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NPPA Members Manny Crisostomo, Robert Gauthier Win 2005 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards For Photography

WASHINGTON, DC - The winners of the 37th annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards have been announced in Washington, DC, and Sacramento Bee photojournalist Manny Crisostomo’s essay “The Leftover People,” about Hmong refugees who journey from camps in Thailand to start new lives in California and Minnesota, won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for International Photography. The essay was published in September, 2004, as a 20-page special report that included 70 photographs.

Photojournalist Robert Gauthier of the Los Angeles Times won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Photography for his photographic essays that were included in the Times’ series, “The Troubles at King/Drew.” The five-part special project, which also won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize for its writers (Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein, Mitchell Landsberg, and Steve Hymon), was what an RFK judge called “a devastatingly detailed investigation into the chronic medical blunders, mismanagement, and cover-ups that have plagues Dr. Martin Lurther King, Jr./Drew Medical Center for years.” Gauthier has been an NPPA member since 1981.

RFK Award winners will be honored Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at a ceremony at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The Bee reported that Crisostomo, 46, an NPPA member since 2001, worked with writer Stephen Magagnini off and on for six months, “virtually living with Hmong immigrant families.” Bee executive editor Rick Rodriguez said, "We're honored because this is one of journalism's most coveted awards. Manny's photography was stunning and poignant. The best thing is that Manny's work, and that of reporter Steve Magagnini, struck a chord with many of our readers who reached out to help new immigrants in our community."

Crisostomo joined The Bee in 2002 after being a staff photojournalist at the Detroit Free Press, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1989 for an essay about an inner-city high school. He’s a photojournalism graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia’s School of Journalism. Crisostomo came to America from Guam, where he was born and raised, to go to college in Missouri when he was 19.

About Gauthier’s photographs and the Times’ series, “The Troubles at King/Drew,” RFK judges said, “Through moving images, investigative photography and hard-nosed public service journalism, the staff at the Los Angeles Times courageously exposed the inexcusable consequences of negligence and leadership inaction at this historic institution,” and, “By uncovering the horrific practices at the hospital, the newspaper produced excellent journalism that might also save lives now and in the future." Gauthier and the Times’ writing team also won the 2005 Tobenkin Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the project.

Gauthier, 43, has been a staff photojournalist at the Times since 1994, and worked for the San Diego Union Tribune from 1988 until joining the Times. Before that, he was with the Times Advocate in Escondido, CA, and The Bernardo in San Diego, CA. He’s a journalism graduate of Fresno State University in 1983.

A complete list of winners for the 37th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards is online here.


Ashley Gilbertson Wins The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award For Coverage Of Fallujah

Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson has won the 2004 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award from the Overseas Press Club for his photographic reportage on “The Battle For Fallujah.” The Capa Award is for “the best photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise.”

Gilbertson, of the Aurora photographic agency in Portland, ME, has cover the war in Iraq for more than three years and for the last year has done so on assignment for The New York Times.

The Australian-born photographer who grew up in Melbourne is based in New York City now, and he’s been with Aurora since 2001 photographing stories in Asia, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and the Middle East. He was recently named one of Photo District News’ “30 Under 30” top photographers. When he was younger he studied photojournalism in Melbourne under Emmanuel Santos, and later in the Japanese highlands under Masao Endo.

In presenting the Capa Award, the judges' said, "Gilbertson was the most consistent visual recorder of the iraq conflict this year. Spending more continuous time there than almost any othr photographer, his images rise above the rest. Each picture stands alone aesthetically and, collectively, they portray the relentless tension and pressure the American troops were under in Fallujah. He sought out the best embeds and used those opportunities to make a memorable record of American troops in action."

Past winners of the Capa Award include Carolyn Cole, Luc Delahaye, Chris Anderson, John Stanmeyer, James Nachtwey, Horst Faas, Tim Page, Corrine Dufka, Anthony Suau, Eddie Adams, Dirck Halstead, David Burnett, and W. Eugene Smith. Nachtwey has won the Capa Award an unprecedented five times.

Gilbertson’s winning photographs can be seen in a slideshow here.

Magnum photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin won OPC's Olivier Rebbot Award for photographs shot for The New York Times Magazine, "How Did Darfur Happen?" The Rebbot Award recognizes "the best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books." OPC judges' said, "These pictures speak a totally different visual language than the usual reportage. They are very sophisticated and impressionistic. They unify the human plight of this story with the landscape in a dramatic way, creating a vision unlike anyone else has shown in a much-covered story. The pictures are unique and unforgettable."

