WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 8, 2014) – A one-day meeting of the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association kicked off this morning, the first event in this weekend's "Best Of Photojournalism Awards Show & Education Festival" a line-up of educational events combined with a celebration of photojournalism and NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest winners.
Presented and hosted by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, the Awards Show & Festival is free and open to the public. The first day features a celebration of some of the winning photojournalism, and the second day focuses on education.
The public part of the celebration opens later today at 5:00 p.m. EDT with the 2014 Best Of Photojournalism winners' exhibition at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre's museum at 415 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. And then the Awards Show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Pavilion and Terrace with the premiere of the movie "A Thousand Pictures Tell A Thousand Stories," showing every winner. During the film there will be interludes so that some of the 2014 contest's premiere winners can come forward to share their experience in making the images.
On Saturday, there will be a full day of educational events and panel discussions which will be followed by an evening of community. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday the "Best In Show" Buffet Breakfast will be hosted at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum and sponsored by Hays Affinity.
The Education Day events will take place on Saturday at the City Hall Chambers beginning at 10 a.m. The first session, called "Illuminate," features speakers Sean Proctor of the Midland (MI) Daily News, the NPPA Small Markets Photojournalist of the Year; Niko Koppel of The New York Times, the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year; Joshua Maranhas of KDVR/KWGN-TV in Denver, the Video Editor of the Year; and Tom Rapp of KCCI-TV in Des Moines, the Small Market Television Station of the Year. The panel will be moderated by veteran photography editor James Colton, editor-at-large, ThePicturesOftheDay.com.
The second session is called "Enlighten" and it features Chang W. Lee of The New York Times, winner of Best Use of Multimedia for "The Jockey"; Nicole Fruge of the San Francisco Chronicle, a member of the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year (Team) winners; James Gehrz, from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, winner of this year's Cliff Edom "New America Award"; and Aaron Kurtz of WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, VA, a member of the Medium Market Television Station of the Year staff. Again the panel will be moderated by Colton.
The third session is called "Change" and it includes Andy Buck, Michael Driver, Enrico Meyer, and Corky Scholl, television photojournalists from KUSA-TV in Denver, winners of the Large Market Television Station of the Year honor. The panel will be moderated by Bethany Swain, a photojournalist and multimedia producer for the University of Maryland.
Following free time for lunch, the Saturday afternoon session kicks off at 3:15 p.m. with Al Diaz of The Miami Herald, and Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV in Minneapolis, with their program called "Bringing The Story Home."
The fifth session is a panel titled "Inspire," features Patrick Smith, the Sports Photojournalist of the Year; Scott Mc Kiernan of ZReportage.com, a vision of ZUMA Press, a BOP winner for Best Use Of Photography in Magazines and Digital Publications; and John Tlumacki of The Boston Globe, the NPPA Large Markets Photojournalist of the Year. Again the panel will be moderated by Colton.
Following a dinner buffet on the second floor of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre's studio, the evening program begins at 8 p.m. and is a "State Of The Industry" Town Hall meeting. The event is planned as an open discussion on industry trends, challenges, and issues, accompanied by refreshments. NPPA's board of directors will led the discussion, including NPPA president Mark Dolan; immediate past president Mike Borland; NPPA national secretary Michael King; NPPA treasurer Jim Michalowski; board member John R. Fulton Jr.; and NPPA student representative to the board Nick Gonzales. Also participating in the discussion are board members Amy Kinsella Gruber, John Harrington, Melissa Lyttle, Brad Pfranger, Katie Schoolov, Greg Smith, Bethany Swain, and NPPA regional chair representative Merry Murry. NPPA vice president Scott Mc Kiernan, who is also the BoP'14 Events Chair, will moderate the discussion.
The event is being held in conjunction with NPPA's board of directors meeting as well as the board of the National Press Photographers Foundation. Time permitting, the two Boards may hold a joint session, NPPA national secretary Michael P. King said.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Awards Show & Education Festival is sponsored by the Palm Beach Photographic Center, Think Tank Photo, Hays Affinity, Zeus Solutions, Peak Designs, and DOUBLEtruck magazine.