Georgia State Police trooper. The shot, by Todd Robertson, found new life on the Internet but the true story behind its origins were largely unknown. Until now.
W. Eugene Smith's iconic photographic essay "Country Doctor" for LIFE magazine has been published on their Web site to include some previously unpublished images. Smith spent a month in Kremmling, CO, photographing Dr. Ernest Ceriani.
Why would a seasoned, award-winning Magnum photographer decide to work for a local, small-town newspaper in the remote northern reaches of Norway? Because Jonas Bendiksen says he's heard that newspapers are dying, and the Magnum photojournalist wants to work for one before they're all gone.
A federal judge is considering requests by the San Diego Police and county Sheriff’s departments to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two freelance journalists who claim the agencies unfairly prevented them from gathering news.
Renowned as “the contest designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” and incorporating the many facets of the visual journalism industry, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism competition attracts the most talented professionals in still, video, multimedia, and editing, year after year.
The National Press Photographers Association has joined with the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) in a statement protesting the manipulation of an official photograph made available for distribution by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office sent a photo of female lawmakers to press Thursday to commemorate a huge moment for the Democratic Party: The first time its House of Representatives caucus didn’t have a majority of white men. Unfortunately, four members were late to the photo shoot.
In a recently-discovered interview, circa 1956, legendary photojournalist W. Eugene Smith talked about a then-controversial practice that today is taboo in photojournalism, and that is the act of staging photographs.
A freelance American reporter who contributed videos to Agence France-Presse in recent months was kidnapped in war-torn Syria six weeks ago and has been missing since, his family revealed today. U.S journalist James Foley, 39, an experienced war reporter who has covered other conflicts, was seized by armed men in the northern province of Idlib on November 22, according to witnesses.
Dave Weatherwax, The Herald's chief photographer and picture editor, talks to Jim Colton about what it takes to deliver consistently fresh and engaging high caliber visual journalism and documentary picture stories to their southern Indiana rural readership of 11,300 subscribers.
The visual journalism program at Brooks Institute in southern California teamed up with the Ventura County Star and PBS NewsHour for a November 2012 Election Day event that got students out of the classroom and out of their comfort zone, Nomi Morris reports.
The National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) is now accepting applications for the annual Gordon Yoder Award for beginning television photojournalists who wish to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop on March 17 through 22, 2013, in Norman, OK.
From the public’s reaction to the New York Post photograph of a man about to be struck by a subway train, to the horde of news media that descended on a quiet little Connecticut town in the wake of the tragic school shooting, along with the countless “indignities” so many in the public feel in the face of relentless news coverage, the question has been raised again about how to balance the freedoms protected by the First Amendment with a sense of privacy and personal decency.
From the West Bank and Gaza to Occupy Wall Street, from Hurricane Sandy to the Sandy Hook massacre, a team of visual editors at The New York Times have assembled an interactive look at 2012 in a gallery of some of the most stunning photographs of the year from around the world and in the Empire State.
The Chicago Tribune and six other newspapers owned by Tribune Co. are dropping the services of Associated Press, effective in early January, Robert Feder reports in Time Out Chicago. But the Los Angeles Time has cut its own deal with AP, apparently, and will remain a client.
In his 40 years as a staff photographer for The Miami Herald, Tim Chapman "has captured its soul and its heartache one frame at a time." This Christmas, at 62, he's turned off the police scanners, hung up the cameras, and retired.
As Ashley Gilbertson crept up the dark staircase of a minaret in Fallujah, he hovered closely behind advance troops of the United States Marines. Stepping around and over the rubble created by an earlier shelling of the mosque, Gilbertson could hardly see the two soldiers in lead.
As TIME magazine once again names U.S. President Barack Obama as their Person of the Year, a TIME Lightbox feature today showcases 125 of White House photojournalist Pete Souza's favorite images in a gallery with extended captions and a story.
The Photographic Museum of Humanity is pleased to announce its 2013 Grant, an international photographic contest that aims to finance photographers and discover new talents. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize guarantees respectively USD $2,000, USD $1,000 and USD $500 in cash.
In this installment of Photo Journal, Jim Colton interviews The Atlantic's Alan Taylor about his mission to curate high-impact, high-resolution visual journalism via his In Focus blog, published three days a week at theatlantic.com.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has assembled an array of online tip-sheets on covering mass shootings, child trauma, and community tragedy which may be helpful to journalists who are covering the massacre in Newtown.
Photojournalist and author Rick Smolan's latest effort isn't another "Day In The Life Of ..." project. It tackles a bigger topic. "The Human Face Of Big Data" is both a hardbound book and an iPad App that mixes essays and photographs that delve into Big Data, the revolution in digital information and analytics that is changing the world we live in.
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher participated in an online panel discussion about photographing death and difficult subjects, as the controversy and discussion spurred by questions about the ethics of the New York subway death photograph and the play given it by the New York Post continues.