Photojournalist Andrea Bruce Woodall won OPC's John Faber Award, given in honor of the "best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers and wire services," for her essay "The Cost Of Liberty: Prostitution In Iraq." And James Hill won the Feature Photography award for his "haunting" pictures for The New York Times of the massacre of Russian schoolchildren in Beslan and the aftermath.


Deanne Fitzmaurice, Associated Press Photographers, Win 2005 Pulitzer Prizes For News & Feature Photography

NEW YORK, NY – NPPA member Deanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco Chronicle has won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for the serial photographic essay “Operation Lion Heart,” the documentary story of a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who was critically wounded by an explosion, and whose life-saving journey at the hands of U.S. doctors brought him to a hospital in Oakland, CA.

The Associated Press won the Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for their coverage of the war in Iraq with a portfolio of images shot by both staff photographers and stringers inside dangerous Iraqi cities. It's the 29th Pulitzer the Associated Press has won for photography, and their 48th Pulitzer Prize overall.

The finalists for the Feature Photography category included Jim Gehrz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for his essay on Jessica Clements, a U.S. soldier who suffered severe brain damage in Iraq when a roadside bomb tore through a car she was riding in. Gehrz was named NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Newspaper Photographer of the Year last week for his portfolio of work, which included the Jessica Clements essay. The other finalist in the Feature Photography category was Luis Sinco of the Los Angeles Times for his iconic photograph of a U.S. Marine’s face after a daylong battle in Iraq. (Sinco's image also won an Honorable Mention in Portrait and Personality in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism 2005).

The finalists in the Breaking News category were Arko Datta of Reuters, for his iconic photograph that captured the anguish of a woman mourning the body of a relative in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami (an image that won the World Press Photo of the Year honor for 2004, and an Honorable Mention in International News in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism 2005); and the staff photographers ofThe Palm Beach Post for their coverage of the hurricanes and tropical storms that struck Florida last year.

Fitzmaurice has been an NPPA member since 1997. Her photographs ran in the Chronicle in a five-part series called "Operation Lion Heart" written by staff writer Meredith May. Doctors had nicknamed the Iraqi boy, Saleh Khalaf, "Lion Heart" for his bravery. The Chronicle reports that Fitzmaurice, 47, has been with the newspaper for 16 years and is married to another staff photographer, Kurt Rogers.

video of Fitzmaurice, along with her coworkers and editors, watching the news wire for the Pulitzer bulletin can be viewed online on in a QuickTime video shot and edited by Grover Sanschagrin. She also has online her winning "Lion Heart" portfolio with extended captions, as well as a portfolio of sports and news photographs shot while on assignment for the Chronicle.

The winning News portfolio from the Associated Press showed what the judges called "a stunning series of photographs of bloody yearlong combat inside Iraqi cities." The photographs in the winning 20-image portfolio were shot by a team of AP staff photographers and stringers, including five Iraqi photojournalists working on their home turf. The photojournalists who shot the winning portfolio are Bilal Hussein, Karim Kadim, Brennan Linsley, Jim MacMillan, Khalid Mohammed, John B. Moore, Muhammed Muheisen, Anja Niedgringhaus, Mohammed Uraibi, Murad Sezer, and an unnamed stringer.

The photograph by the unnamed stringer shows a gunman shooting an Iraqi election worker at point-blank range in the middle of a street in Baghdad. The attackers executed three election workers this way in broad daylight. The photographer's name was not published when the photograph was distributed by AP on December 19, 2004 because of security concerns.

MacMillan is a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News who is covering the war in Iraq for a year for AP while on leave from the newspaper. He's scheduled to be in Iraq until May 2005. MacMillian has shot for AP before, in Boston from 1984 through 1987 as a temporary staff photographer.

The AP reported that Khalid Mohammed and MacMillan were working on assignment in Baghdad today when they received an Instant Message from AP director of photography Santiago Lyon telling them to call New York immediately.

Columbia University said the Pulitzer nominating juries for photography this year were Denis Finley, managing editor of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA; J. Ross Baughman, director of photography for The Washington Times; Eric Newton, director of journalism initiatives for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Maimi, FL; Larry Nylund, deputy managing editor for presentation for The Journal News in White Plains, NY; and Janet Reeves, director of photography for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, CO. The Pulizer Prize comes with a $10,000 award to each category winner.


Mark Edelson To Chair Quarterly Picture Editing Contest; Alex Burrows Served In Role For Ten Years

After ten years of volunteering as the chairperson of the NPPA Picture Editing Quarterly Clip Contest (PEQCC), Alex Burrows, director of photography for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA, is stepping down. NPPA president Bob Gould has appointed Mark Edelson, presentation editor for The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, FL, to fill the position.

