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Freelance Photojournalist Don Murray, 45

Freelance photojournalist Don Murray, 45, died Friday of a heart attack while driving to his Mount Laurel, NJ, beach home following an assignment in New York, his agency ZUMA Press announced today. Murray freelanced for the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, The Washington Post, Time, the Associated Press and others, and he was represented by ZUMA.

Murray left his job at IBM in the 1990s to pursue his passion for photojournalism, and ZUMA’s director and founder Scott Mc Kiernanremembers Murray as “a hard core news photographer and a go-getter who would never fail to deliver the money shot. Don will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.”

Murray’s oldest son Michael Murray, 23, told the New York Post, “He just loved his job. He loved it all. And he was a true professional.” Murray’s photographic Web site with his portfolio is online at www.pressimages.net.

Murray is survived by his wife, Berjoohy, and sons Michael and David, 21. A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday June 2 at the Holy Trinity Church, 101 Ashmead Road, Cheltenham, PA.

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WKU's Jim Winn Wins Hearst Photojournalism Championship

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Winning college photojournalists in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program were announced last night during an awards dinner in San Francisco. Jim Winn, of Western Kentucky University, is the first place photojournalist winning a $5,000 scholarship. Daron Dean of the University of Florida, an NPPA member since 2002, finished second with a $4,000 scholarship, and Haraz Ghanbari of Kent State University, an NPPA member since 2001, finished third with a $3,000 scholarship.

Hearst program director Jan C. Watten said there were also three runners-up in the photojournalism championship who will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. They are Melanie Holloway Blanding, of Western Kentucky University, an NPPA member since 2002; Erik Jacobs, of Western Kentucky University, and Ray M. Jones, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A $1,000 award for Best Single Photograph went to Jacobs, and a $1,000 award for Best Picture Story or Series went to Blanding.

Semi-finalists in the photojournalism championship each receive $1,000 scholarships. They are Wiqan Ang, Western Kentucky University;Chris Bergin, Ball State University; Justin Cook, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; David Degner, Western Kentucky University,Emily G. Harris, University of Florida; and Dana M. Rieber, Western Kentucky University.

The championship was held in San Francisco from May 23 to May 28. Finalists were brought to the city to demonstrate their photography skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments, and were then judged by a panel of professionals brought in to evaluate their work.

More information about the winners, including winners in the writing and broadcast news championships, is available online at www.hearstfdn.org.

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NPPA Honors, Awards, Presented At National Best Of Photojournalism Day

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The National Press Photographers Association's Honors and Recognitions Committee tonight presented awards to the top winners of the 2005 Best Of Photojournalism photography, television, Web, and editing contests, as well as recognizing those individuals who have supported NPPA and who have assisted photojournalism, and photojournalists, and who have contributed to the betterment of our profession during the past year.

Wally McNamee and Rob Galbraith were presented with the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by NPPA. Established in 1949, it is awarded annually to not more than two persons of high achievement in the profession and it is given to those who advance, elevate, or attain unusual recognition for photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, skill, and devotion to duty.

McNamee, who started photography with a Speed Graphic in the U.S. Marine Corps, went to work for The WashingtonPost in 1956 covering news, sports, and then later the Vietnam war. In 1968 he joined the Washington bureau ofNewsweek magazine where he spent the next three decades covering the world’s top stories. His photographs wereNewsweek covers more than 100 times. McNamee was one of the few photographers who traveled with President Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972. He also covered numerous Olympics and, at great risk, sailed on a small boat from Barbados to Grenada to be one of the first to witness the liberation of that island by American soldiers in the early 1980s.

The Sprague Award was presented to McNamee this year because, as NPPA past-president and Honors and Recognition Committee chairperson Todd Stricker said, "Even in retirement, he's continued to serve as an inspiration to young photojournalists by serving as a speaker and faculty member at many photojournalism seminars and workshops, and he continues to stay active by counseling young students with his expertise."

Rob Galbraith is a digital photojournalist and imaging consultant who created www.robgalbraith.com in 1996 as "an exercise in self publishing" for his documentary photo stories. What evolved was a Web presence for photojournalists around the world to learn how to use digital cameras and to stay proficient in the daily developments in technology that wash over digital photography. Galbraith was a staff photographer at the Calgary Herald in Canada, but now his "day job" is teaching photographers and photo department managers the world over how to use today's equipment to their maximum benefit. He's the author of The Digital Photojournalist's Guide which was released in its fourth edition in 1999.

The Sprague Award was presented to Galbraith this year for "creating a place and atmosphere where photojournalists can keep up-to-date in the latest tools of their trade, exchange information in an easy-to-use forum, and in general get the information they need to make equipment decisions in a fast-changing market and workplace."

Author Sydney H. Schanberg and photography editor David Griffin were each presented with the Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit. The McLaughlin Award is given to those who render continuing outstanding service in the interest of news photography, whether or not they are members of the profession. (McLaughlin was the third president of NPPA and a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle until his death in 1952.)

Schanberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who covered Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for The New York Times and whose first-person reporting of the fall of Cambodia won journalism’s top honor. His coverage of Dith Pran’s escape from Cambodia was the basis of the movie, “The Killing Fields.”

Griffin is a senior editor for National Geographic magazine and is the director of photography and illustrations. He's the former creative director for U.S. News & World Report magazine. Before that he was Geographic's director of layout and design after being design director of the book division. He's been a newspaper photographer and was the College Photographer of the Year in 1978, as well as being NPPA's Newspaper Magazine Picture Editor of the Year in 1987 and 1988.

Schanberg was presented with the McLaughlin Award in recognition of his ongoing support of documentary photojournalism and conflict photography, and for promoting truth and honesty in photojournalism and heralding the value of its presentation.

Griffin was presented with the McLaughlin Award in recognition of his continuing outstanding service in the interest of photojournalism, for redesigning News Photographer magazine in 2003 as a gift of his talents to the NPPA, and for his gracious availability as an ongoing design consultant to the NPPA's editor, for which the magazine’s staff and readers are exceedingly grateful.

John B. (Jack) Zibluk of Arkansas State University was presented with the Robin F. Garland Educator Award, an honor given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator. Zibluk was recognized for his teaching, his dedication to photojournalism and its students, and his unyielding stance in defense of ethics, equality, diversity and educational opportunities. He’s the coordinator of the photojournalism sequence at Arkansas State as well as continuing to work as an author, columnist, and news photographer. Garland was a picture editor and war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post until he joined Graflex Inc. as press technical representative after World War II. Later he became a press photography products specialist.

Photojournalist Kim Komenich of the San Francisco Chronicle was presented with the Clifton Edom Award for his tireless efforts as a teacher, speaker, and constant promoter of professionalism in photojournalism. The Edom Award recognizes an individual who, in the tradition of Cliff Edom, has inspired and motivated members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights. Edom taught at the University of Missouri for 29 years and has been credited with coining the term "photojournalism."

Komenich won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his photographic coverage of the Philippine revolution. He's been at the Chronicle since 1982 and he's a co-founder of the San Francisco Exposure gallery, a non-profit exhibit space for issue-based social documentary photography. The Edom Award went to Komenich this year because, Stricker says, Komenich "encourages photojournalists to think, to communicate, and to see how the visuals connect the viewer to the story through a language all their own."