Israeli soldiers punched two Reuters cameramen and forced them to strip in the street, before letting off a tear gas canister in front of them, leaving one of them needing hospital treatment, the news service reports today from Hebron, West Bank.
The Seattle Times has published their first iBook for the iPad. It's the Year In Pictures 2012 and it showcases the photograph staff's best work from each month of the last year in 135 photogrpahs and 12 videos.
Press photographer Mark Pearce and his family were awakened by police shortly before midnight Friday at their home in Carraig Crosain (Northern Ireland) when a viable pipe bomb was discovered outside the front door of their home.
Soon the growing number of video cameras installed in public places, and miniature surveillance drones flying around our heads, will mean that we'll see more images like the New York Post subway-death photograph, Dan Gilmore reports.
A number of national press organizations have expressed concern about the arrest of an Ohio University graduate student, for allegedly interfering with police and emergency personnel while taking pictures during the Athens uptown Halloween celebration earlier this fall.
For more than 65 years the National Press Photographers Association has honored those who have supported the organization, assisted visual journalism and visual journalists, or have made significant contributions to our profession.
Hurricane Sandy was by far one of the worst natural disasters to hit the American coast in modern times, even surpassing Hurricane Katrina for its shear economic destruction. Some of our fellow visual journalists suffered serious harm to their homes and families, and as a result we ask that you help.
Now that Newsweek will cease print publication at the end of December, morphing into a digital publication called Newsweek Global, Jim Colton has written a very personal blog on his Web site looking back at the magazine's photojournalism history as well as his thoughts on where the magazine took a a series of wrong turns that led to its eventual demise.
Looking back on the news of 2012, Associated Press photography director Santiago Lyon and deputy director Denis Paquin have assembled a gallery of the year's top images from AP's photojournalists around the world.
Looking back on the suffering and death and chaos that has turned daily life in Syria upside-down for months now, war photojournalists who have covered the conflict look back on the images that have moved them the most and describe what went on behind the scenes in "The Backstory" in Time magazine's "Lightbox."
Almost immediately after the New York Post published R. Umar Abbasi's photograph of Ki-Suck Han's last few living moments on the cover of their tabloid and their Web site, it seems like everyone — media and citizen alike — blamed the visual messenger for doing his journalistic duty.
As the year comes to an end a wave of layoffs and buyouts has hit publication after publication, and in just the past week the cuts have come "at a blistering pace," Jack Mirkinson reports in The Huffington Post.
Today photojournalist Mannie Garcia reinstitued a federal civil rights lawsuit that is the result of his unlawful arrest in June 2011, an incident that Garcia says left him suffering “serious physical, emotional, and economic injuries” due to the actions of both Montgomery County police and prosecutors.
The man who was Robert Capa's picture editor on D-Day, who was Magnum Photo's first executive director at the invitation of his friend Henri Cartier-Bresson, who has been the picture editor of The New York Times, the Washington Post, Life magazine, and National Geographic, who wrote the iconic book "Get The Picture: A Personal History Of Photojournalism," today turned 96 years old in "retirement."
Christopher Weigl, a Boston University student who was pursuing a masters in photojournalism, was killed this morning when the bicycle he was riding on Commonwealth was struck by a semi-trailer truck that turned into the cyclist.
NPPA Ethics Committee chairman John Long, for decades the voice guiding NPPA on matters of ethics and standards, weighs in on the New York subway photograph controversy with a new Blog entry on the NPPA Web site.
In the aftermath of a dramatic photograph of a man about to be struck and killed by an oncoming New York subway train, the finger pointing and second guessing continues over whether a freelance photographer did the right thing by shooting the picture, and the Post running it as a cover, was "ethical" photojournalism.
Well, there's a lot of second guessing going on in cyberspace about whether or not Sports Illustrated intentionally or unintentionally digitally altered the color of Baylor football players' jerseys in a photograph used in the magazine's "Leading Off" feature.
The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts of the hotly debated law run counter to constitutional protections of free speech.
In the second installment of NPPA’s new feature Photo Journal, curated by renowned photography editor Jim Colton, he takes a look at a three-part series in The Denver Post that documents the re-emergence of heroin in the Colorado city’s neighborhoods.
In a project launched by Antonio Amendola's group Shoot4Change and supported by NPPA members who have volunteered, photojournalists are helping families who were hit by Hurricane Sandy recover their photographic memories.
Following a months-long battle with cancer, John Baltes passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his wife, Kristin, and children, Rachel and Jake, his parents and other close family. He was 45 years old.
The National Press Photographers Association, along with the National Press Photographers Foundation, today announced a joint effort to help photojournalists who were displaced or affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Getty Images today announced they are observing the 5-year anniversary of Reportage by Getty Images with a collection of some of their most compelling photojournalism shot by Getty photographers during that time.
