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UNC Bootcamp Teaches Multimedia Storytelling Skills


Rich Beckman, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDURHAM, NC – Rich Beckman, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the school's director of visual communication, has announced that the fifth annual Multimedia Bootcamp Workshop at UNC-CH will be held May 6 through 12, 2006.

“The workshop is designed for working visual journalists who are interested in exploring multimedia storytelling,” Beckman said. The skills being taught are the talents that photojournalists of the future will need in order to compete for jobs. “We feature six days of intensive skills training, including Flash, Dreamweaver, advanced Photoshop, audio and video content gathering and editing, as well as daily presentations from leading multimedia designers, storytellers, and producers.”

“Each participant is assigned a dedicated computer terminal for the week and will have the opportunity to meet and work with industry leaders, including Brian Storm of MediaStorm; Karl Kuntz from the Columbus Dispatch; Joe Weiss from the Raleigh News & Observer; J. Carl Ganter of MediaVia; Travis Fox from; J. Paige West, from Second Story; Andrew DeVigal, of Interactive Narratives; Alberto Cairo and Laura Ruel from UNC-CH; Mike Noe from the Rocky Mountain News; and Geoff McGhee from The New York Times.

Details and registration forms are available online at Beckman said the workshop is limited to the first 25 paid registrants.

UNC Multimedia Bootcamp Home Page Design


Southwestern Photojournalism Conference Opens March 3

FORT WORTH, TX – The Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Fort Worth, TX, will be held on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary beginning on March 3, 2006, and will run through March 5.

Southwestern Photojournalism Conference posterAn advertisement for the conference provided by the Seminary that ran in the January 2006 issue of News Photographer magazine on pages 21 and 43 listed an incorrect start date for the conference. The conference actually begins on March 3 rather than on March 2, as listed in the two display advertisements.

Dr. Gregory Tomlin, director of public relations for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, asks for photojournalists to please note the change, and points out that further registration information is available at

Speakers this year include Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists John White of the Chicago Sun-Times and David Leeson of the Dallas Morning News; 2005 POYi Photographer of the Year Michael Macor of the San Francisco Chronicle; Chicago Sun-Times photojournalist Bob Black; photojournalist Naomi Lasdon of Virginia Beach, VA; and Ken Irby, photojournalism sequence leader for The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL.

The conference is sponsored by Southwestern Seminary along with Southern Baptist photojournalists. Download an Acrobat .PDF file of the conference’s advertisement here.


Robert Frank To Judge Honickman First Book Prize In Photography

DURHAM, NC – Robert Frank, one of the world's most influential photographers, will judge the third Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition sponsored by The Honickman Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, and The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Frank gained attention as a prominent photojournalist with his visionary photographs of postwar America with his book The Americans in 1958, a documentary study of the United States by the Swiss photographer that was funded by a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. As a filmmaker, his movies included Pull My Daisy, OK, End Here, and Me and My Brother. He's the winner of the Cornell Capa Award from the International Center of Photography in New York, and the International Photography Award from the Hasselblad Foundation in Sweden.

The winner of the Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receives a $3,000 USD grant, publication of a book of their photography, and a traveling exhibit of their work. The competition's judge writes the introduction for the book, which will be published by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies.

The Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a prestigious biennial prize for American photographers. The only prize of its kind, the competition is open to American photographers of any age who "have never published a book-length work and who use their cameras for creative exploration, whether it be of places, people, or communities; of the natural or social world; of beauty at large or the lack of it; of objective or subjective realities. The prize will honor work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose," the CDS says.

Photographer and writer Robert Adams was the prize's inaugural judge, and he picked photographer Larry Schwarm of Kansas as the winner for his series of color photographs of dramatic prairie fires that take place each Spring in Kansas. His book, On Fire, is now in its second printing by Duke University Press.

Maria Morris Hambourg, a photographic curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, judged the second competition and picked a photography professor from the Rhode Island School of Design, Steven B. Smith, as the winner for his black and white photographs of "the surreal intersection of suburbia and the desert in California, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado, where sprawling suburbs are reconfiguring what was once vast unpopulated territory," published by Duke University Press as the book The Weather and a Place To Live: Photographs of the Suburban West.

