NPPA's 60 Years: Celebrate Past, Future, At Photojournalism Summit

DURHAM, NC – The National Press Photographers Association’s 60th Anniversary Photojournalism Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa Bay, FL, from Friday June 23, 2006, through Sunday June 25.

The overall theme is "See The Future, And Learn How To Get There." Speakers and seminars for both print and television and new media journalists will focus on storytelling, lighting, ethics, multimedia, and the Web.

Walk-in registration is still available at the event. Jay Nolan at The Tampa Tribune is the event chairperson.

Sponsored by Canon and Avid, the Summit's sessions will include presentations by Joe McNally, who has done work for National Geographic magazine; Scott Strazzante of The Chicago Tribune; Ted Jackson of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans; Christopher Morris of the VII Photo Agency; NPPA's Photojournalist of the Year (Small Market) Josh Meltzer of the Roanoke Times; Melina Mara of The Washington Post; Mindy McAdams, author of the book Flash Journalism; and Greg Smith of mediaSmith.

There will be a Life Member Luncheon on Friday, organized by Joe Young. Young says he will show off "some great old camera equipment," and as an added bonus will also put on his now-famous flash powder demonstration.

Television programs include presentations by NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, Stan Heist of WBFF-TV in Baltimore, MD; NPPA’s Video Editor of the Year, Jason Hanson of KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, MN; Scott Jensen of KTUU-TV in Anchorage (BOP's Small Market Station of the Year); Brad Ingram of WGHP-TV (the Medium Market Station of the Year); Gary Knox of KARE-TV (the Large Market Station of the Year); and several NPPA Regional TV Photographers of the Year.

Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies will present three sessions that are ideal for television reporters and other TV newsroom staff: ethics, discussing the major issues of today; writing for photojournalists, creative tips on how to marry the video with the words; and using the Web as a resource for news stories. Scott Hedeen of WXIA-TV in Atlanta will talk about doing quick turn-around stories on tight deadlines while still putting quality stories on the air. And David Carter of WFAA-TV in Dallas along with WFAA-TV reporter Brad Hawkins will present a team storytelling session.

Steve Hooker, the former chief photographer for WDSU-TV in New Orleans, will share his experience of covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as well as presenting his famous lighting demonstration, with tips on how to improve your lighting skills even when you're on deadline. (Hooker is now with WIS-TV in Columbia, SC).

Former winners of NPPA's Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year honor are invited to a special session to show their stories from the year they won POY with their tape, a session guaranteed to show how television news has evolved over the years.

The Summit will include a job fair, a reunion for NPPA Life Members, exhibits, a photo competition, and still and television portfolio critiques. The NPPA "Shootout" will pit photojournalists against each other to see who can create the most inspiring images.

The Summit will also include a Sunday morning panel discussion on The Future Of Photojournalism. Included on the panel will be the president of NPPA, the president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the president of Editorial Photographers, and the president of the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA).

Summit organizers encourage people to bring their families to the event. NPPA has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the Grand Hyatt Hotel which is located right on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, a whirlpool, and childrens' activities during the summer. Nearby are golf courses, tennis courts, and a wildlife estuary.

NPPA's leadership invites Best Of Photojournalism winners and others who are being honored to join them on the evening of Saturday, June 24 for the Best of Photojournalism 2006 Awards Banquet and the presentation of the 2006 NPPA Honors and Recognitions.

In addition to the awards given in the still photography, picture editing, television photography and editing, and Web categories, the organization's highest annual honors - including the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Awards, the Joseph Costa Award, and the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award - will be presented.

More information about The Summit will being going out soon to NPPA members via an eMail blast, and additional details are on the NPPA Web site here. Those seeking more information or with additional questions may call +1.816.254.8649.