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 Division.
Entries can be submitted until 5pm EST, January 31. Register to enter 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.
J. David Ake is the Director of Photography for the Associated Press. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of Bureau for Visual Journalism in The AP’s Washington bureau where he directed photo coverage of several high profile beats, including the White House, Capitol Hill, The Pentagon and State Department. He also led national political coverage which included multiple presidential campaigns.
Ake joined the Associated Press in October of 1997 as the Picture Editor in charge of the AP’s Chicago bureau, he directed coverage of numerous national stories including the Columbine school massacre and 2000 Presidential recount.
During his years at AFP, Reuters and UPI, Ake covered the White House documenting the presidencies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He captured the destruction of Florida’s Hurricane Andrew, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Ake followed every mile of Bob Dole’s race for the White House in 1996.
His sports credits include eight Olympics, more than 20 Super Bowls, six World Series, eight NBA Championships, five Masters Golf Tournaments, the Indianapolis 500, the NCAA Final Four, World Cup Soccer, World Cup skiing and many more. J. David Ake's website.
For 34 years, Yunghi Kim has covered some of the biggest global news events of her time. She is proudest, though, of her documentation of South Korean Comfort Women, young women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during its occupation of Korea during World War II. The project, photographed in 1996, was part of a portfolio that earned her POY/NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year.
Kim started her photojournalism career at The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1984. She became a staff photographer for the Boston Globe in 1987 where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Somalia in 1992 — a reporting trip that culminated with her being held hostage by a rebel commander. She was a member of Contact Press Images from 1995 to 2008 where she remains a special contributor.
Her professional accolades include numerous World Press Photo Awards, BOP, POYi awards including the Magazine Photographer of the Year by POYi, The Olivier Rebbot and The John Faber Awards from the Overseas Press Club, Visa D’Or for News from the Visa Pour L’image Festival in France, The White House Press Photographers, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. She was a 2012 recipient of the United Nations' Leadership Award in the field of photography by The International Photographic Council. Kim has been on the faculty of the World Press Photo, the Eddie Adams and the Missouri Photo workshops. She has also worked on extensive magazine commissioned assignments from Fortune to TIME.
In 2015, Kim self-funded and began the annual Yunghi Grant, formed to “pay it forward” and to bring awareness to the importance of copyrighting and better protecting one’s work. The grants help freelance photojournalists in need or allows others to finish personal projects. Proceeds for the grant were constituted from copyright claim settlements from unauthorized use of her photographs. For this effort, she was named the 2016 recipient of NPPA’s The Clifton Edom Award that recognized an “individual who inspire and motivate members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights.” In 2018, Yunghi grant awarded $13,000 in grants to photojournalists. Yunghi Kim's website.
Michael McCarter is the Executive Editor of the Evansville (IN) Courier & Press with additional regional management of the Henderson (KY) Gleaner, The Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier, The Richmond (IN) Pal-Item and the Muncie (IN) Star Press.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, McCarter took an unconventional path into journalism. As a pre-med student at Southern Miss, he was simply looking to fill out his schedule and enrolled in a photography class.
The class turned out to be his introduction to photojournalism and eventually, he earned a photo internship at the Pensacola (Florida) News Journal.
McCarter officially began his career as a photographer at The Shreveport (Louisiana) Times while pursuing his master's in psychology at Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
In 1998, he moved on to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution where he served as photo editor. At the AJC, he oversaw photo coverage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a 22-part series on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a special section commemorating the life and death of Coretta Scott King.
McCarter joined the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2007 as director of photography and served as the Enquirer's senior news director.
Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American photographer, journalist, and printmaker based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md.
Born in Sweden but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium and later the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at The George Washington University and photography at the Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris.
Gabriella has been recognized by The White House News Photographers Association, American Photography, The Society of Professional Journalists, Politico Playbook's Power List and Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Gabriella was named a finalist for the Inge Morath award from the Magnum Foundation and Emerging Talent at Getty Reportage. She was recently named one of PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers of 2018. Gabriella Demczuk's website.
Alyssa Schukar is a Chicago-based photographer, writer and teacher as well as a frequent contributor to the New York Times. In her personal work, she focuses on how public policies -- especially those related to the environment -- affect communities.
Schukar spent the first five years of her career on staff at a newspaper in the Great Plains where she developed as a documentary and portrait photographer. She also spent two months reporting daily during a military embed in Afghanistan. Alyssa Schukar's website.