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Davidson, Dezso, Are Missouri's POYi Top Winners

 At the 63rd Pictures of the Year International photography contest at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Barbara Davidson of The Dallas Morning News has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year and freelance photojournalist Tamas Dezso has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year. Roger Lemoyne of Redux was awarded First place in the World Understanding Award, and freelancer Brenda Ann Kenneally was given the Community Awareness Award.

Second place in Newspaper Photographer of the Year was NPPA memberTodd Heisler, of The Rocky Mountain News. Third place was Michael Macor of The San Francisco Chronicle. Second place Magazine Photographer of the Year was freelancer Marcus Bleasdale. Third place was freelancer Massimo Mastrorillo.

Heisler’s multimedia story “Final Salute,” the story of U.S. Marines who make death notifications to soldiers’ families and who escort home the bodies of their fallen comrades killed in battle, also won First place in the Editing Division for multimedia stories and essays.

The Times-Picayune from New Orleans, LA, won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers.

For Best Use of Photography in Newspapers with circulation less than 100,000 the First place winner was The Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, IN. Second place was The Concord Monitor, and Third place was The Naples Daily News.

For Best Use of Photography in Newspapers with circulation more than 100,000 the First place winner was the Los Angeles Times. Second place was the San Jose Mercury News, and Third place was The San Francisco Chronicle.

Best Use of Photography for a Magazine was won by The New York Times Magazine. Second place was National Geographic, and Third place was Time Asia.

Best Use of Photography for a book was Brenda Ann Kenneally’s Money Power Respect: Pictures of my Neighborhood, a project that won her the NPPA-Nikon Documentary Sabbatical in 2000. Second place was Roger Lemoyne’s Details Obscurs, and Third place was Philip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnam At Peace.

The 63rd POYi awards and education program will be held at the school in Columbia on April 20 and 21. A complete list of all winners in all categories is here.

The Missouri School of Journalism is also seeking applicants for the directorship of the POYi program, and the detailed job description and application process are outlined on the POYi Web site.

This year’s judges were Nina Berman from Redux; Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography for America Online; Michel duCille of The Washington Post; Denis Finley of The Virginian-Pilot; Kathleen Hennessy of The San Francisco Chronicle; Boyzell Hosey of The St. Petersburg Times; Eliane Laffont from Hachette Filipacchi Media; Bill Luster of The Courier-Journal; freelancer Peter Menzel; Kathy Moran from National Geographic; freelancer George Olson; and Janet Reeves of The Rocky Mountain News.


BOP Television Judges Pick Documentary, General News, Deadline News Winners

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Judges for the National Press Photographers Association’s 2006 Best of Photojournalism Television contest decided to tackle a big category today: Documentary. There were just 14 entries, but the stories ranged in length from short as 4 minutes to as long as an hour. And finalists and winners were also announced today in the categories of General News and Deadline News.

After an initial viewing of the Documentary entries, the judges knocked the field down to seven stories that they wanted to continue considering. After another look, they narrowed it down to three. And then they watched the three documentaries again in their entirety.

For the second day, judges questioned the use of photographs in some entries. “How much did the photographer really shoot, and how much was scanned in?” Ray Meints asked. Lou Davis commented, “Toward the end of the story it was really a tie.”

After some discussion, the judges picked the finalists and winners in the Documentary category. First place went to John Goheen of HDNet for “Child Miners,” and second place is Chuck Cochran of WBAL-TV in Baltimore, MD, for “Survivors Among Us.”

After the Documentary category, the judges next considered General News. They quickly narrowed the field from 77 entries down to their favorite 10 stories. After watching those 10 again, their discussion began. Davis thought there were “a lot of pretty pictures, and the stories had a beginning, middle, and end, with good sequencing.” Meints said that he “gives extra weight to photo essays.” The judges found several feature stories that were entered as general news, and they were able to cut down their favorite 10 stories down to 5.