“Our goals are simple,” Edelson said. “We want to increase participation in the contest, to announce and disseminate results quickly and, most importantly, get the winning entries published on the NPPA Web site so that the work can be seen and shared.”

“One of the obstacles to doing this in the past has been a physical limitation, getting the winning pages shot and converted to digital data and then published on the Web. With the advent of the NPPA Web site, publishing the winning pages in News Photographer magazine is no longer the best option for sharing the work quickly with as large an audience as possible.”

“By going to the Web with the winning pages, we hope to create an ongoing, quickly-growing resource of quality pages that illustrate the effective use of photography in newspapers,” Edelson said. “On the Web, it will be available for reference by anyone, anywhere, at any time. And that's really the important thing about the contest (any contest, really). Winning's nice, but offering the opportunity to learn from others by seeing work judged to be creative and effective is one of the most important things the NPPA can do.”

In order to do this, publications will be urged (though not required) to provide .PDF files of winning entries. “Using .PDF files will provide better copies and speed up the process of getting the pages online,” Edelson says.

The new contest chair wants to make some other minor, but philosophically significant, changes to the contest: “The most obvious will be a name change. It will now be the Best Use of Photography Quarterly Clip Contest, which better reflects what is being judged. Good picture editing, and good picture usage, involves far more than simply picking the best pictures: It's the successful packaging of pictures and graphics and words – design, headlines, captions, stories – that make for the best usage, and judges' comments on why they reward particular pages always reflect this. At many, if not most newspapers, it's not only the picture editor or those concerned only with photos who are responsible for this, so the name change simply and subtly reflects the realization that effective usage is a team effort. Names of all those involved should still be included with the submissions.

“A second change involves the points awarded for winning entries. To reward consistently good usage somewhat more than the single "big hit," more weight will be assigned to honorable mentions. The point structure will change to 40 (first place), 30 (second place), 20 (third place), and 10 (honorable mention).

“I urge you to enter. This is a national contest and winning is good for you and it's good for your newspaper. It will help you and your department gain respect in your newsroom, and it will bring your newspaper to the attention of other journalists and journalism students, and perhaps interest them in working with or for you. And if you can attract more good people it will better your paper and reward your readership.”

For information on how to enter, or how you can help improve the contest, contact Edelson at +1.561.820.4490 or eMail[email protected]. The contest rules Web page on the NPPA site is online here. In the meantime, here (below) are the rule revisions:


The Best Use of Photography Quarterly Clip Contest is an attempt to recognize the individuals and publications that identify and encourage excellence in photojournalism and reward that work with effective usage on the pages of their publications.

The use of photography is a complex process involving many steps along the way to excellence.  Picture selection, photographer coaching and page design are but a few of the steps in the process.  In some cases this is done by one individual and in others the work involves many individuals.  Entrants are encouraged to include the names and positions or responsibilities of all who significantly participate in producing the pages.

Entries for each quarter should be received by the national contest chairperson by the 15th of the month they are due.

Month of publication and deadline for receipt of entries by the chairperson:

• January, February, March: April 15 entry deadline.

• April, May, June: July 15 entry deadline.

• July, August, September: Oct. 15 entry deadline.

• October, November, December: Jan. 15 entry deadline.

The contest is open to all NPPA and Kappa Alpha Mu members in good standing. Only one person on a team entry needs to be an NPPA member.



• News Page
• Sports Page
• Feature Page
• Picture Page
• Multi-Page

The first three categories have self-evident titles; they include single pages containing subject matter relating to news, sports or features.

The Picture Page category is a single, one-subject page that tells a story or gives a photographic impression of an event or subject. (True double-trucks may be entered as a single page, provided they are designed that way.) Sometimes an additional column or unrelated story has been found on a picture page. Generally these entries remain in the picture page category. The contest chairperson will use judgment in this case, but will favor the wishes of the entering publication.

The Multi-Page category has no subdivisions along subject matter: Any entry more than one page belongs in this category.

A single page from a Multi-Page category also may be entered in the single categories. However, single-page entries cannot be entered twice. For example, a layout on weight-lifting cannot be entered in both the sports and the feature categories. No more than 10 entries per publication are permitted in any one category.

Entry Preparation

Only unmounted tear sheets can be entered. Multi-page, non-contiguous tear sheets should be taped together in the order they were published. Special editions or sections can be entered intact.

