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2017 Best of Photojournalism, Multimedia Winners

"The Fine Line" by The New York Times is the winner of Best Use of Multimedia, the Judges' Award in the 2017 Best of Photojournalism

ATHENS, OH – The New York Times has won the Best Use of Multimedia in the 2017 NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest for their project “The Fine Line” which documents the skills of Olympic athletes. 

Kainaz Amaria, Rob Finch, and Juan Thomassie judged multimedia, the first category of the BOP at Ohio University. More categories will be judged in the coming days with more teams of judges.

The Fine Line is an interactive story that combines video interviews, slow-motion video and graphics to outline why an athlete like gymnast Simone Biles can do things that other athletes can’t do. The feature also won first place for Sports Multimedia Story. The New York Times won 10 awards overall in the competition, the most of any media outlet. The Washington Post won the Multimedia Portfolio Large Market (Team) category.

These are the winners in Multimedia in the 2017 Best of Photojournalism: 

Special Award: Best Use of Multimedia

The Fine Line, The New York Times; PRODUCED BY: Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Alicia DeSantis, Alexandra Garcia, Mika Gröndahl, Evan Grothjan, Taige Jensen, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Bedel Saget and Joe Ward; INTERVIEWS: Larry Buchanan, Leslye Davis, Juliet Macur, Bedel Saget and Joe Ward; VIDEO Editing: Alexandra Garcia, Taige Jensen and Meghean Felling; Footage: Larry Buchanan, Leslye Davis, Bedel Saget and Joe Ward; Color: Taige Jensen and Ben Laffin; GRAPHICS: Mika Gröndahl, Evan Grothjan, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas and Jeremy White; AUDIO: Taige Jensen and Michael Cordero; PHOTOGRAPHY: Photograph by Leslye Davis, Gregg Matthews; ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION: Wilson Andrews, Danny DeBelius, Alexandra Eaton and Grant Gold; 

News Multimedia Story

1. They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals, The New York Times; David Furst, International Picture Editor; Craig Allen, Photo Editor; Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Graphics/Multimedia Editor; Jeffrey Marcus, Digital Enterprise Editor; Sergio Peçanha, Graphics/Multimedia Editor; Jodi Rudoren, Deputy International Editor 

2. A Weekend of Violence in Chicago, The New York Times; Monica Davey, Reporter; Mary Ann Giordano, Editor; Craig Duff, Videographer; Todd Heisler, Videographer; Brent McDonald, Videographer; Matt Bloch, Graphics

3. Body Cameras: What Do You See?, The New York Times; TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, Reporter; JAMES THOMAS, Reporter; SAMUEL JACOBY, Reporter; DAMIEN CAVE, Reporter; Josh Keller , Additional production; Rumsey Taylor, Additional production, 

HM. I Waited 96 Years, Katie Falkenberg, Los Angeles Times. 

Feature Multimedia Story

1. Pageant Glamour for Those Who Have Reached the Age of Elegance, The New York Times; Whitney Richardson, Business Photo Editor; Roger Kisby, Photographer; Samantha Stark, Video Director, Camera; Taige Jensen, Video Editor; Abby Ellin, Reporter; Meghean Felling, Video Assistant Editor; Alexandra Garcia, Video Senior Producer; Kaylee King-Balentine, Video Executive Producer; Ashwin Seshagiri, Additional Production; Gayatri Kaul, Video Showrunner

2. Chicago Safe Passageways, The New York Times; Haeyoun Park, Reporter, Supervising Producer; Larry Buchanan, Reporter; Taige Jensen, Video Editor; Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Graphics; Rick Gershon, DP; Alexandra Garcia, Producer 

3. The 21st Century gold Rush,; Emily Kassie, Multimedia & Reporting; Malia Politzer, Writing & Reporting; Greg Veis, Editor; Rachel Morris, Editor; Gladeye, Design & Development; Sandra Garcia, Additional Design, highlineHM.

