Women In Photojournalism Conference Opens In St. Louis
By Linda Golden
ST. LOUIS, MO – Nearly two hundred photojournalists and editors from around the country gathered at the Radisson Hotel & Suites here on Friday to kick off NPPA's 17th annual Women In Photojournalism Conference. During the next three days the conference offers participants the chance to hear six featured speakers, take part in 23 workshops, and have portfolios reviewed by representatives from 20 different media organizations.
On Saturday night this year's "Living the Moment" exhibit - an annual gallery show of winning images from the conference's photography contest - will open at the St. Louis City Museum. According to Laurie Skrivan, contest and gallery chair, a committee of three photographers picked the winning images in five hours from more than 900 submissions.
While judging the photography contest took only one day, Pat Holloway, the Women's Committee Chair, said planning for this year's conference began immediately after the end of the 2005 conference. She expects that attendance will hit 200 this year with walk-up registration remaining open until Saturday morning. Among the registered participants are photographers from Singapore, China, Canada, and an area Catholic high school.
However, what Holloway says she looks forward to each year is seeing familiar faces. "I just love seeing everyone that comes back," she said. "We have people who come back year after year, which means we're doing something right."
Among the returning participants is Sherri LaRose-Chiglo, a photographer with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. LaRose-Chiglo attended the conference two years ago in Kansas City. "It's a good motivational tool to come to these things and be around other women who have the same issues come up," she said.
Conference chair Stephanie Cordle agreed. "I think it's important for women to get together and talk about issues that are unique to women photographers and to celebrate our work."
Featured speakers this year include Susan Meiselas of Magnum Photos, Nikon Sabbatical Grant winner Adriana Lopez Sanfelieu, Melina Mara of The Washington Post, Barbara Davidson from The Dallas Morning News, and Regina McCombs of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Also, motivational speaker Carol Daniel, author of the weekly column “Carol’s Journal” in the St. Louis American Newspaper and “Balancing Act,” which appears monthly in the Suburban Journals, will make a presentation.
Sponsors for the 2007 Women In Photojournalism Conference include Avid, Canon, Nikon, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.