Professor John Freeman of the University of Florida was presented with the John Durniak Mentor Citation. This honor is given to an individual who has served as an outstanding mentor, either to a specific individual or to photojournalism in general, and nominations for this award come from working photojournalists. Freeman was given the Durniak Citation this year for "his continued support of photojournalism students, both during their time at school and after graduation." The professor has headed UF's photojournalism sequence since 1991, and he was named NPPA Educator of the Year in 2001. Formerly he was a staff photographer at The Wichita Eagle and earlier had internships at The Palm Beach Postand The Arizona Republic.

Durniak, the award's namesake, was executive editor of Popular Photography magazine, a picture editor at Timemagazine and The New York Times, and the managing editor of Look magazine. He was an enthusiastic mentor who nurtured some of the most prominent photojournalists of the 20th century. Durniak died in November 1997.

Photojournalist Todd Maisel of the New York Daily News, who is also NPPA's Region 2 associate director, was presented with the Samuel Mellor Award in recognition of his work to fight the 2004 proposed ban on photography in the New York subway and transit system, as well as for his continued work in other areas to defend and protect the rights of photojournalists. This citation honors the memory of NPPA's second national treasurer (1948-1950) who set an example of devotion to NPPA ideals. The award is given to the regional associate director (formerly regional secretary-treasurer) judged most outstanding in the performance of his or her duties. Presentation of the award was resumed in 1983 after a seven-year hiatus. Samuel Mellor was a photographer for the New York Post until his death in 1954.

J. Bruce Baumann, executive editor of The Courier & Press in Evansville, IN, was presented with the Jim Gordon Editor Of The Year Award. Baumann has been a long-time supporter of the NPPA and an ardent champion of documentary photojournalism and photojournalists. This year's Editor Of The Year Award is "in recognition of his hard work and dedication to move the industry standards of photojournalism forward, and for leading The Courier & Press to the position of the Indiana Newspaper of the Year," Stricker said.

Baumann, formerly the assistant managing editor of The Pittsburgh Press and a National Geographic photographer, is one of the few editors from the visual or photography side of newspapers to rise to the top editor's position in American newspapers. The Jim Gordon Editor Of The Year Award is given "to the editor of an outstanding newspaper, magazine, video, movie, Web site, book, or other publication or broadcast that supports and promotes strong photojournalism, and the best use of photography, and whose individual dedication and efforts have moved photojournalism's standards forward while also advancing the best interests of all photographers."

Baumann was the winner of NPPA's Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award in 1992. Established in 1949, the Sprague Award is the organization's highest honor given to a working photojournalist or editor who advances, elevates, or attains unusual recognition for the profession of photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, skill, and devotion to duty. Four times Baumann has been named NPPA's Picture Editor of the Year, and he is director of NPPA's annual Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop held at Ball State University's College of Communication, Information, and Media in Muncie, IN.

The Joseph Costa Award, established in 1954, is given to an individual for "their outstanding initiative, leadership and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in the tradition of Joseph Costa, the founder of NPPA, its first president and chairman of the board." Costa also edited the official NPPA magazine, then called the National Press Photographer, from the charter issue in 1946 until 1966 when he turned the helm over to editor Cal Olson (now of Fargo, ND) after Costa published 257 consecutive issues of the magazine over 21 years. For nearly 44 years Costa was a photographer, chief photographer, or photo supervisor for the New York Morning News, the New York Daily News, and the New York Daily Mirror. Until 1985 he taught photojournalism at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, where he was awarded an honorary degree upon retirement. Costa died in 1988.

This year the Costa Award was presented to Donald R. Winslow, the current editor of News Photographer magazine, himself a Hoosier who was born in Indiana, not all that far from Ball State University, in the same year the award was created. Winslow was a photojournalist for The Wabash Plain Dealer in Wabash, IN, and The Republic, in Columbus, IN, before becoming a picture editor for The Milwaukee Sentinel, The Pittsburgh Press, The Palm Beach Post, and a senior photographer and editor for Reuters in Washington, DC. He was director of photography for CNET Networks in San Francisco, CA, and a freelance photojournalist in the Bay Area before becoming NPPA's publications editor in 2003 whenJim Gordon retired after 25 years as News Photographer magazine's longest-running editor. (Gordon published 304 consecutive issues plus some annual directories, surpassing Costa's publication count by 47.) Stricker said the Costa Award this year was given for "breathing new life into News Photographer magazine, and for exhibiting a commitment to the advancement of NPPA."

Mark Bell, president of ENGsafety.com, was presented with the J. Winton Lemen Award for "providing the photojournalism community with a sensible, constant voice on safety issues, and for his tireless efforts to bring safety awareness to the working photojournalist and their employers." The Lemen Award is given to those who render continuing outstanding service in the interest of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography. For three decades Bell has worked in television engineering and broadcasting and was one of the early adopters of ENG technology and the conversion of vehicles into mobile ENG facilities. In 1997 he was the lead editor of one of the most comprehensive ENG safety reports to date, and in 1998 he produced the NPPA's publication "Look Up And Live" for television photojournalists who operate television ENG mast trucks. J. Winton Lemen, the award's namesake, was a charter member of the NPPA and after a distinguished photographic career, he established the photo press market division of the Eastman Kodak company.

Alex Burrows, director of photography for The Virginian-Pilot, was presented with the Morris Berman NPPA Citation in recognition of his outstanding service for ten years as the chairperson for the NPPA Picture Editing Quarterly Clip Contest (PEQCC). Berman was a past president of the NPPA. Before he died in 2002, Berman had attended every one of NPPA’s conventions. The Berman citation is given to an individual for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism.

NPPA's Regional Publication Award was presented Region 10's Web site, www.nppa10.org. Region 10's director is Matt McColl of KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, and the associate director is Sarah Orr of the Napa Valley Register in Napa, CA. Jeff Gritchen, of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA, is the online editor and Webmaster. The award was given, Stricker says, "for continually striving to maintain the best content and presentation for the members of Region 10, and for making the entire Region feel like a part of the publication by including streaming video as part of their online presence."

NPPA member Timothy W. Horstman was presented with the NPPA’s Humanitarian Award for putting his own life at risk in order to help a family who had been carjacked. "His unselfish and courageous behavior helped police catch the suspect, saving a mother and her three children from harm," Stricker said.

NPPA's Outstanding Student Chapter Award this year goes to the University of Florida for "continuing the tradition of excellence in photojournalism for its students."

NPPA President’s Medals were presented to Cheryl Grant, formerly a news director at WZZM-TV, and WZZM-TV's Tim Geraghty, as well as to Susan Gould, Ilene Gould, Isaac Gould, and Mindy L. Baker. The President's Award is awarded at the discretion of the president to recognize special services that have been provided to the NPPA.

Earlier this year, winners were judged in the 2005 Best Of Photojournalism contest for photography, television, Web, and picture editing. JimGehrz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was named NPPA BOP Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and Corky Scholl of KUSA-TV in Denver, CO, was named the NPPA BOP Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year. Brian Weister of KMGH-TV in Denver is the Television Editor of the Year, and freelance photojournalist Jon Lowenstein of Chicago was honored with Clif Edom's "New America Award."