HM. Cuba on the Edge of Change, The New York Times; David Furst, International Picture Editor; Craig Allen, Photo Editor; Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Graphics/Multimedia Editor; Grant Gold, Graphics/Multimedia Editor 

HM. The American Thanksgiving, The New York Times; Sam Sifton, Reporter, Supervising Producer; Alicia DeSantis, Producer; Alexandra Eaton, Producer; Emily Weinstein, Producer; Leslye Davis, Videographer, Photographer; Margaret Cheatham Williams, Videographer, Photographer 

Sports Multimedia Story

1. The Fine Line, The New York Times; PRODUCED BY: Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Alicia DeSantis, Alexandra Garcia, Mika Gröndahl, Evan Grothjan, Taige Jensen, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Bedel Saget and Joe Ward; INTERVIEWS: Larry Buchanan, Leslye Davis, Juliet Macur, Bedel Saget and Joe Ward; VIDEO Editing: Alexandra Garcia, Taige Jensen and Meghean Felling; Footage: Larry Buchanan, Leslye Davis, Bedel Saget and Joe Ward; Color: Taige Jensen and Ben Laffin; GRAPHICS: Mika Gröndahl, Evan Grothjan, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas and Jeremy White; AUDIO: Taige Jensen and Michael Cordero; PHOTOGRAPHY: Photograph by Leslye Davis, Gregg Matthews; ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION: Wilson Andrews, Danny DeBelius, Alexandra Eaton and Grant Gold;

2. Will To Win, Nanook; Berta Tilmantaité, Karolis Pilypas Liutkevicius, Multimedia Journalist; Sofija Korf, Multimedia Journalist; Mindaugas Drigotas, Multimedia Journalist; Kazimiras Jarmolovkis, Web solution; Martynas Gailius, Matas Srebalius, Music, sound design; Egle Plytnikaite.

3. Decisive Moments at the Rio Olympics, Frame by Frame, The New York Times, Larry Buchanan, Reporter/ Photographer; K.K. Rebecca Lai, Reporter/ Photographer; Sergio Peçanha, Reporter/ Photographer; Bedel Saget, Reporter/ Photographer; Joe Ward, Reporter/ Photographer; Derek Watkins, Reporter/ Photographer 

HM. The Unparalleled Style of Dannell Leyva, ESPN, Robert Booth, Photo Editor; Nick Galac, Photo Editor 

Documentary Multimedia Package

1. Continental Drift: The Global Migrant Crisis,, Amy Pereira 

2. 30 Days, The Seattle Times, Lauren Frohne, Video editor; Erika Schultz, Photographer; Corinne Chin, Video editor; Audrey Carlsen, News developer; Frank Mina, Design director; Danny Gawlowski, Jim Simon, Project Editors 

3. Believers, Ray Whitehouse 

HM. A tragedy plays out in Little Rock when a police officer kills a colleague's father, The Washington Post, Whitney Shefte, Video Reporter; Kimbriell Kelly, Reporter; Scott Higham, Reporter 

HM. Carbon's Casualties, The New York Times, Josh Haner, Staff Phographer; Hannah Fairfield, Editor; Jodi Rudoren, Editor; Gray Beltran, Web Designer; Derek Watkins, Interactive Graphics; Jeremy White, Interactive Graphics 

Multimedia Portfolio (Individual)

1. Josh Haner, The New York Times, Bolivia Climate ChangeAfrica Climate    

2. Erika Schultz, Corinne Chin The Seattle Times, Family Pot Farm,  Seattle's Vanishing Black Community, Quest to Wipe Out AIDS in South Africa, South Africa Home for AIDs Positive Mothers,  Online Dating.   

3. Erin Brethauer & Tim Hussin, San Francisco Chronicle, Last Men Standing.

Multimedia Portfolio Large Market (Team)

1. The Washington Post, projects

2. The Seattle Times, Under our Skin, Cuba Rediscovered,  30Days, The Evolution of King Felix

3. San Francisco Chronicle, Last Men Standing, The Regulars,  Beyond Homelessness, Rising Reality

Visual Column, Recurring Series or Blog

1. The Regulars, San Francisco Chronicle, Erin Brethauer, Filmmaker and editor; Tim Hussin, Filmmaker and editor. Ole's Waffle Shop,  The Oldest Goat in the Bay,  The Opera Singer,  Suu the Street Sweeper

2. New Republic’s Photography Blog, New Republic, Stephanie Heimann, Photo Director. Requiem for a Border Wall,  The Great British Tradeoff,   What Makes a Winter Picture?,  Follow That Hamilton!

