Nominate A Peer For NPPA’s Awards, Recognition

DURHAM, NC (August 27, 2013) – Since the inaugural Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award was given by the National Press Photographers Association in 1949, the organization has annually recognized individuals for their special contributions to both the NPPA and the wider field of visual journalism. 

These awards represent NPPA’s efforts to honor those whose efforts make our profession stronger, build our communities, and expand the reach of NPPA in its mission to promote visual journalism and journalists. 

 NPPA’s immediate past president serves as the chairman of the Honors & Recognition Committee, the group that puts out an annual call for nominations and determines each year’s honorees. This year the committee chairman is Sean D. Elliot. 

“Every year we look for those whose efforts deserve the recognition that a national organization like NPPA can give them,” Elliot said today. “

There are countless members of our profession who give of themselves for the betterment of individuals and collectively for the field, who deserve to be held up for their work,” Elliot said. “It is my hope that everyone out there will look at what’s been done in the past year and think of someone they know who deserves to be honored.”

NPPA has 17 different awards covering wide aspects of our profession – including editors, educators, business leaders and non-photographers.

It’s simple and easy to nominate someone for NPPA’s awards. An online nomination form is on the NPPA Web site’s Honors & Recognitions page. 

“It’s my hope that everyone in the profession will take the time to look at NPPA’s awards, look at the past winners, and consider making a nomination,” Elliot said. “Fill out the online form and just make sure that we know why you think this person deserves recognition. While we’re always looking for people who haven’t been honored in the past, what we really want to make sure we do is to recognize those whose efforts have given us all a sense of pride in our profession.”

Nominations must be received by a deadline of November 15, 2013. 

Last year, Dennis Dimick of National Geographic and Charles W. “Chick” Harrity were honored with the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, and William Auth received the Joseph Costa Award. The Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award went to Colin Crawford of the Los Angeles Times, and Brian Storm of MediaStorm was the recipient of the Clifton C. Edom Award. [Read about 2012's honors]

The winners will be honored on March 15, 2014, during an awards reception at the Northern Short Course in Warwick, RI. Details about the Northern Short Course can be found online at