Mark Edelson of The Palm Beach Post was the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year, and Time magazine's picture editing team of MicheleStephenson, MaryAnne Golon, and Mark Rykoff won the top picture editing honors for magazines. The Los Angeles Times won for Best Use of Pictures in the Editing category for large newspapers, and The Concord Monitor won the same honor for newspapers with circulation less than 75,000.

The history of NPPA's awards and honors as well as a full list of the past winners is online here.

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NPPA Board Meets Until 4 A.M. In San Antonio

Alicia Wagner Calzada

SAN ANTONIO, TX  – The National Press Photographers Association's annual two-day board of directors meeting ran long and ended in the early hours of Saturday morning with the passing of a new annual budget for the coming fiscal year and electing new national officers.

Alicia Wagner Calzada, a staff photojournalist for Rumbo in San Antonio, TX, was elected president, and photojournalistTony Overman, Region 11's director from Olympia, WA, was elected vice president. Jim Sulley, vice president for the Americas for Newscast in New York, NY, who was once Region 2's director and associate director and who has served six years on the NPPA board, was elected treasurer.

Jim SulleyPhotojournalist Sean Elliot of The Day in Norwich, CT, remains as the organization's national secretary, andMatt McColl, Region 10's director from KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, NV, was elected as the Executive Committee board representative. (This year candidates for the E.C. board representative could come only from even numbered Regions). Outgoing president Bob Gould of WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, becomes the immediate past president, a post that also serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

Two board members were elected to the Judiciary Committee: Harry DiOrio, Region 2 director from New York, NY, and Sarah Orr, Region 10 associate director from Napa, CA. Lalo Garcia of News 8 Austin has been re-appointed chairperson for the Judiciary Committee by incoming president Calzada for another term.

The board went way past the hour it was scheduled to adjourn on Friday night, meeting until after 4 a.m. on Saturday morning performing a meticulous line-by-line examination of the proposed 2005-2006 fiscal year budget, conducting evaluations, and electing new officers. The board made adjustments and changes on almost every line item of the budget to bring programs and costs into line with the organization’s revenues and forecasts. By a unanimous vote, the board adopted NPPA's 2005-2006 budget of $1.352 million dollars at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

After adopting the budget, the remaining time in the meeting was spent doing the executive editor's annual review, hearing a presentation on News Photographer magazine, electing national officers, and appointing Judiciary Committee members. At one point around 2 a.m. Saturday morning a hotel security guard informed the board that they had to leave the meeting room, it was past the time meetings were allowed to continue and that cleaning crews were waiting to set up the room for the next day's meeting. Minutes later, the guard came back to say the the meeting could continue after all, the hotel employees had stopped waiting and gone home for the night.

During the meeting that officially started Thursday morning, the board heard reports on several annual events including the Flying Short Course, the Women in Photojournalism Conference, the Northern Short Course, and the NPPA's upcoming 60th anniversary event. Other topics the board discussed include the location of the national office, national office staffing levels, NPPA membership cards, funding for promotional and marketing initiatives, and other budgetary issues.

NPPA past president Clyde Mueller gave the board a report on the Best Of Photojournalism still photography contest, and Merry Murray-Rogers and Mike Harrity reported on the Best Of Photojournalism television photography and editing contest.

A number of resolutions were voted on by the board during the two-day meeting.

The treasurer’s term of office resolution modifying the national treasurer's length of term from a four-year term to a two-year term passed.

A resolution proposed by NPPA outgoing president Gould established the Cutting Edge Workshop as a standing committee in the NPPA bylaws was passed.

A resolution to change the chairperson of the Executive Committee on Nominations making the NPPA's past president the Chair of the EC Committee on Nominations instead of the post being filled by the Executive Committee Board Member Representative was amended and passed so that the president appoints the nominations committee chair.

A resolution to de-limit the terms for Executive Committee members and allow for the re-election of the president, with the past president serving another term on the Executive Committee, passed.

A resolution lowering NPPA membership dues for those serving in the military was amended to create a separate military division in the membership categories, with no reduction in dues, and then passed.

A resolution establishing that the Finance Committee be chaired by the national treasurer and be populated by the vice president and two other members, any one of which shall be a member of the previous year's Finance Committee (excluding the past president, president, and secretary), and that they be appointed by the board of directors at the annual business meeting, was amended. An amended resolution establishing that the vice president shall sit on the Finance Committee along with two committee members appointed by the treasurer was passed.

The resolution that establishes the treasurer as a non-voting member of the Executive committee was rejected.

A resolution to impose a time limit for approving the Executive Committee's meeting minutes failed.

A resolution to return to the previous practice of proposed resolutions being provided to the NPPA board of directors 90 days before a meeting, and the resolution must contain the exact language of the affected section of the Bylaws so that there is no potential for misunderstanding was postponed indefinitely.

A resolution calling for chairmen of NPPA educational programs and workshops be appointed by the NPPA president at least one year prior to the planned date of the event (so that educational programs can be planned well in advance and save money) was postponed indefinitely.

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NPPA National Best Of Photojournalism Day A Hit

NPPA's National Best of Photojournalism day at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown San Antonio, TX, on the city's famous Riverwalk, was filled with educational speakers, break-out workshops, and wrapped up at night with a BOP awards dinner. The special event marked the end of NPPA's annual two-day board of directors meeting, including the installation of the new national officers.

The executive committee and board of directors met in San Antonio starting on Wednesday June 22, and NPPA's official business meeting continued through Thursday and concluded at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning. The board spent many hours Friday afternoon, Friday night, and Saturday morning going over the association's proposed budget for the 2005-2006 Fiscal Year before adopting the $1.35 million dollar spreadsheet.

Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, the morning's keynote speaker, reported on the state of the First Amendment and what's being done about the ongoing assault on journalists' freedoms. In conjunction with his address the First Amendment Center released the results of a study aimed at America's perception of the First Amendment. Policinski, a 27-year journalism veteran who started with newspapers in Indiana before moving to the Gannett News Service bureau in Washington, DC, was the page one editor for USA Today and the founding editor for USA Today Baseball Weekly before joining the Freedom Forum in 1996.

Educational workshop speakers included BOP Newspaper Photographer of the Year Jim Gehrz, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and BOP Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year Corky Scholl, of KUSA-TV, Denver, CO. Other speakers included Scott Mc Kiernan, director of ZUMA Press in Laguna Beach, CA, and a presentation by Eric Kehe, director of photography for Denver's KUSA-TV, the BOP large market Station of the Year.

Also in the line-up of speakers was NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television Editor of the Year Brian Weister, of KMGH-TV in Denver, CO, who talked about the art of editing and what he did to be NPPA's Editor of the Year two years running; Andrea Bruce Woodall, a staff photojournalist for The Washington Post who focused on community journalism in Iraq without being embedded with the military; Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press, who talked about their coverage in Iraq and the Pulitzer Prize-winning essay from their war coverage; and Greg Smith, NPPA's Business Practices Commmittee chair, who talked about issues facing freelance photojournalists today and NPPA's "Best Practices" business recommendations.