3. ViewFind Visual Editing, Viewfind, Judy Walgren, Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia; Judy Walgren, The Long Journey North; Taz Lombardo, Inside Iran’s Vanishing Bathhouses; Abby Connolly, An Unwanted Nation: The Plight of the Iraqi Kurds

No awards were given in the categories for Mobile Delivery Project or Multimedia Portfolio Small Market (Team) because of lack of entries.


Ruling Supports Right to Record Law Enforcement in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi

By Alicia Calzada

The right to record police in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi is now a clearly established First Amendment right after an opinion was issued on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case arose from an incident in Ft. Worth in which a man, Phillip Turner, was videotaping a police station from a public sidewalk, across the street from the station.

When officers came out of the station and began questioning him, he refused to identify himself. The officers arrested him and placed him in the back of a police car until a supervisor arrived on the scene and ordered Turner’s release. Turner sued for violations of his First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and the officers filed motions to dismiss, claiming qualified immunity.

The Fifth Circuit held that “First Amendment principles, controlling authority, and persuasive precedent demonstrate that a First Amendment right to record the police does exist, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.”

While the court held that this was not “clearly established at the time” and the officers were therefore subject to qualified immunity on the First Amendment claim, going forward there should be no doubt. The court added, “filming the police contributes to the public’s ability to hold the police accountable, ensure that police officers are not abusing their power, and make informed decisions about police policy.”

The Fifth Circuit joins the First, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, all of which concluded that the First Amendment protects the right to record police.



NPPA's Osterreicher Testifies to Support Cameras in Federal Courts

NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher testifies before a House Subcommittee. Photo by John Shinkle, Politico

NPPA general counsel Mickey Osterreicher defended a push to allow cameras in federal courts during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on Feb. 14.

"It’s a much more direct form of democracy when people can see and hear for themselves, just as our founders envisioned," Osterreicher testified. Cameras have been allowed in lower courts within guidelines for several decades. In addition to a push for cameras in federal courts, there are bills proposed through Congress to allow cameras in Supreme Court proceedings. 

You can see Osterricher's testimony starting at about 43 minute mark in the video below. 



Burhan Ozbilici Wins World Press Photo of the Year

The 2017 Word Press Photo of the Year by Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press

Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press has won the 2017 World Press Photo of the Year. His image from the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was one of the most widely circulated news photos last year.

“I was a very, very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the Picture of the Year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times,” said Mary F. Calvert, one of the World Press Photo judges. “Every time is came on the screen you almost had to move back because it was such an explosive image.”

The 60th Annual World Press Photo Contest contest drew entries from 125 countries for work created in 2016. More than 80,0000 images were entered by more than 5,000 photographers. You can see a gallery of all the still photo winners here. The World Press Photo Foundation also hosted the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest and those winners are here.

These are the winners of the 2017 Photo Contest:

Burhan Ozbilici, Turkey, The Associated Press, An Assassination in Turkey


1 Jonathan Bachman, USA, Thomson Reuters
 Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge
2 Vadim Ghirda, Romania, The Associated Press Migrant Crossing
3 Daniel Etter, Germany, The Libyan Migrant Trap


1 Amber Bracken, Canada, Standing Rock
2 Lalo de Almeida, Brazil, for Folha de São Paulo Victims of the Zika Virus
3 Peter Bauza, Germany, Copacabana Palace


1 Paula Bronstein, USA, for Time Lightbox / 
 Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War
2 Tiejun Wang, China, Sweat Makes Champions
3 Matthieu Paley, France, for National Geographic Magazine 
 China’s Wild West


1 Tomas Munita, Chile, for The New York Times Cuba on the Edge of Change
2 Elena Anosova, Russia, Out of the Way
3 Francesco Comello, Italy, Isle of Salvation