Then they picked the winners in the General News category. First place was awarded to Kristen Bergeron of KTVT-TV in Dallas, TX, for “We Gotta Clean Up.” Second place went to Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV in Minneapolis, MN, for “The Mail Must Get Through.” And Third place was Bergeron again for “C’mon Guys, Let’s Go.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Byron Reed of KUSA-TV in Denver, CO, for “Photo Op,” and to Mike D’Angelo of WGN-TV in Chicago, IL, for “Running of the Brides.”

The judges decided to skip a dinner break and to move ahead and judge theDeadline News category on Tuesday evening. The 50 entries in Deadline News were narrowed down to 7 stories. The judges said that they felt there could have been a lot more in this category, and that most of the stories entered were either General News stories or Features. “I think you should have it all, telling a story, great picture, great moments, that’s what deadline is to me,” judge Ernesto Torres said. Meints added, “In this category, I’m looking at how you handle it under pressure.” Judge Kevin Labrecque commented, “It’s just about guaranteed you’re going to get something if you go out with a rescue team.”

From their final selections, the judges picked winners in the Deadline News category. First place was awarded to David Bradford of WJW-TV in Cleveland, OH, for “Over The Edge.” Second place went to Gary Knox of KARE-TV in Minneapolis, MN, for “Life Saving Senator.” And Third place went to William Glynn of NBC News for “New Orlenas: City Under Water.” Honorable mentions were award to Scott Ripley of WFXT-TV in Boston, MA, for “A Successful Weekend,” and to Carl Stein of KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, CA, for “La Cochita Mudslide.”

BOP TV Editing Judges Ron Kabele, Sandy Spencer, with Mike Harrity.Two additional judges arrived at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg today to begin organizing entries in the 2006 Best of Photojournalism Television Editing contest, and they will begin picking winners in editing categories on Wednesday. Judges Ron Kabele and Sandy Spencer will also be picking the Video Editor of the Year, and watching entries in the new editing category created for Web Content. Kabele is a photojournalist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Spencer is the chief editor for KPHO-TV in Phoenix, AZ. The editing portion of the Best of Photojournalism Television contest is coordinated again this year by Mike Harrity.

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.

Read an earlier story about the judges and their biographies here.

Read Sunday's judging results story here.

Read Monday's judging results story here.


BOP TV Judges Pick Sports, Spot News, News Feature Winners

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – After a shopping spree at a neighborhood grocery store to stock up on caffeine and sugar, the judges for the National Press Photographers Association’s 2006 Best of Photojournalism Television contest started their second full day of judging Monday. But first they wrote up their comments for the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year category. The winner, picked Sunday night, will be announced Friday on the NPPA Web site at and during a live Webcast from The Poynter Institute.

On Monday the judges picked finalists and winners in Spot News, News Features, and Sports.

The category News Features was on the slate for the judges in the morning, where 84 entries made it the contest’s largest category.

After viewing all of these entries, the judges narrowed it down to eight finalists to watch one more time. That viewing narrowed it down to five favorites.

A question came up on two stories as to whether those photographers had shot 90% of their stories, as required by the rules. One story included photographs that may have been shot by the photographer or scanned into a computer. Another story included clips of commercials, television shows, and movies.

Judge Lou Davis asked, “Is he shooting for an award or is he trying to tell a good story?”

“It was very well done, but it was carried more by the subject we were watching, I would have liked to see more reaction from the kids, it was a very good story,” Greg Stotelmyer said.

“It was the creative writing and editing that added to the story,” Davis said. “I think the moments do a lot in carrying the tape,” Ernesto Torres added.

After quick calls to the entrants to answer a couple of questions, the judges picked their winners.

The next category for the judges to tackle was Spot News. There were 50 stories to watch. This category was a little tougher for the judges; they considered many of the entries to be more like General News than Spot News.

“I liked it, it meets the criteria for what the rules say, as the story moved through, the events were unfolding,” according to Davis.

Then they whittled the 50 down to 13 finalists. Davis said, “I gave more weight to the stories that seem to be uncontrolled.”

“The guy definitely operated well, kept it under control in a stressful situation,” Ray Meints added.

After a second vote, the judges narrowed them down to their five favorites. Then it took another hour to figure out in what order to award the winners.