The BOP awards banquet followed Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. and include Television and Still photography awards along with the Sprague Awards and other NPPA honors and recognitions.

New NPPA national officers were sworn in Saturday evening before the awards. Alicia Wagner Calzada, a staff photojournalist for Rumbo in San Antonio, was elected president, and Tony Overman, Region 11 director from Olympia, WA, was elected vice president. Jim Sulley, who has served six years on the NPPA board as a Regional director or associate director, was elected treasurer.

Jim Gehrz grew up in St. Paul, MN, where he dreamed of some day taking photographs for one of the hometown newspapers. While studying at Hamline University took photographs for the school’s news bureau and also freelanced for community newspapers in the area. His first fulltime newspaper job was at the Worthington Daily Globe where he worked for a year-and-a-half before becoming a staff photojournalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a position he held for nearly 14 years. In 1999 he joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press, then joined the photography staff at the Minneapolis Star Tribune in January 2004. He’s has been named state Photographer of the Year ten times (four times by the Minnesota News Photographers Association, six by the Wisconsin News Photographers Association) and one of his photographs from Super Bowl XXXII was honored as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Photograph of the Year.

Washington Post photographer Andrea Bruce Woodall has traveled to Iraq five times since the war began. Most recently, she arrived a week shy of the first anniversary of the invasion in March and stayed through a period in which a widespread insurgency against the U.S. occupation flared anew, and U.S. fatalities approached 1,000.

She was born in Lafayette, IN, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 with a degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Although reporting was her concentration in school, her senior year introduced her to photography where she discovered her passion for photojournalism. After several internships, she started her newspaper photography career in 1997 atThe Concord Monitor in New Hampshire where she worked for four years. After a short stint on the photo staff at The St. Petersburg Times, she landed a staff job at The Washington Post in 2001. In 1999 she was named the New Hampshire Press Photographer of the year. She has been named White House News Photographer of the Year in 2003 for her coverage of Washington, DC, post September 11th, and her pictures of former Vice President Al Gore. This year she was again named White House News Photographer of the Year and was awarded the John Faber Overseas Press Club Award for photos of an Iraqi prostitute. She lives in Maryland with her two dogs.

Santiago Lyon is director of photography of The Associated Press, responsible for the AP's global photography report and the hundreds of photographers and photo editors worldwide who produce it. He has 20 years' experience in news service photography and has won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe. Under Lyon's direction, the war in Iraq earned the AP its 48th Pulitzer Prize in 2005, for work by a team of photographers. The AP's winning entry for breaking news photography, its 29th for photography, consisted of 20 photos from Iraq by 11 different photographers, five of them Iraqis.

Lyon joined AP in 1991 in Cairo, Egypt, after working for United Press International and Reuters. He has covered stories in Mexico, Central and South America, the 1991 Gulf War, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Yemen, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In 1995, while on assignment in Sarajevo, he was wounded by mortar shrapnel. Lyon served as AP photo editor for Spain and Portugal from 1995 until 2003, when he accepted a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

Scott Mc Kiernan boasts over 30 years of wide ranging experience in photojournalism as a photographer, picture editor, and agent. Averaging 300 assignments annually for more than a decade, Mc Kiernan developed a reputation as a world-class shooter and he founded ZUMA Press in 1995. ZUMA Press is now the world’s largest independent editorial agency and largest owned and run by a working photojournalist.

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Future Unclear For Cameras In New York Courts

 Last week’s ruling by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, that there is no constitutional right for news cameras to be in New York Courts puts the matter back into the hands of the state’s legislature, unless it goes before the United States Supreme Court first. The legislature passed a law allowing cameras in New York courts from 1987 to 1997 as an experiment, but then let the law expire without approving a new one.

The 7-0 Court of Appeals ruling in Albany, NY, said that the press has a constitutional right to attend trials the same as other citizens, but that the right does not extend to filming, videotaping or broadcasting inside court. “We agree with the (NY) Supreme Court and the (NY) Appellate Division that there is no First Amendment or article I, section 8 right to televise a trial,” the court ruled. “Though the public acquires information about trials chiefly through the press and electronic media, the press is not imbued with any special right of access. Rather, the media possesses ‘the same right of access as the public … so that they may report what people in attendance have seen and heard.’”

“The Court’s decision reads as though the First Amendment were an afterthought,” said attorney Jonathan Sherman, one of the lawyers of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP who represent Court TV. “This is a statute that upholds an absolute ban on speech about government proceedings that the Court concedes are required to be constitutionally open to attend and to be reported upon. That result is at war with the core of modern First Amendment doctrine. The First Amendment tolerates and indeed promotes vindication of fair trial principles. But in no context other than that of in-court cameras does it permit fair trial principles alone to sustain an absolute ban on information in every case in which a trial could be compromised.”

Unless the New York Legislature takes action and approves a new law, the only recourse is a ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the case or another one like it. Recent statements from U.S. Supreme Court Justices Souter, Breyer, and O’Connor condemning televised proceedings with “uncharacteristic out-of-court vigor,” Sherman said, suggest that the Supreme Court will be inhospitable.

In Court TV v. State of New York, a case filed by Court TV in 2001 challenging the law barring audiovisual coverage in New York courts, a lower court ruled in July 2003 that New York’s statute banning the photography is indeed legal. Court TV wanted to televise trials in New York as they happened and they appealed the lower court’s decision. The National Press Photographers Association, through the Advocacy Committee and NPPA’s lawyers, along with other media groups, submitted amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs supporting Court TV’s position.

“I am extremely disappointed in the Court’s decision,” said attorney Mickey H. Osterreicher, who helped draft the amicus briefs for the NPPA as of counsel. Osterreicher, who was a photojournalist in Buffalo, NY, for both television and newspapers before entering law, has been an NPPA member since 1972 and is on the NPPA’s Advocacy Committee. “It is not just Court TV which has lost in this case but the public itself. The fact that the Court chose to deal with the First Amendment question in a footnote and even then framed it as a Sixth Amendment issue stating that Section 52 (per se ban) is ‘narrowly tailored to serve the governmental interests at issue, namely insuring that criminal defendants receive fair trials’ begs the question presented.

“What is most evident is the Court’s unwillingness to ‘circumscribe the authority constitutionally delegated to the Legislature’ even if the law that was enacted over 50 years ago is anachronistic and overly broad. It will be interesting to see if Court TV decides to bring this important case to the United States Supreme Court and whether or not they (the Supreme Court) grant certiorari.”

NPPA’s Advocacy Committee has vigorously supported Court TV’s effort to overturn New York’s courtroom camera ban. Advocacy Committee chairperson Alicia Wagner Calzada, who is also NPPA’s vice president, said, “I am disappointed in the ruling. Cameras in the courtroom enhance the public's understanding of complex trials and of the justice system as a whole. Our founding fathers intended for trials to be open and public. In theory, the public has access to public trials. But in reality, the public relies on the media to bring them into the courtroom just as they rely on the media to bring them into city council chambers, school board meetings, press conferences, and other newsworthy events. Particularly in high profile trials, visual media act as a window to a courtroom that is often overflowing.”

