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. They recognize individuals who contribute to the profession in a myriad of ways. They honor people who elevate photojournalism, photojournalists who have reached outstanding technical achievements, leaders who advance NPPA goals, people who fight for First Amendment freedoms, and educators who inspire.
NPPA’s immediate past president Melissa Lyttle serves as the chair of the Honors & Recognition Committee, the group that puts out an annual call for nominations and determines each year’s honorees. To read about the awards and nominate someone, please click here. To submit a nomination via the official form, click here.
The deadline for nominations is November 10, 2019.
Award recipients will be honored at the Northern Short Course Awards & NPPA Honors Reception on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Fairfax, Va.