Each entry should have a clearly marked tag on the back, including the following information:

• The category in which the page/s is being entered
• Entrant's name and NPPA number
• Date of publication if it doesn't appear on the page
• Name and address of newspaper
• Phone number and email address of those to contact if the page wins
• Listing of all primary individuals involved in the page (for instance: photographer, picture editor, page designer, etc)

Entries should be separated by category.
For instance, all news pages should be in one folder (or envelope) with the category name clearly marked; all multi-page entries in another; etc.
All category envelopes/folders should be sent together in one larger envelope.

Send entries to the national chairperson:

Mark Edelson
Presentation Editor
The Palm Beach Post
2751 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach FL 33405

Phone: +1.561.820.4490
eMail: [email protected]


Points will be awarded during each quarter as follows:

  • First Place = 40 points
  • Second Place = 30 points
  • Third Place = 20 points
  • Honorable Mention = 10 points

Winning entries and standings will be posted on the NPPA Web site each quarter. The publication that has accumulated the most points at the end of a calendar year will be declared the winner of that year's contest.

WINNERS WILL BE ASKED TO PROVIDE .PDF FILES OF WINNING ENTRIES WITHIN A WEEK OF NOTIFICATION OF WINNING. It is strongly urged that winning publications provide the .PDF files. The success of this contest - both as a professional and educational tool - is dependent on the timely display of winning entries on the NPPA Web site. Use of .PDF files of newspaper pages will both speed up that process and provide higher quality displays than are possible by photographing the newsprint pages themselves. (If a publication cannot provide a .PDF file, the original newsprint entry will be reproduced.)

Contest Agreements

It is understood that any copyright of an entry remains the property of the publication and/or the original copyright holder. However, all participants agree that by entering the contest, entrants give permission to NPPA for its regional and national publications to reproduce winning entries, either through hard copy or electronically, including and not limited to, regional publications, News Photographer magazine, commercial online services and NPPA presences on the Internet. Reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure the security of electronic reproduction.


BOP Winners Announced: The New York Times Wins Best Use Of The Web Honors; Blueeyes Magazine Wins Web's Best Picture Story

St. Petersburg, Florida – “This year’s Best of Photojournalism Web site contest was the most competitive ever,” Web competition organizer and Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Contest Committee member Keith Jenkins said Friday when the winners were announced. “The quality of entries across the 130 or so we judged was universally high, with very little separation between the winners in each division (large affiliated, small affiliated, and unaffiliated). And there was very little difference between the divisions themselves.”

The New York Times on the Web was awarded the Best Use of the Web honor. “After a lengthy discussion with the judges attempting to find a single package that demonstrated the best use of the Web, the panel eventually recognized The New York Times on the Web as an example of a site that has truly helped the evolution of online storytelling,” judge Andrew DeVigal said.

“At first, individual judges highlighted packages having their own strengths and merits: the well-paced and well-presented storytelling of’s ‘The State Funeral of Ronald Wilson Reagan,’ ‘Chiloe Stories’ for its breadth and depth, and finally, the interactive component in MSNBC’s ‘The Year in Pictures 2004.’

“In the end, however, the panel of judges focused more on the overall body of work produced by a single journalism entity. Ultimately it was felt that The New York Times on the Web multimedia team had done the most to advance ‘the evolution of web-based photojournalism’ through the sheer quality and quantity of multimedia storytelling they produced throughout 2004.”

In the Best Picture Story category, Blueeyes magazine won for “Haiti Turns 200.”

“The entry ‘Haiti Turns 200’ was simply the best body of photojournalism we reviewed. The site is a striking compilation of work primarily from photographers Mike Stocker, Benjamin Lowy, and Chris Usher, with additional images from Lisa Krantz, Melissa Lyttle and others. The photography was gorgeous in its use of color, texture and light,” judge Dan Habib said.

“The originality of vision was stronger and more personal than any other body of work we reviewed. The picture editing was just tight enough to prevent redundancy. Though we enjoyed the audio many other sites offered, photojournalism this powerful needs nothing other than the clean presentation Blueeyes magazine provided. The site is unobtrusive, allowing the photography to take the center stage it deserved. The photographs loaded quickly and the navigation was simple. We applaud John Loomis for providing this remarkable forum for great photojournalism.”

Looking back on the week of judging, Jenkins said, “The change this year was most evident in the judges giving an award to a ‘photoblog’ with an Honorable Mention in the Unaffiliated News Picture Story category ("Just Married; Ephemera"), as well as with the judges’ choice of “Haiti Turns 200” by the Unaffiliated Web site Blueeyes magazine as the contest’s Best Picture Story winner.”

Jenkins said the judges were excited by these changes. “We believe we have clearly reached a turning point. It’s no long a question of ‘Will our organization have a Web site?’ That’s been replaced by, ‘How good will our Web site be?’”