Contest chair Merry Murray ran out to pick up pizza while the judges got ready to judge one more category this evening. The final category of the day was Sports, with 40 entries that the judges narrowed down to seven stories to discuss.

“They had great pictures, a lot of hard work, but they didn’t personalize it,” Meints said.

When the full day of judging came to an end, these photographers and their stories had been picked as finalists and winners in Spot News, News Features, and Sports.

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.

Read an earlier story about the judges and their biographies here.

Read Sunday's story here.


Best Use Of Photography 4th Quarter Clip Contest Results

For News, Feature, Picture Pages, Sports, Multi-Page

2005 4th Quarter BUP Results

News entries were judged at Western Kentucky University by Kurt Fattic, Chad Stevens, Tim Broekema and 9 WKU students as observers and participants.

Feature and Picture Page entries were judged at Western Kentucky University by Jeanie Adams-Smith, Tim Broekema, Kurt Fattic, and Chad Stevens.

Sports entries were judged at the University of Miami School of Communication by Loup Langton, Lelen Bourgonie and Kim Grinfeder.

Multiple-page entries were judged at the University of Miami School of Communication by Loup Langton, Lelen Bourgonie and Maggie Steber.


1st: Rocky Mountain News, Nov 11, 2005,
"Final Salute"
Janet Reeves, Todd Heisler and Steve Miller
Judges’ comments: The judges obvious and first reaction was we have a first place upon seeing this entry. However, as discussion ensued it became evident that what we were facing as judges in a “News Page” category of a picture editing contest is that we were facing the process of no longer comparing apples to apples. This project, as we all have seen thanks to the online division of the Rocky Mountain News, is and was very powerful. We were only assuming they entered this package in multiple picture page category but as a single page in a news category we were a bit stumped. And then to further the complication a second full page spread of the “other” photo from this project, the one of the woman sleeping in front of the significant others coffin appeared. There was some lengthy discussion about giving the Rocky Mountain News 1st and 2nd but it was argued that the complexities of picture editing, selecting headlines and captions, working with news editors, page designers, section editors and even the photographers is a much harder and deserving accolade than running perhaps a Pulitzer contender image as a full page spread. The group decided upon awarding the Rocky Mountain News plane picture as 1st place and after further discussion we all agreed to honor the second entry as an HM. The picture of the plane worked its way to the first position fighting against the other picture of the woman in front of the coffin due to the discussion that the plane picture is actually 9 intimate moments, all a moment we can relate to and the women in front of the coffin is one moment. Both equally strong pictures but I feel we and the readers can just relate to the plane picture better. Bottom line. This project is phenomenal and the picture editors, the photo management, the word editors and the photographer and reporter should all be commended for their effort. It is story telling like this, the ability to tell a huge story thru the eyes of few, that really hits home.

2nd: The Hartford Courant, Nov 26, 2005
"Into the light"
Judges’ comments: It was a breath of relief for the judges to see a “positive” news story. One that tells the story of a boy with autism and his single mothers plea for assistance. This is a story about a community coming together to help a member of theirs and the Courant was there to write and record the process. The selection of the one powerful photo was the strength of the design of the page. The judges also noted that the story count was still at four along with a skybox, an index and refers. By looking at the page you would never have realized you were getting that much information and still seeing a well displayed photo.

3rd: Los Angeles Times, Nov 19, 2005,
"A Spiritual Desolation"
Mary Cooney and Damon Winter
Judges’ comments: This is an inside page from a story that started on A1. The judges wished they could have seen what the Times did on A1 as well but they treated the complexity and sincerity of the story well on the inside. The five-column lead picture was emotional and impactful. Playing it any less in size would have diminished the power of the story and the power of the image. The supporting image and the use of the map also helped tell the entire story in just three graphic examples. The photos drew us in and then we read and tried to understand. Good design, strong impact – all of these warrants recognition.

HM: Rocky Mountain News, Nov 11th, 2005,
"Final Salute widow"
Janet Reeves, Todd Heisler and Steve Miller
Judges’ comments: As discussed in the first place entry.

