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Joe Marquette Memorial Planned for January 28

Joe Marquette. Photo by Wilfred Lee

A memorial service for Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Joe Marquette will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada Street, NW in Washington, DC., just off Chevy Chase Circle.

There will be a reception with remembrances from friends the same day from 4 to to 6 p.m. at the home of Madlyn and Joe McPherson, 1119 Woodside Parkway, Silver Spring, MD. All are welcome. For those wishing to attend reception, please RSVP to Carol Giacomo, [email protected], so they can plan food and drink.

Marquette died at home home in Tulsa, OK, on November 5, 2016 after a series of lengthy illnesses. He was 79. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 as part of a photo team from the Associated Press for their coverage of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He is also known for an iconic photo of Washington Redskins running back John Riggins from the 1984 Super Bowl.

For much of his career, Marquette was based in Washington, DC. In addition to the Associated Press, he worked for United Press International, Reuters, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the European Press Agency.

Read more about his career here.



Best of Photojournalism Contests Open for Entries

The Best of Photojournalism competition sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association is open for entries for work produced in 2016. There are four divisions in the competition, covering a range of visual journalism.

Best of Photojournalism 2017 for still photography is open to professional photographers, editors and online photojournalists, and there is no entry fee. All entries must have been taken or initially published between January 1st and December 31st, 2016. Photographers do not need to be members of NPPA to enter.

The entry period begins Jan 3rd, 2017 and runs through 3 pm EST Feb 3rd 2017. Entry rules and instructions for the still photos competition are here

Best of Photojournalism Video contest is also open. For this year’s video contest there is no advance registration. Simply review the entry information and categories. Once you are ready to submit click the 'Enter Now' links for either the video photography or video editing divisions. Entries will be accepted beginning January 3rd, 2017, and must be received by 11:59pm CST on January 27th, 2017. Entry rules and instructions for the video contest are here

Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing contest recognizes the individuals and publications that practice and promote great photojournalism through great picture editing. Deadline February 3rd, 2017 3pm EST. Entry rules and instructions for the picture editing contest are here

Best of Photojournalism Multimedia contest recognizes the best visual journalism being produced online or for mobile delivery. The multimedia contest will judge entries from their live URL submitted at the time of entry. If the URL is not given, or the link is not functioning properly at the time of judging, the entry will be disqualified. Deadline February 3rd, 2017 3pm EST. Entry rules and instructions for the multimedia contest are here



NPPA, Cato Institute File SCOTUS Brief on Rights to Record Police Activity

(Athens, GA) A “friend of the court” brief has been filed in support of a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the rights of a photographer who was arrested while recording the activities of police officers.

Submitted by the National Press Photographers Association, The Cato Institute and five other media organizations, the amicus brief asks the court to consider the case of Antonio Buehler, a photographer who was arrested in Austin, TX for recording an officers conducting a DUI stop in 2012.

Buehler was eventually acquitted of the charges, after which he filed a lawsuit against the Austin Police Department, suing them on grounds of violating his civil rights. The NPPA filed an amicus brief in support of his case in 2014.

The trial court refused to dismiss the case on qualified immunity grounds, finding instead that that not only is there a constitutional right to document police officers, but that the right was clearly established at the time of the arrest. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane held that “the First Amendment protects the right to videotape police officers in the performance of their official duties, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.”

Continuing, the judge wrote, “if a person has the right to assemble in a public place, receive information on a matter of public concern, and make a record of that information for the purpose of disseminating that information, the ability to make photographic or video recording of that information is simply not a new or a revolutionary expansion of a historical right. Instead the photographic or video recording of public information is only a more modern and efficient method of exercising a clearly established right.”

In its subsequent motion for summary judgment, the Austin Police Department argued that they should not be held liable in the civil case because Buehler had been indicted by a grand jury, and that indictment was enough to prove probably cause for his arrest. A federal court agreed, granting the motion and dismissing the case and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed that ruling.

Buehler’s petition to the Supreme Court argues that not only was he never found guilty of any crime, he was never given the opportunity to prove lack of probable cause for his arrest. It further asserts that because the grand jury relied on testimony from the arresting officer, and since those proceedings are closed, Buehler did not know what was said, and could not have defended himself against the accusations.

The brief filed by Cato and the NPPA and joined by First Look Media Works, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. urges the Supreme Court to consider if Buehler’s arrest, on its face, was a retaliation for his exercise of First Amendment protected activity. And, that the court should consider the First Amendment implications more deeply than the lower courts have. 