Submissions for the next competition, following guidelines format, must be postmarked between June 10 and September 12, 2006. The winning photographer will be announced publicly in January 2007. The book will be published in fall 2007. A traveling exhibition will be curated every third competition, beginning in 2007.

For more information about the prize, see the CDS Web site here.


ASMP Announces 2006 Summer Grants

The American Society of Media Photographers Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for summer 2006 funding. The deadline for this grant cycle is May 15. Application forms, lists of past grant recipients, grant deadlines, and other information is available from the ASMP Web site at

ASMP executive director Eugene Mopsik says that twice a year, ASMP Foundation grants are awarded in support of a wide range of programs to benefit photographers and the creative community they are a part of. Grant amounts vary depending upon need, but typically do not exceed $1,500. The foundation does not offer assistance grants to individual artists. In past years, ASMP Foundation grants have helped fund university seminars, non-profit educational and arts organizations, and community education programs in the States and abroad.

Recipients of last year's summer grants included the Aperture Foundation, who received a $1,500 grant to support “Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context,” a series of panel discussions featuring the leading photographers, artists and authors of our time, and PhotoAlliance, who received a $1,500 grant to anchor this year's funding for PhotoAlliance’s ongoing Emerging Artist Lecture Series and its first annual Pacific Rim Lecture.

Another summer grant winner in 2005 was The Santa Fe Center for Photography, and the $1,500 ASMP grant helped to fund three projects: a workshop by Darius Himes and Joanna Hurley called “Publishing the Photographic Book: A Primer”; a workshop by Mary Virginia Swanson titled “Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Market”; and a seminar called “Who’s Collecting Whom?” featuring 15 investors, curators, art directors and gallery owners, and moderated by Alison Devine Nordström, the Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House. The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of ASMP received the other grant, $1,250 to support “Achieving Balance Between Passion and Profession,” a two-day retreat for professional photographers, assistants and advanced students.

Applicants will be notified within 60 days of the deadline if their application has been accepted. All grant decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis.

The ASMP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the American Society of Media Photographers, a trade association of professional photographers. The foundation supports the charitable and educational purposes of the Society, and it encourages the professional and artistic growth of photographers and the creative communities to which they belong.


Global Online Editing Now Open In Largest NPPA BOP Contest

DURHAM, NC – Online editing for photojournalists from as near as Raleigh to as far away as Banda Aceh, Sumatra, and Kabul, Afghanistan, is now open in the NPPA's 2006 Best Of Photojournalism still photography contest, the largest BOP competition to date. Photographers who entered more than 55,000 still images in this year's competition will have received an eMail within one day of their pictures going online to tell them how to make any change in their entry. All entrants will be able to access their pictures by Friday evening, February 17.

"This year the 55,000 still photographs entered in the Best Of Photojournalism contest is a 45% growth in the size of the contest over last year," NPPA BOP contest coordinator Thomas Kenniff said. Keith Jenkins, BOP coordinator for the contest's Web division and deputy assistant managing editor for photography at The Washington Post, reports the number of Web entries in this year's contest has more than doubled since 2005. Entries in the BOP's picture editing and television divisions are still being counted.

In the still photography contest, entrants have until Midnight (1900 GMT), Saturday February 25, to do online editing and to make any changes in the entry. Changes or corrections can be made to the captions, to the category, to the object field, and to the sequence of presentation. Kenniff asks entrants to contact him if there are any dropped or missing pictures in their entry by sending an eMail to [email protected].

NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contest is now in its fifth year. Entries have increased from 23,000 still photographs taken in 2001 and judged in 2002, to more than 38,999 still photographs taken in 2004 and judged in 2005, to this year's more than 55,000 photographs taken in 2005 and judged this Spring.

Electronic judging of the Best Of Photojournalism judging in the still photography categories begins Sunday, March 19, at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL. NPPA executive director Greg Garneau will be there to report results and assist with the proceedings along with contest coordinator Kenniff and Jared Haworth, NPPA's Web site administrator. Judging of the Web categories will also take place at Poynter during the still photography judging, but with different judges.

