January 10, 2022 - Nominations for NPPA's Annual Honors and Recognition awards will be accepted via an online nominations form through Feb. 14, 2022. The honorees will be chosen and awarded in the first quarter of 2022.
Past President Andrew Stanfill reports that a task force, helmed by former president Michael P. King, explored a reorganization of the annual honors and recognition program has submitted its final report. The report is being reviewed by the Board of Directors, and is available to the public. At the annual winter board meeting on Jan. 22, 2022, Stanfill will introduce a resolution to adopt the task force’s recommendations for the next awards cycle.
“I’m so thankful for the many hours that Michael and the team put into finding a fresh, new vision for the awards. I’m confident that it will increase member participation and engagement with our awards program, which will help to ensure that the nominations we receive each year are abundant, top-notch, and represent the great diversity of people, media and approaches within our industry,” Stanfill said.
Since 1949, the National Press Photographers Association has recognized individuals annually for their special contributions to the NPPA and the field of visual journalism. These honorees have elevated the craft through their work, shown humanity and selflessness, made outstanding technical and storytelling achievements, educated and inspired, advanced the NPPA’s goals, and fought for First Amendment freedoms.
The awards renaming task force was convened to examine ways to better reflect the contributions of women and people of color in the names of the annual awards. In the process, they found agreement with others’ assessments that there is a lack of representation in the award names of individuals of color, varying sex and gender identities, and varying photojournalism disciplines. The group solicited and received member input last year and deliberated before submitting a thorough report of their recommendations. They found the best path forward was to clearly name the awards for their purposes and values rather than for distinguished individuals. The task force also recommends that the NPPA expand the historical resources available on its website and make the nominations process available year-round to enable more immediacy to nominate deserving colleagues.
Members can nominate individuals for this year’s honors through Feb. 14, 2022. To submit a nomination via the official form, click here. To read about the individual awards, click here.
The Honors and Awards Committee, chaired by immediate past president Andrew Stanfill, evaluates and selects nominees. Direct questions/concerns to [email protected].