The first round of judging kicks off
Judging for the Best of Photojournalism contest kicks off this weekend and continues through February with our first-round judges deciding which entries will make it into the final rounds of in-person judging at the University of Georgia in early March. The first round of judges for the Online Video, Presentation and Innovation division are as follows:
Ken Harper, award-winning designer, professor, photojournalist and media educator – currently associate professor and the first director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
Francesca Trianni, staff video producer at TIME, winner of the 2018 World Press Photo contest for Innovative Storytelling, national Edward R. Murrow Awards
Swikar Patel, independent photographer and filmmaker, former Senior Video Producer and Deputy Director of Photography at Education Week
Sung Park, Senior Instructor of photojournalism and multimedia journalism and co-director of the Journalism Master’s Program at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon
Sophia Nahli Allison, experimental documentary filmmaker and photographer, 2018 Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab Programs Fellow and artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock
Alice Li, Peabody, Emmy, Murrow and Webby award-winning video journalist at The Washington Post, graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
Eric Seals, Photo & Video Journalist at the Detroit Free Press, Murrow, Webby, Michigan Press Photographers Association, regional Emmys and POYi award winner
Aubrey Aden-Buie, award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual storyteller, director at Glassbreaker Films and leader of their Filmmakers-in-Residence program at The Center for Investigative Reporting
Brittany Washington, senior video producer at Huffpost, former multimedia producer at Open Society Foundations, interested in solutions journalism and certified in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell
Mahala Gaylord, award-winning filmmaker and video journalist currently at Courageous Studio, former staff video journalist and photographer at the Denver Post
The final round judges:
We are pleased to present this year’s Best of Photojournalism’s 2019 judges who will be traveling to the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to judge the Still, Editing and Online Video, Presentation and Innovation Divisions.
Submit entries until 5pm EST, January 31. You can register here:
With Platinum Level sponsorship by Sony Electronics, BOP is offering cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000, as well as Sony Alpha cameras for top portfolio winners and Tiffany crystal awards for winning newsrooms.
ONLINE VIDEO, PRESENTATION AND INNOVATION DIVISION
AJ Chavar is a video journalist, producer, and photographer in New York City, formerly a staff video journalist at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and a senior video producer at Vox.com. His video work covering politics and features has been awarded multiple first place distinctions by the White House News Photographers Association, as well as several recognitions from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, and the Capitol regain Emmys. His dispatches from the aftermath of a mass shooting that wounded U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords were awarded the National Edward R. Murrow Award. When not behind a camera, laptop, or phone, A.J. is likely somewhere in the woods ignoring all three of those things. AJ Chavar's website.
Andrew Hida is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California who takes a decisively documentary approach to nonfiction storytelling for editorial publications and brands. Recently, he directed and produced Im/Perfection, a short film about architectural design and hand renderings that premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival. His work has been recognized by World Press Photo, the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, the National Press Photographers Association, and The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films. Andrew Hida's website.
Bethany Mollenkof is a freelance photographer and filmmaker with a passion for telling stories that reframe the narratives of marginalized people, sharing their stories with complexity, nuance and intimacy. She has worked extensively in the United States and East Africa. Bethany Mollenkof's website.
Gabriela Arp is an independent documentary filmmaker who is passionate about visual media, new technology and immersive projects that strengthen the human connection. Gabriela has produced short films, exhibits and interactive experiences for news organizations, non-profits, cultural spaces and commercial clients. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Blue Chalk Media, CNN International, Univision, International Rescue Committee, the United Nations, The New Museum, LACMA, Sony, Canon, and JetBlue. Her most recent virtual reality film, Meeting a Monster, exploring the memories and motivations of former white supremacist Angela King, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It has also been shown at Cannes NEXT and the Sheffield Doc Fest. She recently received a master's degree in Visual Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a 2017 Knight Fellow with the Sundance Institute and chosen as a participant in the 2018 Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab. Gabriela Arp's website.
Haimy Assefa is an Emmy-nominated video journalist and documentary filmmaker at NBC News. Born and raised in Ethiopia until the age of nine, she speaks Amharic and English. Haimy has a background in breaking news reporting, broadcast, and digital video. As a filmmaker and video journalist, she produces, shoots, and edits cinematic stories about a wide range of issues both domestically in the U.S., as well as internationally. Based in New York City, she worked for CNN and Great Big Story before moving to NBC News as part of a new digital documentary unit called NBC Left Field. Haimy received a master’s degree in international affairs at The New School and has a bachelor's degree in sociology. Haimy Assefa's work.
Josh Davis is a journalist and educator who has led ambitious documentary and interactive projects for Vice News, The New York Times, NPR and MediaStorm. For the last two years, he worked as a producer at Vice News Tonight on HBO, where he produced the Peabody Award-winning documentary, Charlottesville: Race and Terror. At NPR, Josh directed the groundbreaking interactive documentary, Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt—a project that won an Emmy and a du-Pont. Josh has taught as an adjunct journalism professor at NYU, Columbia, CUNY and The New School. This fall, he will join the journalism faculty at San Francisco State University. Josh Davis' website.