ST. PETERSBURG, FL – On the last day of the Still Photography division of NPPA’s Best Of Photojournalism 2007 competition, judges today named Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times as the Photojournalist Of The Year (Large Markets). Tyler Hicks of The New York Times is second place, and third place is Spencer Platt of Getty Images. Honorable mention was awarded to Michael Macor of the San Francisco Chronicle.
After picking Cole, judges had two more selections to make today: Best Of Show for a single image and for a picture story. The new Best Of Show award was created this year, and the images eligible to be considered for the honor are those entered by NPPA members that have finished first through third place in all of the contest's other categories.
Brian Hill of The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, IL, was picked for Best Of Show/Single for his picture of a firefighter carrying the body of a missing two-year-old boy from the Fox River. The picture also won first place in Domestic News earlier in the contest.
Contest judge Bebeto Matthews said, "This image of the firefighter and child, from the first time I saw it until now, forever and forever has been pasted on my mind. It's one of those images that you can't say enough about. If you're not spiritual when you're looking at this image, you may feel spiritual for the first time."
Cole was also picked for Best Of Show/Picture Story for her essay on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon last summer. Contest judge Naomi Halperin said, "The picture story about Lebanon is not only well done, but the framing of each image builds tension into the situation, which I feel adds to the storytelling process."
"First place [POY] was a unanimous selection," judge James Colton said about Cole's top choice today. "I want everyone out there to realize this is a unanimous vote. There is no influence. The one thing that works for me in the first place portfolio is the photographer's use of color, in addition to the content and composition. The one unifying theme is that the photographer has a style and a great understanding of light and color."
In yesterday's judging Mary F. Calvert of The Washington Times was picked as the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets), and Sarah L. Voisin of The Washington Post won Cliff Edom's "New America Award."
Matt Roth of Patuxent Publishing Co. was second place in the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets) category, and Kyle Green of The Roanoke Times was third.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism 2007 competition is sponsored again this year by Canon and Avid, and the judging is hosted by The Poynter Institute for Media Studies at St. Petersburg.
Judges in the Best Of Photojournalism 2007 Still Photography division this year were Bebeto Matthews, a staff photojournalist for the Associated Press in New York; Steve Gonzales, director of photography for the Houston Chronicle; James Colton, a photography editor for Sports Illustrated; Naomi Halperin, director of photography for The Morning Call in Allentown, PA; and Kathleen Hennessy, deputy director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Web division judging was also conducted at Poynter this week and it was coordinated by chair Keith W. Jenkins, the photography editor for The Washington Post. This years Web division judges were Andrew DeVigal, a multimedia editor for The New York Times; Regina McCombs of The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN; Josh Meltzer, a photojournalist for The Roanoke Times who was the 2005 Best Of Photojournalism Photojournalist of the Year for Smaller Markets; Richard Hernandez, a photojournalist for the San Jose Mercury News; and Heather Powazek Champ from Flickr.
Judging in the Picture Editing categories will begin next week at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication (VisCom) in Athens, OH, coordinated by VisCom director Terry Eiler and photojournalism instructor Stan Alost.
In addition to Canon and Avid, NPPA’s Best Of Photojournalism 2007 competition is also sponsored by The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL; Hesketh.com; Ibiblio.org; Camera Bits; Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication; Think Tank Photo; and MerlinOne.
For more information or to ask questions please eMail Best Of Photojournalism 2007 contest coordinator Thomas Kenniff, who is at the judging, at [email protected].