Jabin Botsford Wins WHNPA Photographer of the Year

Feb 12, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump turns to talk to members of the press after a campaign event in Orlando, FL . Photo by Jabin Botsford, Washington Post

Jabin Botsford of the Washington Post has been announced as the Photographer of the Year in the White House News Photographers Association and Andrew Harnik won Political Photo of the Year in the 2017 Eyes of History contest judged at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

In winning Photographer of the Year, Bostford also won first place awards in news picture story, domestic and portfolio categories.

“Being singled out in this sea of DC photographers, all working at the highest caliber at the top of our field, is truly incredible,” Botsford said.

Harnik’s winning photo showed Hillary Clinton in front of the press gaggle on her campaign plane. One his mentors, Chris Usher, was a judge for the competition. National Press Photographers Association President Melissa Lyttle and NPPA board member Brad Smith were also judges.

"To have my work selected as the political photo of the year by my first real mentor (who was one of the judges this year) was a surreal experience,” Harnik said.

The top winners of the still, video, multimedia and student contests will be honored at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala on June 10, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. The black-tie event celebrates all the winning photojournalists and the President of the United States.

See the list of this year's winners at https://www.whnpa.org/contests/still-contest/2017-eyes-of-history-still-contest/

The White House News Photographers Association is a 96-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional photojournalists. The WHNPA aims to provide professional and educational outreach to its members and the community through scholarships, programming, an annual competition and a celebration of the industry at the annual “Eyes of History®” gala.