From the brief, amici counsel assert:

“This case is of national importance because this is but one example of an epidemic of harassment, interference and arrests by police of citizens and journalists for merely recording matters of public concern. If people are precluded from the opportunity to dispute the facts underlying grand jury indictments, police will have free reign to continue these chilling abridgments under color of law."

Read the full legal brief here.



Randy Cox Memorial Fund to Support the Kalish Picture Editing Workshop

Randy Cox, a talented picture editor, photographer, designer and visuals educator known as much for his passion for photojournalism as his generous spirit, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Portland, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, we are honoring Randy by establishing the Randy Cox Memorial Fund for the continued success and operation of The Kalish visual editing workshop, which is overseen by the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF). You can contribute at this link.

It was a personal mission for Randy to use his visuals skills to make the next generation of journalists better. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Randy’s energy and a charisma easily convinced friends, family and colleagues to join him in whatever caper he might dream up. A gifted picture editor and designer and an evangelist for documentary photography, he selflessly shared his knowledge with others. He was on the faculty of the Missouri Photojournalism Workshop more than a dozen times. He served on the faculty of The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop and on its advisory board since 1993. He also served on the faculty of the Electronic Photojournalism Workshop for nine years, and on numerous other workshops and professional development programs, including for the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of News Design. During his career, he was recognized many times by NPPA for his service.

Paul Randolph Cox was born on Feb. 24, 1953, in Athens, Texas, to Paul Warren Cox and Ida Kathleen Cox. He was an active Cub and Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the God and Country religious award, and membership in the Order of the Arrow. He attended primary schools in Texas, Kansas and Missouri, and graduated from Topeka West High School in 1971. Randy attended Washburn University in Topeka before transferring to the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia to study photojournalism. He received his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1975. While at Mizzou, Randy met the love of his life, Joan Lucille Carlin, also a journalism student. Randy and Joany married on May 27, 1978, in Springfield, Missouri.

Randy began his 38-year newspaper career as a photographer at the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He then became photo editor at The Coffeyville (Kan.) Journal, followed by editing positions in Allentown, Pa., at The Morning Call and at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, where he served as assistant managing editor. He worked as a consultant to various newspapers and served for a year as a professional-in-residence at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno. He worked as a designer at The Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune before joining The Oregonian in Portland in 1997 where Randy directed photography and visual presentation for about 16 years. After leaving there, Randy became the visuals communications coordinator for the Multnomah County Communications Office.

Students and professionals sought him out for his coaching and mentorship. He always remained humble and approachable. Those he met as students became life-long friends and colleagues.

Randy was an avid reader, collector and traveler. He had an abiding interest in digital technology and was a staunch Apple devotee. No iteration of a new Apple product escaped his interest (or purchase), and it was not beyond him to pay someone to stand in line for the newest smartphone. Randy was always a loyal friend and confidant, willing to set aside his own concerns and listen to those of others. He was generous and universally recognized as helping those he touched improve their lives. He had a sharp wit and a brilliant, often self-deprecating sense of humor. He also possessed a fierce inner strength that saw him through many challenges of almost seven years of living with kidney cancer. It allowed him to live an active and engaged life until his final days.

Randy is survived by his beloved wife Joany, his brother Brian Cox, of Topeka, brother-in-law Joe Carlin of Salt Lake City, and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of the life of Paul Randy Cox will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at The Evergreen Community (formerly the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst), 935 N.E. 33rd, Portland.

A memorial and graveside service will be on Jan. 21, 2017 at Selmore Cemetery in Ozark, Mo. Details are pending.



Donald Winslow Retires as News Photographer Editor

Don Winslow, NPPA Executive Editor

ATHENS, GA (December 30, 2016) – Donald R. Winslow, the executive editor of News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association since May 2003, announced his retirement from the magazine’s masthead today.

“It’s been an incredible 13 years but it is time for me to move on,” Winslow said from the Texas Panhandle where he’s now the managing editor of the daily newspaper of Amarillo, the Amarillo Globe-News.

“For more than a decade I’ve had the best job in photojournalism and it’s been an extreme honor to report on the best work being done by the most dedicated photojournalists in the world, whether they were NPPA members or not,” Winslow said.

“The organization had both the grace and the good sense to let the magazine be about photojournalism, in all of its forms and in all of its places around the world, and they didn’t limit the magazine to being a ‘trade publication’ about just NPPA,” he said.

