Voisin, Washington Post Take Top Northern Short Course Honors

RESTON, VA – Damon Kiesow reports from the site of the 24th Annual Northern Short Course in Reston, VA, thatWashington Post photojournalist Sarah Voisin was named NSC Photographer of the Year last night at the seminar's awards banquet, and that the Post photography staff team was picked as the Newspaper Staff of the Year as well.

Kiesow, the event chairperson, said that 31 workshops were presented over three days in still and television photography, there were six keynote lectures, more than 300 portfolio reviews, and contest entries from more than 100 photojournalists from Regions 1, 2 and 3 were judged. He said that there were 328 paid attendees (254 professionals, 74 students) and that organizers anticipate making a profit from the event.

"There are literally dozens of staff and volunteers who contribute to the success of the event each year - and we owe them all a huge thanks," Kiesow wrote. "I won't even try to name all of the outstanding speakers and faculty who joined us - take a look at www.northershortcourse.com for a full list - but it may have been the most talented and acclaimed group of photojournalists we have ever gathered under one roof. They also deserve a huge thanks for taking time out of their very busy schedules to be with us." Also, a complete list of contest winners will be posted on the NSC Web site soon.

The NSC board voted to extend their location planning to a three year cycle, Kiesow said, and selected the next three locations for the annual seminar: Cherry Hill, NJ, in 2006; Warwick, RI, in 2007; and Rochester, NY, in 2008.