There were some entries of exceptional quality in this year’s competition. “The New York Times on the Web captured the title of ‘Best Use of the Web’ through, as the judges said, ‘the sheer quality and quantity of multimedia storytelling they produced throughout 2004.”

This year's Web judges were Shawn Greene, multimedia projects editor for The Miami Herald and; Andrew DeVigal, an assistant professor at San Francisco State University who teaches visual and online journalism and who is the founder of DeVigal Design; Dan Habib, photography editor for The Concord Monitor and creator of the multi-media documentary “Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion”; and Maria Bunai, the photography editor for Time magazine’s online edition,, who formerly worked in the illustrations department for National Geographic and was a photography editor at America Online. Bunai’s been a visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, and she was one of the judges for the first Best Of Photojournalism Web site competition in 2002.

In the News Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "Fear and Fury in Western Sudan." won second place for "The Tragedy of Sudan," and won third place for "Jessica’s Head (photographed by NPPA’s 2005 Best Of Photojournalism Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Jim Gehrz). Honorable Mentions were given to The New York Times on the Web for "At Life’s End: Oregon’s Suicide Option"; for "Remembering A President"; and for "Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Dies at 75."

In the News Picture Story category for Smaller Affiliated Sites, The Arizona Daily Star took first place for "Smuggling Children," and won second place for "Philippines Showdown."

In the News Picture Story category for Unaffiliated Sites, Blueeyes magazine took first place for "Haiti Turns 200." "Bush v. Kerry (The Love Issue)" won second place for Blueeyes magazine, and Blueeyes magagzine also won an Honorable Mention for "Just Married; Ephemera."

In the Feature Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, theLos Angeles Times took first place for "Living On Pennies." won second place for "Latitude Zero," and won third place for "The Cost Of Liberty." Honorable Mentions were given to America Online for "Ballet," and for "Wounded In The Line Of Duty."

In the Feature Picture Story category for Smaller Affiliated Sites, took first place for "Last Days, Last Rays," and won second place for "Asian Journey: Misty Mountain Top."

In the Feature Picture Story category for Unaffiliated Sites, Blueeyes magazine took first place for "Lost on Route 93." Blueeyes also won second place for "The Lubavitch," and won third place for "Dollars and Sense." An Honorable Mention was given to Ripserve for "The Call Center."

In the Campaign Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, took first place for "On The Trail With Bush". also won second place for "On The Trail With Kerry." An Honorable Mention was given to Reuters for "Head To Head."

In the Olympics Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, took first place for "2004 Summer Olympics." There were no additional awards given in this category.

In the Sports Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "Frozen Basketball," and The won second place for "The Boys Are Back."

In the Sports Picture Story category for Unaffiliated Sites, Blueeyes magazine took first place for "The Glass Joes."

In the Best Multimedia Package category for Large Affiliated Sites, took first place for "The State Funeral Of Ronald Wilson Reagan." The New York Times on the Web won second place for "The Next Wave," and won third place for "The Year In Pictures." Honorable Mentions were given to for "Defining The Barier"; for "Fiory: First Steps"; and for "Récit multimédia."

In the Best Multimedia Package category for Smaller Affiliated Sites, ANG Newspapers took first place for "Going Within." The Knoxville News won second place for "Inside the Toughman," and they also won third place for "Leaving Home." Honorable Mentions were given to The Post-Crescent for "Octoberfest," and The Oakland Tribune for "New Voters Are Rising."

In the Best Multimedia Package category for Unaffiliated Sites, the University of North Carolina took first place for "Chiloe Stories." The Mountain Workshops won second place for "Lebanon, KY," and The Photography Channel won third place for "Saved From The Streets."

In the Campaign Multimedia Package category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "The 2004 Campaign In Pictures." won second place for "Republican National Convention," and The New York Times on the Web won third place for "Campaign Moments."

In the Olympics Multimedia Package category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "Dreams At The End Of A Long Road." The New York Times on the Web also won second place for "Photographer’s Journal: A Journey Through Greece," and won third place for "The Double Arabian: A Very Dangerous Skill."

Today marked the end of two weeks of NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 contest judging at The Poynter Center for Media Studies in St. Petersburg. Last week, the Television Photography and Editing categories were judged, preceding this week’s Still Photography contest. Poynter hosts the judging as part of their ongoing sponsorship of the NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contests. Winners in all Best Of Photojournalism 2005 categories are now posted on online at NPPA's contest Web site.


Gehrz Named Newspaper Photographer Of The Year, Anderson Is Magazine Photographer Of The Year

ST. PETERSBURG, FL  – The Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Still Photography judges today ended a long week of picking winners by naming the new NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Newspaper and Magazine Photographers of the Year.

