July 8, 2020
Best of Photojournalism Chair William Snyder notified the National Press Photographers Association’s executive committee that he has chosen to step down as chair of the organization’s Best of Photojournalism contest, citing a variety of personal and professional factors including increased responsibilities in his new position as Interim Director of the Advertising Photography Program as well as a professor teaching in the Photojournalism Program at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Snyder, pictured, directed BOP for two years, guiding the transition of its administration and judging to the University of Georgia from Ohio University and Michigan State. He played a key role behind the scenes and in public, including developing a sponsoring partnership with Sony that has helped the growth of the National Press Photographers Association significantly.
“We have done a lot in the last two years and it is my hope that the contest continues to move forward and exceeds what we’ve already accomplished,” Snyder said. “It has been my pleasure to serve in this capacity and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the NPPA and the photojournalism community that Michael P. King gave me two years ago.”
“William was the right person for the job at the right time,” Michael P. King, NPPA past president, said. “I trusted him to build a great team and lead with a clear vision for this new chapter for the BOP contests in a new home. I’m very proud of what we accomplished together over the past two years, and he’s very deserving of our appreciation for countless hours of hard work to make that vision a reality.”
“I can’t thank William enough for his leadership on the contest the last two years,” Andrew Stanfill, NPPA president, said. “William is a pillar in the photojournalism industry, and his shoes will be hard to fill.”
The 2020 judging was held over one weekend in February at Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Twenty-two judges spread over five divisions concurrently judged thousands of entries in over 100 categories for still photojournalism, video photojournalism, video editing, picture editing and online video, presentation and innovation.
The NPPA will hold its annual summer board meeting on July 19 (via Zoom) and has started working with the BOP Committee to identify a new BOP chair.
The NPPA Board of Directors