This year's still photography judges are: Ramiro Fernandez, photography editor for People magazine; Christine McNeal, deputy managing editor for design, graphics, and photography for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Ricardo Ferro, director of photography for Efeamerica; Ruth Fremson, a staff photojournalist for The New York Times; and James Colton, photography editor for Sports Illustrated magazine.

This year's Web division judges are: Margarita Corporan, a senior photography editor for America Online; Andrew DeVigal, an assistant professor at San Francisco State University and co-principal of Devigal Design; 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanna Fitzmaurice, a staff photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle; and Juan Thomassie, a senior designer for

Judging in the BOP television categories begins March 4 at Poynter and runs and runs through March 10, coordinated by Merry Murray of KSNW-TV in Wichita, KS, and Michael Harrity of KUSA-TV 9News in Denver, CO. Judges for the television categories are already picked, but their names will not be revealed until judging is underway.

Judging in the BOP's editing categories begins April 3 at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, OH, coordinated by VisCom's director, Terry Eiler. Judges for the editing categories will be announced later.

NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is sponsored by Canon, Avid, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies,,, Western Kentucky University, Camera Bits, Ohio University, and Merlin One.


Pham, de Laubenfels, Named Poynter Ethics Fellows

Thé N. Pham, the photography editor for the Houston Chronicle, and Heidi de Laubenfels, assistant managing editor for visuals and technology, The Seattle Times, have been named 2006 Ethics Fellows at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL.

This fifth class of sixteen Poynter Fellows will meet for one week in March, and again in 2007, to explore key ethical issues facing journalism. Pham has been an NPPA member since 1984, and de Laubenfels joined in 2000. The 2006 Ethics Fellows program is partially supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Including Pham and de Laubenfels, the 2006 Ethics Fellows are: Lori Aratani, education writer, The Washington Post; John F. Burnett, correspondent, National Public Radio; Richard Chacón, ombudsman, Boston Globe; Eric Eyre, reporter, The Charleston (WV) Gazette; Manny Garcia, metro editor, The Miami Herald; Jeannine Guttman, editor and vice president, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Lonnie Isabel, a 28-year veteran of daily newspapers and a university teacher; Tom Merriman, investigative reporter, WJW Fox 8 (Cleveland, OH); Dean Miller, managing editor, Idaho Falls Post Register; Amy Morris, executive producer, WLS TV (Chicago, IL); Tim Ryan, assistant news director, KUSA 9 News (Denver, CO); Joel Sappell, assistant managing editor and executive editor/Interactive, Los Angeles Times; Barbara White Stack, editorial writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and Jocelyn Wiener; reporter, The Sacramento Bee.

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalism. Poynter conducts over 50 seminars annually in the areas of leadership and management, reporting and writing, broadcast, ethics and diversity, and visual journalism, as well as providing online learning through News University ( The school owns the Times Publishing Company, the parent company of the St. Petersburg Times, Congressional Quarterly and other publications.


Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship Deadline Is March 31

The International Women's Media Foundation wants to remind women journalists that the deadline to apply for a Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is March 31, 2006. Neuffer, a 1998 winner of IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Award and a reporter for The Boston Globe, died in Iraq on May 9, 2003.

The fellowship is paid for by the Elizabeth Neuffer IWMF Fund, which underwrites two main programs: the Neuffer Fellowship, and the Neuffer Forum on Human Rights and journalism. The International Women's Media Foundation is based in Washington, DC, and the Neuffer Fund is supported by The Boston Globe, Peter Canellos, Carolyn Lee, the MIT Center for International Studies, Mark Neuffer, the United Nations Foundation, and the friends of Elizabeth Neuffer. IWMF said they established the fund to "support women journalists from around the world who share Elizabeth’s passion for promoting social justice and human rights."

The fellowship provides an opportunity for a woman journalist working in the print, broadcast, or Internet media to spend an academic year in a tailored program that combines access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and other Boston-area universities and two media companies, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. "With this flexible structure, the fellow will have opportunities to pursue academic research as well as hone her journalistic skills covering topics related to human rights and social justice," IWMF says.

In addition to doing research or reporting, the fellowship winner will also have a role in the Neuffer Forum on Human Rights and journalism, an annual program that takes place each May. The forum draws together journalists, academics, researchers, and policy makers from the States and abroad to consider each year's current international issues.

