The National Press Photographers Association is pleased to announce the selection of Dudley Brooks as the new chair of the Best of Photojournalism, the association’s premier contest sponsored by SONY with divisions in still photography; video and video editing; picture editing; and online video, innovation and presentation. Brooks, an award-winning photographer and photo editor, is deputy director of photography at The Washington Post, where he manages the creative strategy and production of the visual content for the features and sports sections. He is also the photo editor for The Washington Post Magazine.
“I’ve watched the Best of Photojournalism contest progress since its inception and have always been impressed by the quality of the work submitted for it,” Brooks said. “To be the chair is a great honor and I look forward to helping guide its continued significance and growth.”
Brooks brings a wealth of experience to NPPA’s efforts to continuously raise the quality and profile of BOP. Before his current role at The Washington Post, Brooks was director of photography and senior editor for the monthly magazine Ebony and its weekly sister periodical Jet, published by Johnson Publishing. He served as the assistant managing editor of photography at the The Baltimore Sun newspaper after 22 years as an award-winning staff photographer at The Washington Post.
“I’m excited to have Dudley join our team to be at the helm of this important contest,” said Andrew Stanfill, NPPA president. “I’m looking forward to the perspective he brings as someone who has worn many hats in the industry.”
Brooks will work with the individual division chairs to improve and streamline various categories and innovate for the 2020 contest, which will be judged in 2021.
“Having worked with Mr. Brooks when he was here as a judge, listening to his reasoned approach to evaluating entries and inquisitiveness about the process of the competition, I believe this will be an easy transition that will build upon the work that past chair William Snyder did over the last few years,” said Mark E. Johnson, administrative liaison with NPPA and BOP. Johnson is a senior lecturer in visual journalism and chief technology officer with the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia where BOP is hosted and the NPPA is headquartered.
“We welcome Dudley in his new role as he helps NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition continue to grow and adapt to current challenges,” said Akili Ramsess, NPPA executive director.
Information regarding the 2020 BOP competition will be announced in December.
NPPA members can look forward to the BOP special issue of News Photographer magazine in mid-November that will feature the 2019 contest results. Originally planned to be published as the May/June issue, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are grateful to SONY for sponsoring the publication of the BOP issue during our hiatus of printing. The issues we continue to publish are digital only and can be found online as interactive PDFs for members.