HM: Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2005,
"Gangs in El Salvador"
Gail Fisher and Luis Sinco
Judges’ comments: This page ran with the third place LA Times piece for a long time. It was moved to HM after discussion that the emotion of the lead photo in the third place page was stronger than the dominant. The judges also felt that the photo of “Snoopy” smoking marijuana at a cemetery would have been a stronger dominant.

HM: The Hartford Courant, Nov 13, 2005
"Trying Saddam"
Bruce Moyer and Melanie Shaffer
Judges’ comments: The judges commented on the power of the crop. The choice of using a photo like this forced the viewer to not avoid the eyes. It was interesting to force the viewer to look into the eyes of this man.

HM: The Hartford Courant, Dec 16, 2005
"Sunnis divide support"
David Grewe, Greg Harmel, Thom McGuire and John Scanlon
Judges’ comments: A wire package but well edited and the power of the relationship between the headline and the photo is wonderful. The judges felt it was worth recognition due to the risk in the photo editing process and the overall package telling an important story..

HM: The News and Observer, Dec 11, 2005
"Premiums paid, Claims denied"
Scott Sharpe, Corey Lowenstein, and Jennifer Bowles
Judges’ comments: A well designed page. Simple with strong use of text. The page survived several rounds of editing but as the judges realized it was a business page still alive in a best use of photos contest it became an immediate HM. It isn’t every day business pages get recognized as strong photojournalism use.


1st: The Palm Beach Post, Dec 18, 2005,
"There's no place like suburbia"
Mark Edelson, Carolyn Drake, Nicole Neal and Kristen Bergman Morales
Judges’ comments: There are so many stories on urban spraw, but this is done really well. We like how the headline and readout go so well with secondary image – and this is a slice of life. The whole package is in great harmony.

2nd: The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 27, 2005,
"The source"
Michael Hamtil, Eric Schlegel and Mary Jennings
Judges’ comments: Also harmonious, clean presentation. Dynmaic photo use and excellent display of text, infographics and imagery.

3rd: Los Angeles Times, Oct 17, 2005,
"The defining element"
Hal Wells, Kirk McKoy, Ron Neal and Damon Winter
Judges’ comments: We had a difficult time settling on a third place. The first and second definitely stood above the masses. In our choice for third, it’s not only about the picture (the lighting is nice), but the photo edges may be too perfect. The spot color, the typography the headline and clean presentation on the page is all a creative way to handle a story that may have been mundane.

Honorable mention, judges' comments: Several of the honorable mentions utilized great photography but the use of the image along with the integration of text brought them down just a bit. I wish we could limit the refer use, but of course the style of the section often determines this. With that said, again, overall solid images and use.

HM: The Oregonian, Nov 6, 2005,
“Our lives are going to the dogs"
Jamie Francis, Mike Davis, Reed Darmon and Michael Rollins

HM: The Virginian-Pilot, Oct 9, 2005,
“Big Cheese"

HM: The Dallas Morning News, Oct 30, 2005,
“Making the band"
Michael Hamtil, Smiley Pool and Mary Jennings

HM: The Oregonian, Dec 25, 2005,
“The future of flight"
Stephanie Yao, Mike Davis, Mims Copeland, and Sue Hobart

HM: The Virginian-Pilot, Oct 16, 2005,
“The one that got away"


Judges’ comments: All newspapers run year-in-pictures packages, but we are most impressed with papers that consistently run storytelling multiple picture pages.

One thing that decided the fate of a lot of these pages was the use of words with the imagery. Especially when working with the year-in-review pages, often times the text was too weak for the reader to make a connection of imagery to display.

The theme of the page is usually what brought us to our decisions. If the theme was strong and coherent – among visuals, words and design – they stood out and found their way into the top three.

1st: The Hartford Courant, Dec 11, 2005,
"Detainment and Distress"
Bruce Moyer, Melanie Shaffer with wire photos
Judges’ comments: Less is more. The strong display of only three images that each communicate effectively and most importantly work cohesively with the text. The design doesn’t trump the content – it supports.

