In 2020, NPPA awarded its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to Maggie Steber, left, and Karen Mullarkey for their commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession.
Dec. 29, 2020
Members are reminded that nominations for NPPA's Annual Awards honorees will be accepted through December 31 via an online nominations form. Questions or concerns can be sent to Past President Michael King at [email protected].
King also reports that the awards renaming committee, examining ways to recognize the contributions of more women and people of color through the names of the annual awards, has requested additional input from members, and that will be accepted until January 31, 2021. Input and ideas may be provided via email: [email protected].
"The group was unanimous in feeling that doing this right — with careful consideration and lots of member input — is more important than completing the task by this spring," said King. "We do hope to complete this review and provide the Board with our recommendations in 2021, though, with 2022 likely being the first year with some new award names in place."
Dec. 10, 2020
We are extending the nomination deadline for the 2021 NPPA annual awards to Dec. 31. Please submit nominations via the official form, click here. To read about the individual awards, click here. The awardees will be chosen and awarded in the first quarter of 2021.
Nov. 30, 2020
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.
Individuals may be nominated for these honors through December 11, 2020. To submit a nomination via the official form, click here. To read about the individual awards, click here.
Nominees are evaluated and selected by the Honors and Awards Committee which is chaired by the Immediate Past President, Michael P. King. Questions may be directed to [email protected].
Award recipients will be honored at a virtual event in 2021.
“As we approach Thanksgiving, this is a perfect time to think about the people who have made such an impact on our lives and careers,” King said recently. “Nominating them to be among the few that NPPA lifts up as examples of what is great about the visual journalism community — that’s a great way to practice thanksgiving.”
The following is a letter to NPPA members by Past President Michael P. King:
For decades, NPPA has used its annual awards as a way of recognizing the myriad ways people raise the bar in our profession, help build our community, and expand the reach of the NPPA and its mission: to promote visual journalism. It’s a tradition with a long history and a lot of excellence. That will not change.
But our awards are also a reflection of our values. And it’s imperative that we reflect on our value of inclusion, and consider who has been excluded.
Only one of NPPA’s 16 awards is named for a woman. None of the awards is named for Black, Indigenous or other storytellers of color. None is named for photographers who work in video. The time is long overdue to correct our course and bring this part of our tradition into alignment with our values, recognizing the breadth of people who have made visual journalism great.
I thank photojournalist Yunghi Kim for starting this conversation with NPPA leadership last year and insisting we do something about it. And I thank my predecessor, Melissa Lyttle, for “moving the ball forward” on this initiative a great deal.
Today, I’m announcing the formation of a small task force to listen to your input, make careful considerations and deliver a revised slate of named awards to our Board of Directors for final approval by the time the board meets this winter. This means that when the awards we’re accepting nominations for today are awarded in 2021, several may have new names.
I’ve brought together a great group — Gina Gayle, Brett Akagi, Jose Lopez, Elizabeth Krist and David Barreda — to make these decisions collaboratively, and several others are advising me in less formal roles.
We welcome your input. Who do you think should have an award named after them? Send those thoughts to me in an email by December 4, 2020, to: [email protected]
Thanks for your support of NPPA. Stay safe and healthy. Together, let’s commit to doing everything we can to make our association a supportive and inspiring community for every visual journalist.
Michael P. King
NPPA Past President
Chair, Honors and Awards Committee