1 Laurent Van der Stockt, France, Getty Reportage for Le Monde Offensive on Mosul
2 Santi Palacios, Spain Left Alone
3 Noel Celis, Philippines, Agence France-Presse Inside the Philippines' Most Overcrowded Jail


1 Daniel Berehulak, Australia, for The New York Times They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals
2 Sergey Ponomarev, Russia, for The New York Times Iraq’s Battle to Reclaim Its Cities
3 Alessio Romenzi, Italy, We Are Not Taking Any Prisoners

1 Valery Melnikov, Russia, Rossia Segodnya Black Days of Ukraine 2 Hossein Fatemi, Iran, Panos Pictures An Iranian Journey
3 Markus Jokela, Finland, Helsingin Sanomat Table Rock, Nebraska


1 Francis Pérez, Spain Caretta Caretta Trapped
2 Nayan Khanolkar, India, Big Cat in My Backyard
3 Jaime Rojo, Spain, Monarchs in the Snow


1 Brent Stirton, South Africa, Getty Images for 
 National Geographic Magazine Rhino Wars
2 Ami Vitale, USA, for National Geographic Magazine Pandas Gone Wild
3 Bence Máté, Hungary, Now You See Me


1 Magnus Wennman, Sweden, Aftonbladet What ISIS Left Behind
2 Robin Hammond, New Zealand, NOOR Images for Witness Change Praying for a Miracle
3 Kristina Kormilitsyna, Russia, Kommersant Newspaper Fidelity


1 Michael Vince Kim, USA, Aenikkaeng
2 Antonio Gibotta, Italy, Agenzia Controluce Enfarinat
3 Jay Clendenin, USA, Los Angeles Times Olympians

1 Tom Jenkins, UK, The Guardian Grand National Steeplechase
2 Cameron Spencer, Australia, Getty Images The Dive
3 Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach, Germany, Thomson Reuters Rio's Golden Smile

1 Giovanni Capriotti, Italy, Boys Will Be Boys
2 Michael Hanke, Czech Republic, Youth Chess Tournaments
3 Darren Calabrese, Canada, Adaptive Athlete

1 Jamal Taraqai, Pakistan, European Pressphoto Agency Pakistan Bomb Blast
2 Abd Doumany, Syria, Agence France-Presse Medics Assist a Wounded Girl
3 Felipe Dana, Brazil, The Associated Press Battle for Mosul


1 Burhan Ozbilici, Turkey, The Associated Press An Assassination in Turkey
2 Ameer Alhalbi, Syria, Agence France-Presse Rescued From the Rubble
3 Mathieu Willcocks, UK, Mediterranean Migration

Overview of first-prize winners
 for Digital Storytelling

First Prize - Immersive Storytelling 

The Dig

Topaz Adizes, Executive Director, Creative Director
Mike Knowlton, Executive Director, Creative Director, Creative Technologist
Carla Tramullas, Creative Director, UX Designer
Julia Gorbach, Creative Director
Mark Harris, Creative Director, Creative Technologist
Joe Wheeler, UX Designer
Olivier H. Beauchesne, Data Visualization
Season 1:

Julia Gorbach, Director, Producer, Additional Camera & Sound

Carla Tramullas Director, Cinematographer

Dane Benko, Editor

Nicholas D’Agostino Editor

Mériem Dehbi-Talbot, Associate Producer

Grace Larkin, Associate Producer
Julius Bowditch, Associate Producer
Paige Pol, Associate Producer

Hans Lueders, Associate Producer
Organization: The Skin Deep + Murmur

First Prize - Innovative Storytelling

A New Age of Walls

Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter
Anthony Faiola, Berlin Bureau Chief
Reem Akkad, Senior Video Producer
Kat Downs Mulder, Graphics Director
Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor
Douglas Jehl, Foreign Editor
Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor
Organization: The Washington Post

First Prize - Short Form


Zackary Canepari, Director
Carter Gunn, Editor
Christopher ISenberg, Producer

Christopher Gary, Producer
Drea Cooper, Producer
Sue Jaye Johnson, Producer, Cinematography, Additional Interviews
Sophia Rose, Cinematography
Jessica Dimmock, Cinematography
Mo Scarpelli, Cinematography
Matthew Joynt, Original Music
Nate Sandberg, Original Music
Gregg White, Coloring
Brian Susko, Sound Mix
Lindsey Phillips, Additional Editing
Organization: Co-produced by Great Big Story and Victory Journal 