2nd: The Palm Beach Post, Nov 6, 2005,
"Rosa Parks"
Mark Edelson with wire photos
Judges’ comments: Although we were somewhat discouraged that it is all wire photography, the editor did a terrific job pulling together a live newspage on an important event and presented a page that has impact through meshing good news photography, typography and text.

3rd: Naples Daily News, Oct 30, 2005,
"Wilma's mark on southwest Florida"
Eric Strachan, Judy Lutz and staff
Judges’ comments: The power and impact of the dominant pulls us in and creates a strong anchor for the page. The dominant and secondary play off of the headline well. There is good visual variety, but a text/info block would really increase the effectiveness of the page. The image of the military personnel image has less effect on the page than the others and weakens the impact of the spread.

HM: The Houston Chronicle, Oct 18, 2005,
"Oh, so close .. again"
Steve Gonzales, Buster Dean, Catherine McIntosh, Swayne Hall, Larry Reese and The N. Pham

HM: The Orlando Sentinel, Dec 25, 2005,
"A Changed Nation"
Ken Lyons, Hilda Perez, Tom Burton, Lee Fiedler with wire photos

HM: Los Angeles Times, Oct 17, 2005,
"I get to keep what I find"
Mary Cooney, Colin Crawford, Calvin Hom and Wally Skalij

HM: La Palma / The Palm Beach Post, Nov 11, 2005,
"El revés de los deportes"
Mark Edelson, Em Mendez and Associated Press photos

HM: Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2005,
"MS-13: An international franchise"
Gail Fisher and Luis Sinco


1st: Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2005,
"A little team that's full of dreams"
Calvin Hom and Damon Winter
Judges’ comments: A terrific lead photo run with enough size to give it full impact and allow the reader to see the details of the background. The spread uses only three photos that all add to the story in different ways. Each is given appropriate size, surrounded by heavy borders to give them special attention and then given plenty of white space. The photos on this page and the way in which they are used not only makes the viewer appreciate their story-telling qualities but also entices one to read the words.

2nd: The Houston Chronicle, Dec 8, 2005,
“So hard to say goodbye"
Judges’ comments: Judges liked the simplicity of the image and the page built around it. The strong vertical photograph was given appropriate size to carry the page without distraction, and the raised fist of Clemens strengthened the vertical perception. The headline worked with the down-turned head. The three other photos on the page were tight and small so that nothing took attention away from the dominant photo.

3rd: The Palm Beach Post, Dec 5, 2005,
"Unshakable poise"
Mark Edelson, Dave Marsters, Gary Coronado, Allen Eyestone, Damon Higgins, Bruce R.Bennett
Judges’ comments: This is a classic picture page with a strong dominant photo in the center, a tighter photo with a strong moment at the top and three good point pictures across the bottom. The men’s and women’s marathon winners are the subjects of the two larger photos. The design provides a clean page that draws the eye to the photos without any distractions.

Honorable mentions, judges’ comments: HM's were all tightly edited and made good use of dominant images.

HM: The Palm Beach Post, Nov 20, 2005,
"Victory begins in the pits"
Mark Edelson, Damon Higgins and Tom Elia

HM: The Palm Beach Post, Dec 4, 2005,
"Class 2B State Championship"
Mark Edelson, Allen Eyestone and Gary Coronado

HM: The Houston Chronicle, Oct 27, 2005,
"Black Sox no more"

HM: The Dallas Morning News, Oct 9, 2005,
"Back on top"
Alysin Oglesby and Louis DeLuca

HM: Naples Daily News, Oct 28, 2005,
"Everblades, Special Section"
Eric Strachan and Darron Silva


1st: The Rocky Mountain News, Nov 11, 2005,
"Final Salute"
Janet Reeves, Todd Heisler and Steve Miller
Judges' comments: The judges felt that the newspaper should be rewarded on two counts, first, for devoting the space and time to such an important story and second, for the excellent way in which it visually told the story. The photographs are powerful and rich in content. The story is explored in depth yet feels tightly edited – not one photograph seems to be superfluous. The most striking images are given great size, and the pages that contain multiple photographs flow nicely. As viewers we’re led on an emotional and intellectual journey that makes us grieve along with the families.