“There are many states that do allow cameras in the court and it does not disrupt, or have a negative impact, on the proceedings. Photography is an essential element in a complete news report, whether for print or broadcast, and the NPPA will continue to support efforts to legalize cameras in the courtroom in New York as well as in other states where it’s currently banned."

The 53-year-old state law bars motion picture cameras from trial courtrooms but there is some question as to whether or not that language also precludes still photography. No verdicts in any of the approximately 800 trials the cable network has televised since 1991 have been reversed because of the presence of cameras, nor was there ever an appeal of any case on those grounds during New York’s 10-year experiment.

“The (New York) legislature did the right thing years ago by authorizing an experiment that lasted 10 years, and resulted in no problems at all,” attorney Kurt Wimmer said. “It ought to take the next step and let video cameras in permanently.” Wimmer is with the Washington, DC, law firm of Covington & Burling, which has provided pro bono counsel to the NPPA on many issues involving press freedom and First Amendment challenges, including the 2004 United States Supreme Court case Durruthy v. Pastor. Albert Durruthy, a Miami, FL, television photojournalist, sued a police officer for false arrest, assault, and excessive use of force after being brought down to the ground and injured, then arrested, while on assignment covering an Elián González protest in April, 2000.

Mickey Osterreicher contributed to this story.

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Donald K. Woolley, 73

Retired photojournalism professor, speaker, and newspaper columnist Donald Kenneth Woolley, 73, died June 14 in Nashville, TN, following a brief illness.

An NPPA Life Member, Woolley started as a photographer and editor for Octoraro Newspapers in Quarryville, PA, before becoming chief photographer and manager of the photojournalism department at the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, MO. Later, Woolley was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Journalism for ten years before being named an associate professor at the College of Journalism at the University of South Carolina, where he was head of the photojournalism sequence until he retired in 1995.

Joe Lippincott, a photojournalism instructor at Boston University and long-time friend of Woolley’s, wrote, “I thought Don would live forever. The knowledge, joy, and upbeat humor he shared with all of us should have earned him immortality.” Lippincott first met Woolley at the University of Iowa. “Many of those of us whose lives he touched at the very beginning at Iowa did pretty damn well, thank you... Bernie Ketchum, Bob Finch, Tom Mosier, Bob Nandell, to name only a few. And so many more followed.”

Lippincott says, “In my Boston University photojournalism classes for the past 15 years, I always have found a reason to tell stories about Don’s final exams. Once, dressed as Santa, Henry Louis (a Leica dealer) landed his Army-issue helicopter on the roof of the journalism building (to deliver the exams). Once, Don had his teaching assistant go to Davenport or some far away town and stash the final exams in cattle cars, which eventually found their way to Iowa City so the students could rummage around in the straw - and God knows what else - for them.

“My favorite, though, was the summer he had the Saran-wrapped exams frozen in a 400-pound block of ice in Cedar Rapids and had the ice shipped to Iowa City and dumped into the Iowa River, which ran through campus. His teaching assistant was dressed in a pirate costume in a rowboat with a Jolly Roger flag flying on the bow, towing the block of ice toward Don and the students waiting downriver. They all had been issued Woolley-approved ice picks, of course. But by the time the block of ice got in close proximity to the students, exams were bobbing freely everywhere in sight. The water was very warm and the ice was rapidly melting.

“In the late 1970s, I invited Don to be a speaker at the Michigan Press Photographers Association annual seminar in East Lansing. He made an unforgettable presentation about how to photograph presentations, complete with an all-purpose portable do-it-yourself trophy kit.”

Woolley was active in NPPA events, including being a Flying Short Course speaker and judging numerous state and national contests. He is survived by his wife, Deborah K. Woolley of Nashville. The family asks that memorials be made to the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.

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Best Use of Photography: 1st Quarter 2005 Results For News, Feature, Picture Pages, Sports, Multi-Page

Judges for news, feature, picture pages: David Frank, Karen Cetinkaya, Becky Lebowitz Hanger, members of The New York Times photography department.

News

Judges’ overall comments
Once we pulled together what we thought were the top pages, we noticed that quite a few of them had very strong verticals used as the dominant (sometimes only) image on the page. Though not all the photos were especially strong, the shape of the photos made for different-looking pages and we all found that to be very striking. Another thing that struck us in this category was how busy the pages tended to look. The content and composition of the photos, the overuse of mugshots and other small photos and especially the multiple types of typography on many pages made for jarringly busy pages. We also noticed that lots of papers are using photography well, but the content of the photos is frequently lacking.
Results
[image of winning News page from the Hartford Courant]
1st
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 7, 2005
“A Rough Going Over”
David Grewe, Thom McGuire and John Scanlon
Judges' comments: This page was clean and elegant. The photo choice was interesting, newsy. Just a simple, strong, good-looking page.
2nd
Treasure Coast Newspapers, Feb. 15, 2005
“Former PM killed in Beirut blast”
Entered by Lloyd Young
Judges' comments: The photo usage here is counter-intuitive. The editor used the emotional reaction to the bombing dominant and the scene secondary. The unusual decision to play the photos that way made for an interesting page.
3rd
The Palm Beach Post, Mar. 13, 2005
“Why was Carlitos born this way?”
Team
Judges' comments: We liked the main package on this page a lot more than we liked the page as a whole. The main package was extremely strong – we couldn’t stop looking at that photo. It was a bold choice to run a difficult (perhaps even controversial) photo like that as the main page one photo.
HM
Anchorage Daily News, Mar. 2, 2005
“Two Snared in Dimond Center Shooting”
Anne Raup, Richard Murphy and Bill Roth
Judges' comments: What we liked about this page was that running the crime scene photo as the main display photo wasn’t necessarily what most people would do. It is the type of photo that could easily have gotten buried as a 2-column photo on the jump. But the photo editor had the vision to make it the display photo – and it works very well big and in color. It’s not a great photo, but it’s interesting and shows good thinking on the part of the editor.
HM
The Concord Monitor, Jan. 11, 2005
“Winter’s Claw”
Dan Habib and Terri Henning
Judges' comments: This was one of the pages that we liked because of the use of a strong vertical shape. The page just looked different from most of the other pages.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Jan. 19, 2005
“Lofty Subject”
Mark Edelson, Chris Matula, Bill Bullion and Jennifer Podis
Judges' comments: This was another one of those vertical photo pages.
HM
San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 15, 2005
“Car bomb rocks Lebanon”
Entered by Doug Sehres
Judges' comments: Good photo choice. It’s nice to see it used big and by itself. But there are too many little elements on this page – they’re starting to take over the page.

Feature

Judges’ overall comments:

We all gravitated immediately to the top two finishers in this category. We were unanimous in thinking they were the two strongest pages, mainly because they’re beautifully done.