Jim Gehrz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and freelancer Chris Anderson is the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Magazine Photographer of the Year. And Barry Chin, a staff photojournalist for The Boston Globe, won the Sports Portfolio of the Year award.

Gehrz, an NPPA member since 1999, joined the Star Tribune in 2004 after working for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for nearly four years, following 14 years as a staff photojournalist for The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Before that, he was a photographer at the Worthington Daily Globe where, in 1985, he was first named Minnesota POY. Four times he’s been named Minnesota News Photographer of the Year, and six times the Wisconsin News Photographer of the Year.

“It’s been an extraordinary year for Jim. He’s probably the most passionate, humble photojournalist I’ve ever met,” said Peter Koeleman, the Star Tribune’s director of photography. “He’s very critical of himself, and he’ll go back on a story many times if he’s not happy with it, and he’ll do it in a very compassionate and sensitive way.”

Gehrz was riding on a light rail train in Minneapolis with his daughter when called with the news that he’d won Newspaper Photographer of the Year. “Wow!” he said, “That’s just amazing. It’s funny, because it’s my first year at the Star Tribune, and that first year you try to get into ‘the zone’ and prove to them that they hired the right person. I did that in Worthington, I did that in Milwaukee.”

One of Gehrz’s mentors is Erv Gebhard, a photojournalist recently retired from The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “When Erv retired last year, I remember saying that you’ve got to pick and choose your mentors, and I have to say there’s a lot of Erv Gebhard in that portfolio. I’ve got to thank him.”

Gehrz dreamed of being a newspaper photojournalist while growing up in St. Paul, MN. He studied English at Hamline University where he took photographs for the school and started freelancing for area newspapers.

Asked if there was one moment in his winning portfolio that was special for him, he said, “Yes, Jessica’s story.” Jessica Clements, 27, was one of more than 10,000 American soldiers injured in Iraq. She was a model and massage therapist before becoming a soldier. Clements was critically injured when a roadside bomb exploded beneath the truck she was riding in, sending shrapnel into the right side of her brain. She was given less than a 2 percent chance to live. Gehrz followed her recovery through surgery and rehabilitation at the Minnesota Veterans Medical Center.

“The moment that moved me the most was when I shot Jessica in the hospital, right before she went into surgery, and she was kissing her fiancé goodbye during a quiet moment. We almost got arrested by the naval police. They didn’t want any photographs taken in the hospital. We’re walking up to her room, literally 10 feet away, and the public relations person says, ‘You know there are no pictures allowed, right?’ We’d gotten to that point with her, and I wasn’t going to be there without saying goodbye, so I put down my cameras and went in. She said, ‘Where’s your cameras?’ and I told her they weren’t allowing photographs. She said, ‘That’s not right.’ For those few minutes, for that instant, we really connected, and I took that picture.”

Jahi Chikwendiu of The Washington Post was awarded second place in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year category, and Andrea Woodall of The Washington Post finished third. Judges gave an Honorable Mention in the category to Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune.

After judging the Newspaper Photographer of the Year category, judge Victor Vaughan said, “The first place winner displayed a wide variety of approaches to the subjects. The photographer documented quite well with striking and direct photographs. I can hear the photographers voice.” Judge Gary Hershorn said, “What I liked best in this portfolio was that it had one of the strongest picture stories."

Judge Bonnie Jo Mount said, “This winning portfolio contained beautiful photographs, all the stories are well told, there’s not a weak image in this portfolio." Judge Hal Buell said, “The difference in the quality between the finalists is very small. This is something that has happened in several of the categories we've judged in this contest. It is something the profession, not just individual photographers, can be proud of."

Freelance photojournalist Chris Anderson is the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Magazine Photographer of the Year. The bulk of Anderson’s winning portfolio appeared in U.S. News & World Report and was shot when he was still with Agency VII, although some of the winning pictures were shot for Esquire and Premier magazine. He’s since left VII and is self-represented, and he has moved back to New York from Paris where he lived in recent years.

“Time really flies," Anderson said when he was told that he’d won the Magazine POY title. "I look back at that portfolio and think, ‘Was that only last February?’" He’s just back from shooting in Venezuela, where he’s continuing an essay that he started there last year, in addition to spending time back in his native Texas photographing what he calls “a sort of portrait of America, updating in my mind how it looks now as opposed to how it was when I was growing up in Abilene."

Some photographs in Anderson’s portfolio were from last year’s Republican National Convention. "The convention was pretty bizarre," Anderson says. "It’s not the kind of thing that I normally photograph, but I requested it and I found it to be pretty visual – but very bizarre."