The winner will be announced in May, and the fellowship runs from September 2006 through May 2007.

Neuffer had a 13-year career as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe that included covering the burning oil fields of the first Gulf War, the Balkan wars of the 1990s, reporting from Bosnia and Rawanda, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as being the Globe's European bureau chief in Berlin. She wrote a highly-acclaimed book, The Key to My Neighbor's House: Searching for Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda. Neuffer died in May 2003, at the age of 46, in an automobile accident on a highway near Baghdad after spending her last night with religious pilgrims in Samarra.

For more information about how to apply for an Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship please see or contact Lindsey Wray at [email protected], or call +1.202.496.1992.


2006 Southern Short Course Will Be In Spartanburg, SC

 The Southern Short Course in News Photography will be held Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, 2006, at the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park in Spartanburg, SC.

This year’s speakers include photojournalist Ami Vitale, a former NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year and Magnum Grant winner and Canon Female Photojournalist Grant winner, who has moved from India to her new base in Barcelona, Spain; two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Photographer of the Year Michael Williamson of The Washington Post; freelance photojournalist Greg Schneider, formerly of The San Bernardino Sun and Worldwide Challenge magazine; Vincent Laforet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning contract photographer for The New York Times; Swayne Hall, the night photography editor for the Houston Chronicle; Colin Mulvany, a photojournalist turned Internet multimedia producer for The Spokesman-Review; and Jack Rowland, the photography technology director for the St. Petersburg Times.

Photographers Tommy Metthe, Todd Bennett, and Jeff Blake will give break-out seminars on shooting sports and lighting. Other sessions include covering international assignments, natural disasters, and how to create an online portfolio. And there will be a special session track offered for students and new professionals.

More information is available on the Southern Short Course’s Web site at


Finbarr O'Reilly Of Reuters Wins World Press Photo

 A Canadian photojournalist for Reuters, Finbarr O’Reilly, 35, has won the premier World Press Photo of the Year Award for a color picture of the emaciated fingers of a one-year-old child pressed against his mother’s lips at an emergency feeding station in Niger. The picture was taken while covering a devastating drought, the worst there in decades, that left millions of people without food in August 2005.

Finbarr O'Reilly's winning photoO’Reilly is the Reuters chief photographer for West and Central Africa and is based in Dakar, Senegal. He has been working full-time as a photojournalist for Reuters for less than two years. Before that he was a reporter based in Kigali, Rwanda, covering Africa's strife, poverty, and famine extensively for Reuters.

“This fantastic achievement is further magnified by the fact that Finbarr is new to photography,” Tom Szlukovenyi, Reuters global picture editor, said. “His raw talent shone through even when he was working for Reuters as a text reporter. His first picture as a full-time professional photographer was taken only a year ago in Sudan. Under the watchful eye of his mentor Radu Sigheti, Reuters East Africa senior photographer, he has progressed incredibly fast and has provided Reuters with a steady stream of outstanding images. News of Reuters second consecutive win at the World Press spread like wildfire among photographers covering the Winter Olympics and is seen as further proof of the talent and hard work of all in the picture service.”

Mohamed Azakir, a Reuters photographer based in Lebanon, also received the first prize in Spot News Singles in this year’s contest with his picture of a car bomb explosion in Beirut.

World Press Photo will present this year's awards on April 23 in Amsterdam. O'Reilly's World Press Photo of the Year Award carries with it a 10,000 Euro cash prize and Canon donates a new Canon EOS 1D Mark II N camera to the winner.

It’s the second year in a row for a Reuters photographer to win the top honor in World Press. Last year Arko Datta won Photo of the Year for a powerful image of a woman who survived the post-Christmas tsunami kneeling on the ground and mourning the body of a family member who was killed in the disaster.

James Colton, jury chairman this year for World Press Photo and a picture editor for Sports Illustrated magazine, an NPPA member since 1992, talked about O’Reilly’s winning photograph in the World Press announcement today. “This picture has haunted me ever since I first saw it two weeks ago. It has stayed in my head, even after seeing all the thousands of others during the competition. This image has everything: beauty, horror, and despair. It is simple, elegant, and moving,” he said.