First Prize - Long Form

When The Spirit Moves


Justin Maxon, Director, Cinematographer

Jared Moossy, Director, Cinematographer


Jabin Botsford Wins WHNPA Photographer of the Year

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump turns to talk to members of the press after a campaign event in Orlando, FL . Photo by Jabin Botsford, Washington Post

Jabin Botsford of the Washington Post has been announced as the Photographer of the Year in the White House News Photographers Association and Andrew Harnik won Political Photo of the Year in the 2017 Eyes of History contest judged at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

In winning Photographer of the Year, Bostford also won first place awards in news picture story, domestic and portfolio categories.

“Being singled out in this sea of DC photographers, all working at the highest caliber at the top of our field, is truly incredible,” Botsford said.

Harnik’s winning photo showed Hillary Clinton in front of the press gaggle on her campaign plane. One his mentors, Chris Usher, was a judge for the competition. National Press Photographers Association President Melissa Lyttle and NPPA board member Brad Smith were also judges.

"To have my work selected as the political photo of the year by my first real mentor (who was one of the judges this year) was a surreal experience,” Harnik said.

The top winners of the still, video, multimedia and student contests will be honored at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala on June 10, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. The black-tie event celebrates all the winning photojournalists and the President of the United States.

See the list of this year's winners at

The White House News Photographers Association is a 96-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional photojournalists. The WHNPA aims to provide professional and educational outreach to its members and the community through scholarships, programming, an annual competition and a celebration of the industry at the annual “Eyes of History®” gala.


Mike Tighe Wins NPPF Award for NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop

Mike Tighe

(ATHENS, GA, February 11, 2017) Mike Tighe, a photojournalist at CTV News in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been awarded the NPPF/NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop Award of $1,000 and the registration fee for the workshop.

The Advanced Storytelling Workshop is a program is designed for experienced TV and newspaper photojournalists, reporters and video journalists – anyone who tells stories with moving pictures, sound and words. It is intended to be the next step after the NPPA News Video Workshop.

Tighe has been a member of NPPA a relatively short time, but has taken advantage of the association’s training events.

“I joined the NPPA in September 2015 and attended my first NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma that March,” Tighe said. “I loved it so much I will be attending again this year. I followed that up with attending the South East Storytellers Workshop that June in Atlanta. The people that I have met and the friends I have made because of my involvement in the NPPA and these workshops has been the most rewarding and inspiring part of my career!"

The Advanced Storytelling Workshop will be held April 2-7, 2017 at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.


Leah Horner Wins NPPF Yoder Award to Attend NPPA News Video Workshop

Leah Horner

ATHENS, GA (Feb. 11, 2017) – Leah Horner has been awarded the 2017 Gordon Yoder Award for video photojournalists presented by the National Press Photographers Foundation.

The award allows Horner to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop beginning March 12 at the Gaylord College of Journalism on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK. The $1,000 award, established by G. Gordon Yoder, is designed to help cover tuition and expenses for the Workshop.

Horner is a graduating senior in journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. She finishes her degree in March then will be moving to Bakersfield, California to work for KERO-TV, 23ABC as a multimedia journalist during the week and report weather on the weekends. Her goal is to tell stories in creative ways and she “likes the term ‘pants reporter’ because she is the type of journalist to get on the ground or even climb things when shooting, and pants are necessary to be able to move,” she wrote.

The NPPA News Video Workshop builds the fundamental skills needed to tell strong, clear, and compelling video news stories. It is a week of intense learning and powerful critiques that enhance gathering, editing, writing, and presenting stories.

NPPA Sprague Award-winner G. Gordon Yoder was a combat correspondent and photographer in Korea and a network photojournalist covering news, including the civil rights movement in 1950’s and 1960’s. He designed and manufactured the innovative 16mm Yoder Sound Camera, which became an industry standard for television stations and networks.