NPPA seeks Best of Photojournalism contest chair
August 11, 2020
The National Press Photographers Association is seeking candidates to chair the Best of Photojournalism competition committee. This is a volunteer position that will work closely with five volunteer division heads and the University of Georgia’s representative.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be an active member of the National Press Photographers Association
- Have a deep understanding of, and respect for, the five divisions of the competition (Still Photojournalism, Video Photojournalism, Picture Editing, Video Editing and Online Video, Presentation and Innovation).
- Have a deep understanding of industry trends.
- Have strong communication and organizational skills.
- Be deadline oriented and able to ensure others meet deadlines.
- Be comfortable and confident in their ability to raise funds and other third-party support of the competition.
- Champion inclusion and diversity in all phases of the competition, working with division heads to assemble judging panels and speaker lineups consistent with NPPA’s inclusion policy and goals.
- Uphold the NPPA’s Code of Ethics, working with division heads and judges to apply it when evaluating entries.
- Have ideas for how to adjust categories and other parameters to breathe new life into the contest.
- Have ideas for new ways to broaden the pool of submissions across both still and video communities.
- This person will work with the magazine editor to coordinate deadlines, correct file sizes for magazine publication.
- This person will be responsible for contest social media and news releases; write releases and coordinate web postings with NPPA staff; arrange photos to be made of the judging process.
- Be a collaborative leader, and eager to recruit other volunteers to help with judging and join the committee.
The responsibilities of this position are distributed throughout the year. During summer months, the chair will work with the committee members to revise the categories and category descriptions. During the fall, the chair will work with the committee members to select first and final round judges and be the public face of the competition, working to increase the number of entries.
During the winter, the chair will assist with the administration of the competition, including being present during the final round judging in Athens, Georgia. (However, NPPA and UGA are actively planning for a virtual judging in early Spring 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.) The chair will also coordinate the release and delivery of awards, as well as an annual awards ceremony. The chair will work with NPPA’s board of directors to establish and adhere to a budget.
Technical administration of the competition submission and judging system is handled by the University of Georgia.
To apply, send a statement of interest to Akili Ramsess, executive director, at [email protected] by Monday, Sept. 14 (end of the day) for consideration.