Harry Walker, chairman of the National Press Photographers Association’s Best Of Photojournalism Contest Committee, and NPPA president Alicia Wagner Calzada today announced that 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco Chronicle has accepted an invitation to join the BOP Contest Committee.
Fitzmaurice served as a judge in this year’s Best Of Photojournalism competition as one of the panel of experts selecting winners in the Web Site and multimedia categories at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL. “The BOP committee looks forward to Deanne’s participation,” Walker said.
For 16 years Fitzmaurice has been a staff photojournalist for the Chronicle. She’s a graduate of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with a BFA in photography. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, and People, as well as participating in Day in the Life book projects.
In 2005 she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for “Operation Lion Heart,” the story of a young Iraqi boy, Saleh Khalaf, who was maimed by a roadside explosive device in Iraq. His life was saved by an American military doctor who treated him at a military field hospital and who convinced his colleagues back at an Oakland, CA, children’s hospital to accept the boy as a patient. Saleh endured dozens of surgeries and eventually recovered, the result of an amazing humanitarian international rescue effort started by one just doctor who believed that the little boy could be saved.