“We are deeply honoured and extremely proud to win news photography's top award for the second year running,” Geert Linnebank, Reuters editor-in-chief said. “Photojournalism is integral to what we do every day at Reuters -- holding up mirrors so the world can watch and understand itself. Finnbarr O'Reilly's photo of famine in Niger is one of the very brightest of those mirrors, one which has the power to mobilize."

“Finbarr has very quickly become a rising star in Reuters photography team, coming from writing journalism, which shows how broad his talent is,” Tom Glocer, Reuters CEO, said. “This highest recognition for Reuters for the second year in a row makes me very proud. We have a fantastic team of first-class photographers, often in very difficult situations. Day after day they bring to the world in one shot all the issues of the planet. Last year it was Arko Datta's tsunami survivor photograph, this year it's the famine in Niger seen by Finbarr. Photography is very important for Reuters and this is why we will continue to invest in it.”

The jury that picked this year's World Press winners was chaired by Colton and included Paula Bronstein of Getty Images; Per Folkver, a picture editor for Politiken in Denmark; Janine Haidar, a picture editor for Agence France-Presse in Lebanon; Magdalena Herrera, an art director for National Geographic from France and Cuba; Wen Huang, a picture editor for Xinhua News Agency in China; Gary Knight, of the VII Agency, who is based in the U.K.; Eliane Laffont, editorial director for Hachette Filipacchi Photos; Greg Marinovich, a picture editor for the Sunday Times in London; Ricardo Mazalan, an Associated Press photographer from Argentina; Simon Njami, artistic director for Rencontres Africaines from Cameroon; Kathy Ryan, the photography editor for The New York Times Sunday Magazine; and Stephan Vanfleteren, a photographer from Belgium.

Other winners this year include Ben Curtis, of the Associated Press in the U.K., who won first place in stories for his coverage of street violence surrounding the presidential elections in Togo. David Guttenfelder, of the Associated Press in America, won first place in general news singles for a picture of a father and son in a field hospital in Pakistan. And Todd Heisler, of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, won first place in general news stories for his essay "Final Salute," honoring fallen U.S. Marines as their bodies are returned home for burial.

John G. Mabanglo of EPA, who is based in America, won first place in sports action for a picture of diver Chelsea Davis hitting her head on the diving board at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, and Donald Miralle, Jr., of Getty Images won first place in sports action stories for a sports portfolio that included an underwater picture of Aaron Peirsol at the Santa Clara Grand Prix.

World Press says that 4,448 photographers from 122 countries entered 83,044 images in this year’s competition. They awarded prizes in 10 theme categories to 63 photographers from 25 nationalities. A full list of this year's winners is here.


February 10 Was Deadline For Best Of Photojournalism


DURHAM, NC – Midnight on Friday night, February 10, was the final opportunity to file entries for the 2006 Best Of Photojournalism Contest before the conteset deadline.

The National Press Photographers Association’s FTP facility for online filing of Best of Photojournalism contest entries (both still and editing divisions) remained up and running throughout the entire "Call For Entries" period, NPPA contest coordinator Thomas Kenniff said today.

But for those who may have had trouble, for any reason, filing their entries by the midnight deadline, Kenniff says, “If you encountered difficulties as we approached the contest entry deadline (February 10, 2006) at midnight (midnight local time for entrants), please contact the NPPA office by sending an eMail to [email protected] or by calling us on the telephone us at +1.919.383.7246 Ext. 16. Leave a message with your contact information and reasonable provision will be made for the acceptance of your entries.”

Kenniff advised that the easiest method to submit entries (in the event of a technical failure) is to record the entries onto a CD-ROM and send it – before the deadline – to:

Best of Photojournalism 2006
Attention: Thomas Kenniff

The National Press Photographers Association
3200 Croasdaile Drive
Durham, NC 27705
+1.919.383.7246 (Telephone)


“If you have waited until too close to the deadline and have technical problems, and miss the last courier or mail drop in your time zone, remember that late entries will be accepted only if you have contacted us (by eMail or by telephone at the number above) before the deadline, and you also have provided the NPPA with your contact information," Kenniff said.

To enter the 2006 Best Of Photojournalism Contest, go here.