Andrea Bruce, Carol T. Powers, Win Top WHNPA 2006 Honors

Washington Post photographer Andrea Bruce was named “Photographer of the Year” and photojournalist Carol T. Powers earned top honors for “Political Photo of the Year" in the White House News Photographers Association's 2006 "Eyes of History" competition.

Bruce, who has worked for The Washington Post since 2001, was also “Photographer of the Year” in 2003 and 2005. Her winning portfolio this year included a picture story on the earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan, as well as photographs from military funerals in Arlington National Cemetery.

“Political Photo of the Year” was awarded to freelance photojournalist Carol T. Powers for her image of a vulnerable House Majority Leader Tom Delay at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

The "Eyes Of History" television competition was judged earlier, with top honors going to Dai Baker of ITN as “Television Photographer of the Year” and Travis Fox of as “Television Editor of the Year.”

The top winners of the still and television contests will be honored at the annual “Eyes of History” Gala on May 6, 2006, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington. WHNPA president Susan Walsh says that the black-tie event celebrates all the winning photojournalists and the president of the United States. Nearly 1,000 guests, including government dignitaries and industry celebrities, also will attend.

The WHNPA and "The Eyes of History" are sponsored in part by Nikon Spirit Initiative, Tiffen/Domke, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Design.