Although he had no formal training with a camera, Alf Kumalo was captivated by the power of still photography. After meeting and photographing a trial lawyer named Nelson Mandela, Kumalo became one of the chroniclers of the cruelties of South Africa's apartheid
A Vietnam war veteran who since 1968 has spent time in jails, prisons, and mental institutions in connection with similar crimes has been arrested and charged with telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident involving two high school girls.
As we look back over the past year, photojournalists have faced a balancing act when it comes to our rights. And that balancing act will apparently continue into the coming new year. So here are some basic facts about our rights that we need to be aware of and protect.
NPPA kicks off a new feature today called "Photo Journal." Curated by renowned photography editor Jim Colton, Photo Journal will be a collection of dynamic images from current events that are appearing in newspapers, magazines, and on Web sites.
True innovators are rare. Especially in visual communications. Author Bruce Young kicks off NPPA's series of profiles of photographic innovators, the people who consistently create novel approaches to seeing our world, with our inaugural innovator profile of Susan Meiselas.
KARACHI, PAKISTAN – Afghani Pulitzer Prize-winner Massoud Hossaini was elected the first president of the new South Asia Photojournalists Association (SAPA) on Sunday, November 11, at the group’s inaugural meeting in Karachi, Pakistan.
Three photographers will be awarded a $4,000 fellowship plus travel expenses to spend two weeks in Africa to document the global health projects of Management Sciences for Health. Deadline for entries is December 7, 2012.
Former Birmingham News photojournalist Jeff Roberts has died after a brief illness. He was 51. Roberts, who was part of the group laid off last year as the News made the transition to digital, became ill shortly after leaving the newspaper.
Professional speakers, Nikon product demonstrations, an "Eyes Of History" gallery talk, a Photo Safari, and a Pulitzer Prize photography presentation are among the events planned for Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Nikon Photo Day at the Newseum
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas will dedicate the Richard C. Clarkson Multimedia Gallery during ceremonies on Friday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m.
NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher and former ASMP president Richard Kelly will lead a discussion about the right to photograph and record in public, and the best practices for how to avoid being harassed or intimidated, on November 11 during FotoWeekDC.
California will be the final stop for NPPA's 2012 Business Blitz Roadshow, and registration for the November 16-17 event is now open. This exciting two-day event features a free Friday evening with socializing and a State of the Industry roundtable. Then on Saturday the Business Blitz Roadshow will teach attendees how to develop the fundamental building blocks for creating a sustainable photography business in a changing marketplace...."
A chronicle of the deadly storm that battered the mid-Atlantic region on Oct. 29 and 30 causing flooding in coastal communities of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; knocking down trees and power lines; and leaving more than eight million people in the rain-soaked dark — and with the daunting task of cleaning up.
Eastman Kodak won court approval Monday to quit providing health and welfare benefits to 56,000 U.S. retirees and dependents.
The ruling, made Monday by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper, is a major one in Kodak's Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring. Kodak had been seeking court OK to quit offering such benefits by the end of the year.
A tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field.
Last night, Hurricane Sandy -- the largest Atlantic tropical system on record -- made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive storm surge onto beaches and shorelines. At least 12 deaths have been reported in the United States.
ATLANTA, GA – When the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar rolls into town in late November, it will continue a four-decade tradition of breaking new ground for visual specialists, showcasing some of the world's best photojournalists who are at the top of their game. and providing hands-on skills, business, and video workshops. Plus there’s a popular, world-class photojournalism contest.
LONDON — As hallowed institutions of British life — the BBC above all, but also the police and prosecutors, and hospitals and schools that should care for young people — were being sullied by the spreading scandal around the always weird Jimmy Savile, it was a moment of clarity, and hope.
In the dying days of apartheid in South Africa two decades ago, the country was aflame with violence, and photographers constantly raced from one clash to another in search of a dramatic image that would make the front page.
Today the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) announced that it was joining 5 elected officials and almost a dozen members of the press in a lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) and JP Morgan Chase. The lawsuit alleges that the City of New York, the MTA, the NYPD, Brookfield Properties, and JP Morgan Chase conspired to violate the First Amendment rights of press members who were arrested while covering the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. The amended complaint seeks both redress against police misconduct during these arrests and that a federal independent monitor be appointed to observe future NYPD incidents involving the press.
CHICAGO, IL – John C.P Goheen, a three-time winner of NPPA's Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year title, has released a powerful new feature-length documentary honoring America's military veterans.
MIDDLEBORO — The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, together with local photographer Jon Haglof, is offering a new two-part photography course starting in September. The course, beginning Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6—8 p.m.
The romantic notion is that photojournalists bear unique witness to the events of the world as they unfold around them. In reality, due to circumstance, comfort and organizational requirements, photographers often find themselves in the company of fellow photojournalists, working side by side, when covering the news.