2nd: Los Angeles Times, Nov 13, 2005,
"When Family Matter Turns into a Business"
Gail Fisher and Francine Orr
Judges' comments: This is another important story yet one that remains largely hidden. The Times devoted significant space to tell the story in both words and pictures. The photographs cover many levels of the issue and suggest a range of emotions. As with the first place winner, there are a great number of photographs published yet none feel like they should be eliminated. Each page has a striking dominant image, and the black borders give the photos a feeling of elegance.

3rd (Tie): The Palm Beach Post, Dec 18,
Mark Edelson, Carolyn Drake, Nicole Neal, Kristen Bergman Morales, Pete Cross, John J. Lopinot
Judges' comments: This is a terrific photographic essay that explores a variety of suburban community member’s lives, activities, moods, relationships, etc. The photographs are sequenced in chapters, and each page successfully combines a variety of topics in a way that makes the page seem unified and aesthetically pleasing. Several photographs are given good size for impact, and the white space adds to the elegance of each page.

3rd (Tie): Los Angeles Times, Nov 19, 2005,
"Missionary's Dark Legacy"
Mary Cooney and Damon Winter
Judges' comments: Once again the Times has explored an important story that has received very little attention. The photographs are done with dignity, and the paper’s presentation of the photographs is equally delicate. Each page has a powerful dominant image that pulls the reader into the page. Secondary photographs add information and mood.

Honorable mentions, judges' comments: Judges felt that all of the Awards of Excellence were well executed with good use of dominant photographs and white space, strong topics and overall display. We also felt that they did not rise to the same level as the top award winners mostly because they were not as tightly edited. Nevertheless, these papers should be commended for award-level work.

HM: The Palm Beach Post, Oct - Nov 2005,
"Hurricane Wilma"

HM: Patuxent Publishing Co., Oct 27, 2005,
"24 Hours"
Tenney Mason, Francis Gardler, Ed Bunyan, Sherry DiBari, Nicole Martyn, Matt Roth, Hans Ericsson, Lisa Johnson, David Fronapfel and Kendrick Brinson

HM: The Hartford Courant, Oct 30, 2005,
"The Year After Fallujah"
David Grewe, Greg Harmel, Suzette Moyer, Thom McGuire, John Scanlon and Bradley E.Clift.

HM: Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2005,
"Gang uses deportation to its advantage to flourish in U.S."
Gail Fisher and Luis Sinco

HM: The Hartford Courant, Oct 9, 2005,
"The crisis that's not over yet"
Bruce Moyer, Bradley E. Clift and Suzette Moyer


1st quarter 2005 BUP results

2nd quarter 2005 BUP results

3rd quarter 2005 BUP results

Comments? Corrections? More information? Next quarter's deadline? Contact BUP contest chair Mark Edelson at m[email protected].


Los Angeles Times Wins NPPA's 2005 Best Use Of Photography Quarterly Clip Contest

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – NPPA’s Best Use Of Photography Quarterly Clip Contest chairperson Mark Edelson, of The Palm Beach Post, today released the 4th Quarter Clip Contest results and the 2005 final results and yearly winners.

The Los Angeles Times is the 2005 Best Use Of Photography Quarterly Clip Contest winner, with 530 total points for all four quarters. Second place is a tie between The Hartford Courant and The Palm Beach Post with 420 points each, and third place is The Dallas Morning News.

The final top point standings for 2005 were:

530 Los Angeles Times
420 The Hartford Courant
420 The Palm Beach Post
240 The Dallas Morning News
180 Orlando Sentinel
130 The Oregonian
120 The Virginian-Pilot
90 Naples Daily News
90 Rocky Mountain News
70 Houston Chronicle
70 San Antonio Express-News

Edelson said there were other newspapers whose entries earned recognition, including:

The Albuquerque Tribune
Anchorage Daily News
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Columbia Daily Tribune
The Commercial Appeal
The Concord Monitor
Florida Times-Union
The Gainesville Sun
Indianapolis Star
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The News & Observer
Patuxent Publishing Co.
Salt Lake Tribune
San Jose Mercury News
Scripps Howard Treasure Coast Newspapers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Tacoma News Journal

Fourth quarter results by categories, along with judges' comments, are here.