Results
[image of winning Feature page from the Hartford Courant]
1st
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 24, 2005
“Cool as Ice”
Elizabeth Bristow, Tim Reck and Mark Mirko
Judges' comments: Great illustration – the outdoors, the snow, the trees, the colors, the selective use of focus. It’s a beautifully executed, clean photo. . Both the photo and the page are compositionally strong. The entire page is very elegant
2nd
Columbia Daily Tribune, Jan. 23, 2005
“Life Resumed”
Brian Kratzer, Joe Shults, Sharon Santus and Jim Robertson
Judges' comments: The main photo is very strong and, played well, it makes for an arresting page. Nice, clean presentation. Everything on this page is just working well together. This paper had some very strong entries in this category.
3rd
The Florida Times Union, Jan. 10, 2005
“Century of Advice”
Kelly Jordan, Jon Fletcher and Ed Geffen
Judges' comments: The main package on this page is very strong. Wonderful choice of dominant image. The column on the left is a little distracting and made the page a bit weaker.
HM
Columbia Daily Tribune, Jan. 23, 2005
“The Last Sermon”
Brian Kratzer, Lori Curtain, Sharon Santus and Jim Robertson
Judges' comments: This was a beautiful, simple page. The photos are great – especially the dominant image. The smaller photo of the two people (just below the main photo), however, took away from the package. It seemed too similar visually to the main photo. It felt repetitive. Without it, it would have been a stronger page.
HM
The Hartford Courant, Mar. 18, 2005
“Protecting your personal identity”
Elizabeth Bristow, Jennifer Rochette and Stephen Dunn
Judges' comments: This illustration is just a great concept and so well executed. It’s very clever.
HM
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 6, 2005
“In Paris, We Kiss”
Bruce Moyer, Sherry Peters and Melanie Shaffer
Judges' comments: This is simply a beautiful page – but we wondered why it wasn’t entered in the picture page category.

Picture Page

Judges’ overall comments

It seemed like there was either too much or not enough on these pages; they tended toward extremes. We saw many picture pages that needed tighter editing – just too many pictures on the page to allow anything to have any real impact. We didn’t see much moderation. As with the feature page category, the first and second place pages were by far the strongest entries.

Results
[image of winning Picture page from the Albuquerque Tribune]
1st
The Albuquerque Tribune, Jan. 18, 2005
“Dealing with Death”
MaryAnn McBride, Mark Holm and A.P. photos
Judges' comments: This was a beautiful page – well designed and with gorgeous, sad photographs. We were all drawn to it. It’s graceful and elegant. Whether you like the photos or not, the page draws you in.
2nd
The Palm Beach Post, Mar. 10, 2005
“Fair hosts first rodeo”
Mark Edelson and Libby Volgyes
Judges' comments: The subject matter here is run-of-the-mill, but the main picture is different – a beautiful shot. It’s a daring choice to run as the dominant image. The page is strong and well-designed. It’s a traditional topic done in a non-traditional way – there’s nothing here (maybe with the exception of the bottom photo) that you usually see in the usual photo coverage of rodeos.
3rd
The San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 16, 2005
“The Aftermath: Sorrow, Survival”
Pauline Lubens, Geri Migielicz, Caroline E. Couig, Mark Damon, Michael Malone, Akili-Casundria Ramsess and Jami C. Smith
Judges' comments: Great presentation. The small photos at the top work very well and it’s nice to see the main photo played so large – it gives the reader a chance to really look around at what’s going on in the frame. But something on this page seemed off. We wondered if a different crop of either the main photo or the bottom photo (do we need to see the mountains in the distance twice?) might have improved the page.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Feb. 6, 2005
“It’s the little things you remember. And that you’re remembered by.”
Mark Edelson and Uma Sanghvi
Judges' comments: We really liked the extremely different take on a story that (at this point) had already been page one news for more than a month. It was a different way to cover a familiar story. We wondered if the page would have worked better with fewer pictures. It seems to fall off a bit at the bottom. The photos at the top are more lyrical and better lit than the ones at the bottom. We also wondered if the top photo was the right choice to be in such a prominent position. It felt like a sign picture. One judge longed for more context or an image of a different scale and thought the uniformity of the page and the inanimate objects made it look almost clinical – though perhaps better lighting and more uniformly lyrical shooting would have achieved that.
HM
The San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 13, 2005
“Love or Something Like It”
Richard Koci Hernandez, Geri Migielicz, Caroline E. Couig, Mark Damon, Michael Malone, Akili-Casundria Ramsess and Jami C. Smith
Judges' comments: The main photo on this page is beautiful, but the bottom right photo is too difficult to read – it causes the page to fall apart at the bottom. We loved looking at this page, but found ourselves wanting more.
HM
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 14, 2005
“The Young and The Wrestling”
Bruce Moyer, Mark Mirko and Suzette Moyer
Judges' comments: The main photo here is very strong and the layout is clean and appealing. But the bottom two photos were far less interesting than the rest of the page.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Feb. 3, 2005
“This was hell on earth.”
Mark Edelson and Associated Press photos
Judges' comments: This was a nice, well designed page. It’s just clean, well-done design and photo choice that makes for an attractive, newsy picture page.

Sports and Multi-Page

Judges for multi-page and sports: Tory Bruno, assistant managing editor of photography, The Chicago Tribune, along with sports editor Bill Adee, assistant sports editor Mike Kellams, assistant director of photography Todd Panagopoulos, assistant graphics editor Haeyoun Park, assistant design editor Mike Miner, and staff photographer Scott Strazzante, who judged the pages on May 9 at The Chicago Tribune.

Sports

[image of winning Sports page from the Indianapolis Star]

1st
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 17, 2005
Out-Foxed Again: Colts playoffs
Entered by Greg Griffo
Judges' comments: Beautiful marriage of words and photo. Bold headline played well with the telling image of Colts’ loss. Not over-designed.
2nd
San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 11, 2005
Doubling Down
Doug Sehres and William Luther
Judges' comments: Great use of portraiture. We’ve seen this idea executed poorly so it was refreshing to see it done right.
3rd
The Virginian-Pilot, Mar. 27, 2005
It ain't over 'til... - NCAA March Madness
Team
Judges' comments: Being from Chicago, we’ve seen almost every image to come out of this game and the one chosen here was by far the best. Designer let the image carry the page.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Feb. 7, 2005
Three of a Kind - Super Bowl Extra
Mark Simkins, Amy Sancetta, Mark Edelson and Chris Rukan
Judges' comments: Huge photo with minimal intrusion by words and graphics
HM
Anchorage Daily News, Feb. 7, 2005
Boston Three Party
Anne Raup and Richard Murphy
Judges' comments: High impact photo of David Givens by Amy Sancetta made this page.
HM
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar. 11, 2005
Sports Weekend
Derek Simmons, Jeff Wheeler and Deb Pastner
Judges' comments:This page was made by a wonderful jubilation shot from above by Jeff Wheeler. Editors and designers made it happen on deadline.