Winslow, an NPPA Life Member, took over the helm of the magazine following the retirement of the legendary Jim Gordon in 2003. Winslow continued to raise the bar of excellence of the magazine both in design and content.

Seth Gitner, an associate professor at Syracuse University, writes the magazine’s monthly column “Multimedia Moments” and has had Winslow as his editor.

“Even though I wrote about multimedia and video, he was always able to make that content look beautiful from issue to issue,” Gitner said. “I'll miss Don's monthly emails asking for my column topic and when it would be ready.”

News Photographer Executive Editor Don Winlsow with his predecessor, Jim Gordon, looking over the first edition of the magazine edited by Winslow in 2003. Photo by Sean D. Elliot. 


NPPA president Melissa Lyttle has read News Photographer since joining the organization as a college student.

"In the last decade the quality of storytelling, images, and issue reporting has only deepened under Donald's relationships with and knowledge of the key players." Lyttle said.

"Last year, when I was elected President, it was Donald's guidance and wealth of institutional knowledge on the organization that I sought out immediately. He will definitely be missed,” she said.

Along with redesigning the magazine in 2003 shortly after becoming editor, Winslow led News Photographer through the digital revolution and helped develop the magazine’s web presence on the organization’s website,

Winslow’s career spans four decades, from daily newspapers in Indiana at the Wabash Plain Dealer and The Republic in Columbus, to the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, The Pittsburgh Press, The Palm Beach Post, and Reuters in Washington, DC, where he was a senior photographer and editor covering the White House, Capitol Hill, and major league sports.

Winslow briefly left print journalism in 1995 to explore technology startups in San Francisco at Rick Smolan’s “24 Hours in Cyberspace” and then the launch of at CNET Networks, where for almost seven years he was the director of photography for a growing CNET family of websites and television shows. He returned to print journalism in 2003 as editor of News Photographer. In March of 2016, Winslow decided to return to newspapers when he accepted an offer from the Amarillo Globe-News and AGN Media to be the daily newspaper’s managing editor.

NPPA Executive Director Akili Ramsess joined the organization this year and said that she is grateful she’s been able to work with Winslow, however briefly.

“Through News Photographer, he amplified the voice of photojournalists the world over and his contributions to our industry are incalculable,” she said. “Although he will no longer be with us in a full-time capacity, we look forward to his continued contributions as Editor Emeritus. On behalf of the NPPA Board of Directors we wish Donald good luck and Godspeed.”

NPPA Assistant Editor Tom Burton will step up to be Interim Editor as the NPPA looks to the future, Ramsess said. NPPA’s website is presently undergoing a major redesign of both the membership site and the digital version of the magazine, and NPPA will continue to be the source for photojournalism industry news.



NPPA Board To Meet February 4, 2017

ATHENS, GA (December 26, 2016) – The board of directors for the National Press Photographers Association will hold its open annual meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, from Friday, February 3, 2017, through Sunday, February 5, 2017.

The board expects to meet all day on Saturday and through much of Sunday.

NPPA members seeking changes to the organization's bylaws, policies and procedures, programs or activities are welcome to submit resolutions to the board for consideration via NPPA national secretary Seth Gitner at [email protected]

Submissions must be received no later than January 20, 2017. Members may also send Gitner their nominations for the national offices of president, vice president, and secretary until the time of election on Sunday, February 5, 2017.


Alexia Grant Competition Call For Entries

Children play cricket in the Lolab Valley (Fall 2013). Nathaniel Brunt/Alexia Foundation
Children play cricket in the Lolab Valley (Fall 2013). Nathaniel Brunt/Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announced its 2017 Alexia Grant Competition Call for Entries. We will begin accepting applications for our Professional and Student Grants on Jan. 2, 2017.

The Alexia recognizes photographic bodies of work that may elevate understanding of the human condition, give light to what is not right and celebrate the best of humanity’s spirit.

Deadlines for submissions are:

Professional Grant – Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time

Student Grants – Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time.

The Professional Winner will receive a $20,000 grant to assist in the production of the proposed project.

The First Place Student Winner will receive tuition for one semester at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, NY. As the visual program at Newhouse has continued to grow, we found it better to offer a richer student experience in Syracuse instead of at the SU London program which was the traditional location.

The recipient of the First Place Student Grant may enroll in 9 to 12 credit hours of courses. It does not need to be part of a degree seeking sequence. We think of it as an opportunity to uniquely expand your story telling capabilities.

The First Place Student Winner will also receive a $1000 cash grant to help produce the proposed body of work and $500 will be awarded to the student’s academic department.