McLoughlin, Zibluk, Win Region 1 & 7 Special Elections

DURHAM, NC - February's special online elections to select directors and associate directors in Regions 1 and 7 ended at midnight February 28, and NPPA national secretary Sean Elliot counted the votes today and then notified the winners.

In Region 1, incumbent director Michelle McLoughlin defeated challenger Bill Southworth, 67-18, with three write-in votes cast for John Walker. For associate director, Justin Ide narrowly defeated Steven Frischling, 44-41, with a single write-in vote for Walker.

In Region 7, Jack Zibluk defeated Merry Murray 51-24 for director, while Karen Segrave defeated T. Rob Brown for associate director with a vote tally of 41-33.

The newly elected officers assume their new posts immediately.

Elliot reports that Region 1's total of 88 votes represents a 14.5 percent voter turnout, while Region 7's total of 75 ballots represents a 21 percent voter turnout.

"I especially want to thank the candidates for their willingness to run for office," Elliot said tonight, "and the regional nominating committees for their work in presenting such well-qualified slates for their members in the two regions, and the members in each region for exercising their right and casting ballots."

The candidates' biographies and their campaign statements are here.


Snider's "Distant Echoes" Featured On Google's Video Blog

David Snider of The Photography Channel has produced a video, “Distant Echoes,” which deals with the exceptional hardships faced by black farmers in America, featuring the photographs and narration of photojournalist and NPPA member John Francis Ficara. “Distant Echoes” is now featured on Google’s Video Blog.

Screen Grabs From David Snider's VideoFicara spent five years photographing black farmers around American and his essay about them won the NPPA-Nikon Sabbatical Grant in 2001. The work has just been an exhibit in Baltimore and published as a book, Black Farmers In America, and the photographs and Ficara’s words have now been produced in this new video format by Snider.

Since the 1920s black American farmers have lost 98% percent of their farms. Ficara’s book says that black Americans made up 14 percent of all farmers in 1920 and worked 16 million acres of land, but that today black farmers are less than 1 percent of the nation’s farmers and are working on less than 3 million acres. Changing technology, globalization, an aging workforce, racist lending policies, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture itself each contributed, in some way, to the demise of the black farmer in America, the book says, creating “a staggering story of human loss: when each farm closed, those farmers, their spouses, children, grandchildren, and the people they hired, all had to leave a way of life that had existed in their families for generations.”

Snider’s new video “Distant Echoes” can be seen here.


Max Bittle Wins NPPA Student Clip Contest

STATE UNIVERSITY, AR – Max Bittle, a junior photojournalism major at Southern Illinois University, is the winner of the 2004-2005 NPPA Student Clip Contest. “Bittle's consistent professional-level work won him notice in news, sports and features categories,” Student Quarterly Clip Contest coordinator Jack Zibluk of Arkansas State University said today when announcing the winner. “Bittle is no stranger to the contest. He was the third place winner in the previous year's competition.”

Bittle had an extended internship at the St. Petersburg Times recently but is now back at Southern Illinois University in school.

Second place in the contest went to Melanie Blanding, of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and third place went to Jonathan D. Woods, who is also a WKU photojournalism student.

“The top students placed consistently through at least two quarters, across many categories," Zibluk said, “and they all had professional-level work." More than 100 students from a dozen schools participated in the student contest this year, in its first year to be carried out online. The contest went online beginning with the December contest, the result of a partnership between NPPA and, a leading student and educational Web site.

“The online contest was the number one contest priority over the past two years," Zibluk said. "It opens up participation to a much bigger number of students. The December contest attracted about 120 participants, more than double the usual number.”

Photo from Max Bittle's portfolio


Ashburn, Testa, Awarded Getty Editorial Grants

Photojournalists Kristen Ashburn and Andrew Testa have each been named recipients of a $20,000 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, Getty announced last night at a dinner in New York City.