Anderson is a past winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, given by the Overseas Press Club for exceptional courage and enterprise, for his coverage of Haitian immigrants sailing to America. He was awarded the Visa D’Or in Perpignan for his photographs of the Afghan refugee crisis.

Anderson thanks U.S. News & World Report for making his recent work possible, “especially Oliver Picard, for his backing and support.”

Marcus Bleasdale was awarded second place in the Magazine Photographer of the Year category for his coverage of rebel uprisings and strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo that was published in the Saturday Telegraph magazine. James Nachtwey of VII Agency was awarded third place for a collected essay that included coverage of Alexandra township in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Li River in China, the crisis in West Darfur, and other stories.

In the Sports Portfolio of the Year category, Barry Chin of The Boston Globe was awarded first place. Adam Pretty of Getty Images was second place, and Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune was third. Judges gave a Special Recognition honor to Louis DeLuca of The Dallas Morning News for his sports portfolio entry.

The judges also announced winners in other categories judged yesterday and today.

In the Magazine Feature Picture Story category, James Nachtwey of VII Agency won first place for an essay on a 52-mile stretch of the Li River in China. Second place went to Ryan Anson of Network Photographers, and third place to Per-Anders Pettersson of Getty Images for an essay shot for Stern magazine. Honorable mentions were awarded to Tamara Voninski of Oculi/Vu; Carlos Villalon ofNational Geographic; and Roger Lemoyne of Redux Pictures.

Yesterday judges named Chicago-based freelancer Jon Lowenstein the winner of Cliff Edom's "New America Award" for his essay “Pocket Town Kids: Passion, Hope, and Connection on Chicago’s Southside.” The essay of 25 color photographs tells the story of the teachers who struggle to make education better for every child at the Paul Revere Elementary School, grades pre-kindergarten through eighth.

In 2003, Lowenstein won the NPPA-Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant, and in the 58th Annual Pictures Of The Year competition he was the Magazine Photographer of the Year. Currently he’s working on several book projects in addition to teaching photography to students at Paul Revere Elementary School, where he also coaches basketball and helps to publish the community newspaper, Our Streets, in the same Southside Chicago neighborhood that he’s documenting.

Winners in all Best Of Photojournalism 2005 categories are now posted on online at NPPA's contest Web site.

Tonight marked the end of two weeks of NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 contest judging at The Poynter Center for Media Studies in St. Petersburg. Last week, the Television Photography and Editing categories were judged, preceding this week’s Still Photography contest. Poynter hosts the judging as part of their ongoing sponsorship of the NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contests.


NPPA's Honors & Recognition Awards Now Open For Nominations

DURHAM, NC – NPPA past president Todd Stricker urges members to please take a moment to nominate for recognition those individuals who have given time and energy to the NPPA and the world of photojournalism during the past year.

"Please send all award nominees names with a brief reason why you think they should receive the award to [email protected]," Stricker asks. "There are numerous awards to be given, and they're described here and on the NPPA Web site." Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2005. Here are some of the awards open for nominations:

Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award
This award, established in 1949, is the highest honor in the field of photojournalism. It is awarded to not more than two individuals each year and is granted only if achievement is, in the opinion of the Committee on Honorary Recognitions, of a sufficiently high standard. Two awards may be given:

1. To a working photojournalist, a plaque and ring to an individual who advances, elevates or attains unusual recognition for the profession of photojournalism by conduct, initiative, leadership, skill and devotion to duty.
2. To an individual not a working photojournalist, a plaque and ring for unusual service or achievement beneficial to photojournalism or for an outstanding technology advance in equipment or processes of photojournalism.

Joseph A. Sprague, who died in 1947, was a press technical representative for Graflex Corp., Rochester, N.Y. The firm manufactured Graflex and Speed and Crown Graphic cameras and flash units. Sprague is credited with the design of the Big Bertha, Magic Eye and Combat Camera and dozens of refinements to the Speed Graphic.

Joseph Costa Award
Awarded to an individual for most outstanding initiative, leadership and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in the tradition of Joseph Costa, a founder of NPPA, its first president and chairman of the board (one award each year; established 1954). Joseph Costa also edited the official NPPA magazine, then called the National Press Photographer, from 1946 to 1966. For nearly 44 years, he was a photographer, chief photographer or photo supervisor for the New York Morning News, New York Daily News and New York Daily Mirror. Until 1985, he taught photojournalism at Ball State University, Muncie, IN, where he was awarded an honorary degree upon retirement. Joe Costa died in 1988. Claude Cookman's book, A Voice Is Born, written for the NPPA, describes the role Costa played in the founding of the organization.