Multiple Page

[image of winning Multiple Page entry page from the Palm Beach Post]

1st
The Palm Beach Post, Jan. 9, 2005
Tsunami (5 pages)
Mark Edelson, Lauren Perry, Jan Tuckwood and Lou Ann Frala
Judges' comments: Very wide-ranging coverage of a huge story but done with an economy of images. Huge horizontal of dry ice and deep vertical of destruction were very deserving of their size. The page of detail photos pushed this entry above the 2nd place entry. The graphic was informative but a bit incongruous with the rest of the section.
2nd
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 28, 2005
The Oscars (7 pages)
Kirk McCoy, Calvin Hom, Cindy Hively, Hal Wells, Richard Derk, Iris Schneider, Robert St. John and Allan Hagman
Judges' comments: Borrowing a headline from this section, this package was “Simply Elegant”. Georgeous design and an impressive commitment of space carried this entry.
3rd
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 16, 2005
New Haven is Hot (8 pages)
Bruce Moyer, Mark Mirko and Melanie Shaffer
Judges' comments: Wonderful design and continuity of images. A more sophisticated execution of the head shots might have elevated the impact of this entry.
HM
The Commercial Appeal, Mar. 6, 13 and 20, 2005
Born To Die (24 pages)
John Sale, John Nelson and Karen Pulfer Focht
Judges' comments: Great commitment to space, but quality of images in days 1 and 2 weakened the impact of the series.
HM
Los Angeles Times, Mar. 10, 2005
The California Garden- A diva who loved high drama (2 pages)
Kirk McCoy, Iris Schneider and Kelli Sullivan
Judges' comments: Combination of words and pictures created the perfect mood for this effort.

2nd quarter BUP results

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

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Best Use of Photography: 1st Quarter 2005 Results For News, Feature, Picture Pages, Sports, Multi-Page

Judges for news, feature, picture pages: David Frank, Karen Cetinkaya, Becky Lebowitz Hanger, members of The New York Times photography department.

News

Judges’ overall comments
Once we pulled together what we thought were the top pages, we noticed that quite a few of them had very strong verticals used as the dominant (sometimes only) image on the page. Though not all the photos were especially strong, the shape of the photos made for different-looking pages and we all found that to be very striking. Another thing that struck us in this category was how busy the pages tended to look. The content and composition of the photos, the overuse of mugshots and other small photos and especially the multiple types of typography on many pages made for jarringly busy pages. We also noticed that lots of papers are using photography well, but the content of the photos is frequently lacking.
Results
[image of winning News page from the Hartford Courant]
1st
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 7, 2005
“A Rough Going Over”
David Grewe, Thom McGuire and John Scanlon
Judges' comments: This page was clean and elegant. The photo choice was interesting, newsy. Just a simple, strong, good-looking page.
2nd
Treasure Coast Newspapers, Feb. 15, 2005
“Former PM killed in Beirut blast”
Entered by Lloyd Young
Judges' comments: The photo usage here is counter-intuitive. The editor used the emotional reaction to the bombing dominant and the scene secondary. The unusual decision to play the photos that way made for an interesting page.
3rd
The Palm Beach Post, Mar. 13, 2005
“Why was Carlitos born this way?”
Team
Judges' comments: We liked the main package on this page a lot more than we liked the page as a whole. The main package was extremely strong – we couldn’t stop looking at that photo. It was a bold choice to run a difficult (perhaps even controversial) photo like that as the main page one photo.
HM
Anchorage Daily News, Mar. 2, 2005
“Two Snared in Dimond Center Shooting”
Anne Raup, Richard Murphy and Bill Roth
Judges' comments: What we liked about this page was that running the crime scene photo as the main display photo wasn’t necessarily what most people would do. It is the type of photo that could easily have gotten buried as a 2-column photo on the jump. But the photo editor had the vision to make it the display photo – and it works very well big and in color. It’s not a great photo, but it’s interesting and shows good thinking on the part of the editor.
HM
The Concord Monitor, Jan. 11, 2005
“Winter’s Claw”
Dan Habib and Terri Henning
Judges' comments: This was one of the pages that we liked because of the use of a strong vertical shape. The page just looked different from most of the other pages.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Jan. 19, 2005
“Lofty Subject”
Mark Edelson, Chris Matula, Bill Bullion and Jennifer Podis
Judges' comments: This was another one of those vertical photo pages.
HM
San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 15, 2005
“Car bomb rocks Lebanon”
Entered by Doug Sehres
Judges' comments: Good photo choice. It’s nice to see it used big and by itself. But there are too many little elements on this page – they’re starting to take over the page.

 

Feature

Judges’ overall comments:

We all gravitated immediately to the top two finishers in this category. We were unanimous in thinking they were the two strongest pages, mainly because they’re beautifully done.

Results
[image of winning Feature page from the Hartford Courant]
1st
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 24, 2005
“Cool as Ice”
Elizabeth Bristow, Tim Reck and Mark Mirko
Judges' comments: Great illustration – the outdoors, the snow, the trees, the colors, the selective use of focus. It’s a beautifully executed, clean photo. . Both the photo and the page are compositionally strong. The entire page is very elegant
2nd
Columbia Daily Tribune, Jan. 23, 2005
“Life Resumed”
Brian Kratzer, Joe Shults, Sharon Santus and Jim Robertson
Judges' comments: The main photo is very strong and, played well, it makes for an arresting page. Nice, clean presentation. Everything on this page is just working well together. This paper had some very strong entries in this category.
3rd
The Florida Times Union, Jan. 10, 2005
“Century of Advice”
Kelly Jordan, Jon Fletcher and Ed Geffen
Judges' comments: The main package on this page is very strong. Wonderful choice of dominant image. The column on the left is a little distracting and made the page a bit weaker.
HM
Columbia Daily Tribune, Jan. 23, 2005
“The Last Sermon”
Brian Kratzer, Lori Curtain, Sharon Santus and Jim Robertson
Judges' comments: This was a beautiful, simple page. The photos are great – especially the dominant image. The smaller photo of the two people (just below the main photo), however, took away from the package. It seemed too similar visually to the main photo. It felt repetitive. Without it, it would have been a stronger page.
HM
The Hartford Courant, Mar. 18, 2005
“Protecting your personal identity”
Elizabeth Bristow, Jennifer Rochette and Stephen Dunn
Judges' comments: This illustration is just a great concept and so well executed. It’s very clever.
HM
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 6, 2005
“In Paris, We Kiss”
Bruce Moyer, Sherry Peters and Melanie Shaffer
Judges' comments: This is simply a beautiful page – but we wondered why it wasn’t entered in the picture page category.

 

Picture Page

Judges’ overall comments

It seemed like there was either too much or not enough on these pages; they tended toward extremes. We saw many picture pages that needed tighter editing – just too many pictures on the page to allow anything to have any real impact. We didn’t see much moderation. As with the feature page category, the first and second place pages were by far the strongest entries.