Kristen AshburnAshburn won for her project "AIDS and Faith in Zimbabwe" and will use her Getty grant to document HIV and AIDS patients there, Getty said in their release, as well as reporting on churches and other places of worship that offer support and hope to AIDS victims, organizations that have grown in regions where AIDS has had a significant impact on the area.

The winner of the 2004 Canon Female Photojournalist Award, Ashburn is represented by Contact Press Images. Her interest in photojournalism bloomed in 1994 when she was still in college and while working as a humanitarian relief working in Romania, where she photographed neurologically impaired orphans. Since then she’s covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and extensively reported on AIDS in Zimbabwe, her first trips there being self-financed, and won awards in NPPA’s annual contest as well as in World Press Photo.

Ashburn's photography has appeared in leading publications including The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Mother Jones, Le Figaro in France, D Magazine in Italy, The Telegraph Sunday Magazine, and others. In 2002 she was given the Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic photography, and she is one of the director of "Through The Eyes Of Children: The Rwanda Project."

Testa, originally from Britain and a freelancer there, won for his project "New Beginning For Kosovo." He will use the support of the grant to document Kosovo in the era after 1999’s peace agreement and the days leading up to a scheduled referendum this year that is intended to determine who will control the future of the war-torn land, Getty said.

Andrew TestaHe is the director of photography for Gazeta Express, a daily newspaper in Kosovo, and is still a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Observer. He began covering Kosovo in 1998, and in 1999 covered the Balkans for Newsweek and The New York Times. He’s also covered Afghanistan and Iraq for Newsweek.

Testa’s photographs have appeared in many publications, including The Observer, The Guardian, Stern, Das Magazin, The Independent, Paris-Match, and Der Speigel, and in 1997 he was selected as one of twelve photographers to participate in a World Press Photo masterclass, the same year he won the Nikon Photo Essay Award for his ongoing coverage of the “environmental road protest movement” in England. He is represented today by Panos Pictures.

Ashburn and Testa were picked as the two winners by three judges: David Burnett, photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images; Giovanna Calvenzi, photography editor for Sportweek in Italy; and Natasha Lunn, a photography editor for The New Yorker.

A second round of 2006 grant winners will be announced later this year. Applicants for the second round face an application deadline of June 15, 2006. Winners will be announced in Perpignan, France, at Visa pour l’Image in September. Application guidelines are online at

Getty says there were 110 applicants from 29 countries who vied for the first round of 2006 grants. Since the program began in 2004, Getty has awarded seven grants of $20,000 each “to fund, support, and inspire the best global talent in photojournalism.” Five of the grants are awarded annually, totaling $100,000, “to fund work by established and rising photojournalists.” Grant recipients also receive support from Getty’s picture editors for one year, and are offered the chance to sign a one-year exclusive rights agreement with Getty to have their work marketed and sold on

Getty also announced last night that Aidan Sullivan, vice president for editorial photographer relations, has joined the grant team and will the new director of their grant efforts.


NPPA's 2006 Best Of Photojournalism: Ready To Pick Winners

DURHAM, NC – All of the entries are in and categorized, the judges are standing by, and the winners are just waiting to be picked in NPPA's 2006 Best Of Photojournalism contest, the largest BOP competition to date. Photographers entered more than 55,000 still images in this year's competition and by this time they have finished using NPPA's online contest portal to make any final adjustments to their entries and captions. The next step in the NPPA's fifth annual contest is for the judging to begin.

"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.

Entries in the Best Of Photojournalism contest 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 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's editing categories begins April 3 at the Ohio University School of Visual Communication in Athens, OH, coordinated by VisCom's director, Terry Eiler. Judges for the editing categories, where there are 1,600 magazine entries from the States and abroad, are: Nancy Andrews, director of photography for the Detroit Free Press; Bert Fox, a photography editor for National Geographic; Boyzell Hosey, director of photography for the St. Petersburg Times; and Peter Howe, a photography editor and author who is the former director of photography for Life and the former picture editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

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.

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.