Up to four (4) Award of Excellence Winners will be named, at the judges’ discretion. Award of Excellence winners will receive $1500 that may be applied toward tuition at Syracuse University or they may choose to attend one of the following workshops: a MediaStorm one-day workshop, a Momenta Photo Workshop or a Kalish Workshop, which is provided by The Gilka Grant.

Award of Excellence Winners will also receive a $500 cash grant to help produce her or his proposed picture story or multimedia project.

Judging will take place March 24 and 25, 2017 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Winners will be announced on or around April 8, 2017.

The Alexia Foundation, for more than 25 years, has helped visual storytellers give voice to those who go unheard, foster understanding and expose social injustice.

For more information see


NPPA, Copyright Community Need Your Help Selecting the Next Register of Copyrights

By Mickey Osterreicher

As we hope most of you are aware, last month the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, took the unusual step of “reassigning” Maria Pallante from her position as Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office. Not unexpectedly, Ms. Pallante resigned almost immediately after being locked out of her office and denied computer access.

We have worked closely with Ms. Pallante and her staff for almost six years on copyright law, upholding copyright principles and helping find ways to modernize the Copyright Office.

A number of Congressional Committee Members with oversight of the Library and the Copyright Office expressed their displeasure at this turn of events and urged the Librarian to work with them in selecting the next Register. Instead Dr. Hayden chose to create a Survey Monkey poll, the results of which will be used to help “inform development of the knowledge, skills and abilities” she is allegedly looking for in the next Register.

Many visual arts groups and small creators believe this is a thinly-veiled attempt to allow those seeking to weaken copyright protection to unduly influence the selection process by skewing the criteria in their favor.

We have seen this happen before with the demonization of proposed copyright protection bills, which were ultimately defeated by those with a mob mentality of entitlement to our work without permission, credit or compensation.

Therefore, we urge you to take the survey ASAP, but in any event before the January 31, 2017 deadline.

Below we have provided some model responses to the questions. Rest assured that there will be tens, if not hundreds of thousands of responses by those favoring a Register who is far less understanding of, or sympathetic to, our rights. If we have any chance of success in keeping copyright protection strong you must participate and make your voices heard! We also ask that you encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

Thank you.

NPPA Model Responses to the Librarian of Congress’ Register of Copyrights Survey

1. What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities you believe are the most important for the Register of Copyrights?

The next Register of Copyrights must:      

  • Be dedicated to both a robust copyright system and Copyright Office.
  • Recognize the important role that creators of copyrighted works play in promoting our nation’s financial well-being.
  • Have significant experience in, and a strong commitment to, the copyright law.
  • Have a substantial background in representing the interests of creators of copyright works.
  • Possess a deep appreciation for the special challenges facing individual creators and small businesses in protecting their creative works.
  • Possess a keen understanding of, and a strong commitment to, preserving the longstanding and statutorily-based functions of the Copyright Office, especially its advising the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on domestic and international copyright issues.
  • Have the solid support of the copyright community.

2. What should be the top three priorities for the Register of Copyrights?

  1. Continue the traditional and critical role of the Register as a forceful advocate for both a vibrant copyright system and a strong Copyright Office that works closely with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in promoting a strong and effective copyright law. 
  2. A commitment to moving quickly to modernize the Copyright Office with a special focus on updating and making more affordable and simpler the registration and recordation processes.
  3. Working with Congress to achieve enactment of legislation creating a small claims process that finally provides individual creators with a viable means of protecting their creative efforts.

 3. Are there other factors that should be considered?

As a creative, I believe, to the extent possible, that the views of those whose works are protected by copyright law should be given greater weight in this survey than those who are not. It is also crucial that the views of the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, be given great deference in the selection of the next Register.

The survey can be found at


WHNPA Student Contest Deadline is Feb. 1

Photo by Alex Wroblewski, 2016 WHNPA Student POY

The deadline is nearing for students to enter the 2017 White House News Photographers Association Student ‘Eyes of History’ contest. Entries are due Feb. 1, 2017.

There are awards for both still and video categories. Only full-time students are eligible to enter.

For the still photography competition, work from any year is eligible, as long as the entrant was enrolled as a student. At least one photo story is recommended in the portfolio.

For video entries, the work has to be created or published in 2016. There are five categories, including Student Video Photography of the Year.

The entry fee is $25 for one portfolio in the still competition. In the video category, a $25 fee allows for up to two categories. Each additional category is $15 per student. 

For more information on rules and entering, visit the WHPA site here.