Results
[image of winning Picture page from the Albuquerque Tribune]
1st
The Albuquerque Tribune, Jan. 18, 2005
“Dealing with Death”
MaryAnn McBride, Mark Holm and A.P. photos
Judges' comments: This was a beautiful page – well designed and with gorgeous, sad photographs. We were all drawn to it. It’s graceful and elegant. Whether you like the photos or not, the page draws you in.
2nd
The Palm Beach Post, Mar. 10, 2005
“Fair hosts first rodeo”
Mark Edelson and Libby Volgyes
Judges' comments: The subject matter here is run-of-the-mill, but the main picture is different – a beautiful shot. It’s a daring choice to run as the dominant image. The page is strong and well-designed. It’s a traditional topic done in a non-traditional way – there’s nothing here (maybe with the exception of the bottom photo) that you usually see in the usual photo coverage of rodeos.
3rd
The San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 16, 2005
“The Aftermath: Sorrow, Survival”
Pauline Lubens, Geri Migielicz, Caroline E. Couig, Mark Damon, Michael Malone, Akili-Casundria Ramsess and Jami C. Smith
Judges' comments: Great presentation. The small photos at the top work very well and it’s nice to see the main photo played so large – it gives the reader a chance to really look around at what’s going on in the frame. But something on this page seemed off. We wondered if a different crop of either the main photo or the bottom photo (do we need to see the mountains in the distance twice?) might have improved the page.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Feb. 6, 2005
“It’s the little things you remember. And that you’re remembered by.”
Mark Edelson and Uma Sanghvi
Judges' comments: We really liked the extremely different take on a story that (at this point) had already been page one news for more than a month. It was a different way to cover a familiar story. We wondered if the page would have worked better with fewer pictures. It seems to fall off a bit at the bottom. The photos at the top are more lyrical and better lit than the ones at the bottom. We also wondered if the top photo was the right choice to be in such a prominent position. It felt like a sign picture. One judge longed for more context or an image of a different scale and thought the uniformity of the page and the inanimate objects made it look almost clinical – though perhaps better lighting and more uniformly lyrical shooting would have achieved that.
HM
The San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 13, 2005
“Love or Something Like It”
Richard Koci Hernandez, Geri Migielicz, Caroline E. Couig, Mark Damon, Michael Malone, Akili-Casundria Ramsess and Jami C. Smith
Judges' comments: The main photo on this page is beautiful, but the bottom right photo is too difficult to read – it causes the page to fall apart at the bottom. We loved looking at this page, but found ourselves wanting more.
HM
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 14, 2005
“The Young and The Wrestling”
Bruce Moyer, Mark Mirko and Suzette Moyer
Judges' comments: The main photo here is very strong and the layout is clean and appealing. But the bottom two photos were far less interesting than the rest of the page.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Feb. 3, 2005
“This was hell on earth.”
Mark Edelson and Associated Press photos
Judges' comments: This was a nice, well designed page. It’s just clean, well-done design and photo choice that makes for an attractive, newsy picture page.

 

Sports and Multi-Page

Judges for multi-page and sports: Tory Bruno, assistant managing editor of photography, The Chicago Tribune, along with sports editor Bill Adee, assistant sports editor Mike Kellams, assistant director of photography Todd Panagopoulos, assistant graphics editor Haeyoun Park, assistant design editor Mike Miner, and staff photographer Scott Strazzante, who judged the pages on May 9 at The Chicago Tribune.

 

Sports

[image of winning Sports page from the Indianapolis Star]

1st
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 17, 2005
Out-Foxed Again: Colts playoffs
Entered by Greg Griffo
Judges' comments: Beautiful marriage of words and photo. Bold headline played well with the telling image of Colts’ loss. Not over-designed.
2nd
San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 11, 2005
Doubling Down
Doug Sehres and William Luther
Judges' comments: Great use of portraiture. We’ve seen this idea executed poorly so it was refreshing to see it done right.
3rd
The Virginian-Pilot, Mar. 27, 2005
It ain't over 'til... - NCAA March Madness
Team
Judges' comments: Being from Chicago, we’ve seen almost every image to come out of this game and the one chosen here was by far the best. Designer let the image carry the page.
HM
The Palm Beach Post, Feb. 7, 2005
Three of a Kind - Super Bowl Extra
Mark Simkins, Amy Sancetta, Mark Edelson and Chris Rukan
Judges' comments: Huge photo with minimal intrusion by words and graphics
HM
Anchorage Daily News, Feb. 7, 2005
Boston Three Party
Anne Raup and Richard Murphy
Judges' comments: High impact photo of David Givens by Amy Sancetta made this page.
HM
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar. 11, 2005
Sports Weekend
Derek Simmons, Jeff Wheeler and Deb Pastner
Judges' comments:This page was made by a wonderful jubilation shot from above by Jeff Wheeler. Editors and designers made it happen on deadline.

 

Multiple Page

[image of winning Multiple Page entry page from the Palm Beach Post]

1st
The Palm Beach Post, Jan. 9, 2005
Tsunami (5 pages)
Mark Edelson, Lauren Perry, Jan Tuckwood and Lou Ann Frala
Judges' comments: Very wide-ranging coverage of a huge story but done with an economy of images. Huge horizontal of dry ice and deep vertical of destruction were very deserving of their size. The page of detail photos pushed this entry above the 2nd place entry. The graphic was informative but a bit incongruous with the rest of the section.
2nd
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 28, 2005
The Oscars (7 pages)
Kirk McCoy, Calvin Hom, Cindy Hively, Hal Wells, Richard Derk, Iris Schneider, Robert St. John and Allan Hagman
Judges' comments: Borrowing a headline from this section, this package was “Simply Elegant”. Georgeous design and an impressive commitment of space carried this entry.
3rd
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 16, 2005
New Haven is Hot (8 pages)
Bruce Moyer, Mark Mirko and Melanie Shaffer
Judges' comments: Wonderful design and continuity of images. A more sophisticated execution of the head shots might have elevated the impact of this entry.
HM
The Commercial Appeal, Mar. 6, 13 and 20, 2005
Born To Die (24 pages)
John Sale, John Nelson and Karen Pulfer Focht
Judges' comments: Great commitment to space, but quality of images in days 1 and 2 weakened the impact of the series.
HM
Los Angeles Times, Mar. 10, 2005
The California Garden- A diva who loved high drama (2 pages)
Kirk McCoy, Iris Schneider and Kelli Sullivan
Judges' comments: Combination of words and pictures created the perfect mood for this effort.

2nd quarter BUP results

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

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Deadline For 2005 W. Eugene Smith Grant Is July 15

Photojournalists have until July 15, 2005, to apply for the 26th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Inc., funded by Nikon Inc., as well as applying for the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented each year, the application says, “to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.”

This year the grant will be $30,000 USD with an additional $5,000 USD in fellowship money “to be awarded at the discretion of the jury.”

July 15 is also the deadline to apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant, which is also administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. The Chapnick Grant was introduced in 1996 by the Smith Fund “to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism.” These fields include editing, research, education, and management and the grant of $5,000 USD can be used to finance education, research, or long-term projects, and the Smith Fund board of trustees says that special consideration will be given to proposals that “promote social change or serve significant concerns of photojournalism.”

Complete instructions on how to apply, including downloadable Acrobat .PDF forms for both grants, are online at www.smithfund.org.

Stanley Greene was the 2004 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his project, “Chalk Lines: A Photographic Investigation of the Caucasus.” Other past winners include Trent Parke (2003); Kai Wiedenhofer (2002); Maya Goded (2001); Brenda Ann Kenneally (2000); and Chien-Chi Chang (1999).

The board of trustees who administer the two grants are Helen Marcus, president; Robert Pledge, vice president; Sue Brisk, secretary; and Jeanette Chapnick, treasurer. Board members include Jim Balog, Rich Clarkson, Donna Ferrato, Peter Howe, Jim Hughes, W. M. Hunt, Chris Johns, Yukiko Launois, John G. Morris, Kathy Ryan, Marcel Saba, Mike Smith, Arthur Soybel, and Anna Winand.

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