Athens, GA. - We are pleased to announce a handful of new chairs for the Clip Contests, who are already hard at work as the 2021 competitions get underway. May-Ying Lam takes the helm as the new National Clip Contest Chair, overseeing the organization and shared practices of all the monthly and quarterly contests. The head of each individual contest will be in charge of categories, judges and announcing winners. Meanwhile, after careful consideration and consulting with the current chair, we have decided to pause the Quarterly Picture Editing Contest due to lack of engagement in recent years.
As we welcome our new contest chairs, we want to thank our volunteers who are stepping away for their years of service leading each contest: Ryan Michalesko of the Student Quarterly Clip Contest, David Pickering of the TV Quarterly/Solo Video Contest, Ross Taylor of the Quarterly Multimedia Contest, and Josh Meltzer of the Quarterly Picture Editing Contest. Big thanks also go to Matt Gade for continuing to lead the Monthly Clip Contest. The NPPA board of directors is excited to see where the fresh line-up of contest chairs will take our competitions in 2021 and beyond.
May-Ying Lam is a freelance photojournalist based in Houston, Texas. She joined The Washington Post's online photo team in 2011 and later became a features and magazine photo editor. She is interested in how visual innovation can intersect with traditional photojournalism.
Natalie Taylor is a senior producer who has been with Blue Chalk Media since 2014. She built and led a team of producers, writers, editors and graphic designers to create more than 100 “explainer” videos for Pearson’s higher education digital platform. Natalie has also produced or directed projects for Discovery Education, TIME Magazine, Atlassian, Nike, and the August Wilson Red Door Project. A native of eastern North Carolina, Natalie studied zoology and worked in vaccine development before pursuing filmmaking. She was a Roy H. Park Fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Natalie enjoys being in the garden, reading, owning chickens, biking and rock climbing.
Natalie’s goals for the future of this contest:
“I’m excited to contribute to NPPA by helping facilitate this contest as yet another resource this great organization provides the journalism community. Initially, I’d like to expand the pool of judges and include people with diverse backgrounds and points of view who could offer fresh insights and inspiration for viewers and entrants alike. Ideally, we can provide ways for entrants to receive constructive feedback from the judges, even if they don’t place, as well as provide avenues for those who DO place to publicly deconstruct how they created their laudable work. The ultimate goal is education — I’d like this contest to become a showcase of stellar nonfiction multimedia work from around the country and a tool people can use to improve or inspire their own work, collectively pushing our field forward.
Ross Taylor, the previous chair, is leaving big shoes to fill, and I’m thankful for his support during this transition. Until recently, I wasn’t involved in NPPA because I thought it wasn’t for me. I’ve since realized the wealth of resources NPPA provides not only members but our industry as a whole, and that I certainly belong and can contribute. I’m thankful Josh, Ross, and Andrew brought me in! By extending our reach outside the organization, this contest shows people who don’t do stills or broadcast that this is a place where they can learn and grow.”
Contact Natalie at [email protected]
Jessie Cohen: I am an MMJ at WHAS in Louisville where I’ve been for almost two years. Prior to moving to Kentucky, I spent nearly two years as a weekend anchor/producer and weekday MMJ in Fargo, North Dakota. My love for storytelling and incorporating creativity into all kinds of stories grows every day. I owe the world to the NPPA for helping me get out of my creative ruts, continuing to keep me inspired and by having this contest, that’s given me some of the best advice and guidance that I’ve ever gotten.
As we start a new year of the contest, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be taking on the role as the NPPA’s new National Chair for the TV Quarterly Clip Contest and Solo Video Contest. After submitting quarter after quarter and judging alongside my co-workers, I have been eager to give back to the organization that has given me so much. This opportunity will allow me to continue the great work the chairs before me started, while also bringing fresh, innovative ideas to the contest.
David Pickering is a huge reason why the contest continues to grow. Since taking over the National Chair position in November of 2019, he has created both general and top regions for the Solo Video Contest. He also created the investigative category. Prior to this role, he was the certificate chair and has been entering pretty much his entire career. He deserves so much credit for juggling this role, being an incredible full-time photojournalist and being a dad to two young boys. While I couldn’t be more grateful that he will be with me every step of the way through this transition, handing off the torch will allow him to spend more time with his family.
The NPPA has held a special place in my heart for quite some time. While studying at the University of Maryland, I learned from many adjunct professors that were also full-time journalists at WBFF in Baltimore. I was spoiled with their presence along with visits from their extremely talented co-workers. These people, now mentors, engrained NPPA ideals, ethics and dedication into my work. Now I continually encourage those at my station to get involved. I am also the TV Chair for the Kentucky News Photographers Association, a state chapter of the NPPA. Continuing to learn while also getting more people involved and inspired by these organizations, is very important to me.
I am excited to bring a fresh perspective to the contest and work closely with the regional chairs. I want to be an asset to each and every one of you, continuing the work of making the contest the best it can be.
Contact Jessie at [email protected]
Noah Riffe is a freelance photographer and student studying photojournalism and political science at Penn State University. Riffe has been involved with the NPPA since his freshman year of college, restarting the student chapter at Penn State as well as attending BOP judging and Northern Short Course.
Contact Noah at [email protected]