Clifton C. Edom Award
This award, established in 1991, recognizes an individual in the tradition of Cliff Edom to inspire and motivate members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights. Cliff Edom taught at the University of Missouri for 29 years where he founded the University of Missouri Photojournalism Workshop and the Pictures of the Year competition. Edom was co-author of Picture Editing, the first book about picture handling for newspaper photographers and editors. He also wrote three other books. In addition, Edom is credited with coining the word "photojournalism." Clif Edom died in 1991.

J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award
Awarded to those rendering continuing outstanding service in the interests of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography (established 1948). J. Winton Lemen was a charter member of the NPPA. In 1952, after a distinguished career as a news photographer at the Rocky Mountain News, Pittsburgh Press and Buffalo Times, Lemen established the photo press markets division of the Eastman Kodak Co. and served as the firm's liaison with the nation's news photographers. Wint Lemen also organized four Rochester Photo Conferences and established a scholarship in his name at Kent (OH) State University. He retired from Kodak in 1970 and died in Rochester, NY, on July 25, 1984. He was a recipient of NPPA's Joseph Sprague Award.

Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award
This award is given to those rendering continuing outstanding service in the interests of news photography whether or not they are members of the profession. Kenneth P. McLaughlin, a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle until his death in 1952, was the third president of the NPPA.

Morris Berman NPPA Citations
This citation is given to individuals or organizations for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism. Morris Berman is a past president of the NPPA and the Press Photographers Association of Greater Pittsburgh. He had attended all of NPPA's annual conventions until his death in 2002.

Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award
Renamed in recognition of News Photographer Editor Emeritus Jim Gordon in 2003. Originally established in 1958 and awarded annually to a newspaper or magazine editor for outstanding service to the profession of photojournalism and to the progress and ideals of NPPA.

Robin F. Garland Educator Award 
This award is given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator. Bob Garland was a picture editor and war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post until he joined Graflex Inc. as press representative after WWII. Later he became a press photography products specialist for Eastman Kodak Co. He died in December 1972.

John Durniak Mentor Award
Awarded to an individual who has served as an outstanding mentor, either to specific individual or to photojournalism in general. Nominations are to come from working photojournalists. The recipient of the award may have, but not need to have, any formal connection to photojournalism. Over the years, Durniak was executive editor of Popular Photography magazine, picture editor at Time magazine and The New York Times, and managing editor of Look. He was an enthusiastic mentor who nurtured some of the most prominent photojournalists in the 20th century. John Durniak died in 1997.

Humanitarian Award 
The Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual for playing a key role in the saving of lives or in rescue situations.

NPPA Special Citations

Outstanding Publication Award 
The award recognizes the production of the most outstanding regional chapter publication.

Outstanding Student Chapter


William Snyder Named Director Of Photography For The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS, TX - Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist William Snyder has been named director of photography for The Dallas Morning News effective immediately, senior deputy managing editor Walt Stallings announced to the newspaper staff March 21.

Snyder, an NPPA member since 1979, has been serving as interim director for several months after former director of photography Ken Geiger moved to be the new senior editor of technology for National Geographicmagazine in Washington, DC.

“William’s passion and skill make him the ideal person to build upon our tradition of excellence in photography,” Stallings wrote in the announcement. “Please join me in congratulating him in his new role.”

“We have some of the best photojournalists in the country at The Dallas Morning News and I’m honored and excited to be working with all of them in this new position. It’s a tough act following Ken Geiger and John Davidson, but my goal is to help everyone reach the highest level they want to achieve – to reach their goals – whether they’re an editor, photographer, lab technician or librarian,” Snyder told News Photographer today.

“This business is going through a tough time right now as we search for answers to our declining readership. As the newspaper searches for new ways to attract and retain readers, we will continue to do our part by providing the very best visual storytelling possible.”

Snyder won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1989 along with reporter David Hanners and artist Karen Blessen for their special report on a 1985 airplane crash, the follow-up investigation, and the implications for air safety. In 1991, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his pictures of ill and orphaned children living in desperate conditions in Romania. In 1993, Snyder and Ken Geiger won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News photography for their photographic coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

He joined The Dallas Morning News in 1983 and for 17 years was a staff photographer, winning many top photography awards. In 1998 he changed roles and moved into editing and has been the night photography editor, assignments editor, a metro/suburban photography editor, and most recently the assistant director of photography in the newspaper’s aggressive Collin County bureau.

“As a member of this staff for over 21 years I've seen us become one of the best photojournalism departments in the country and I'm excited by the prospect of reaching even higher achievements in the coming months and years,” Snyder said today.

“And, to be sure, we are storytellers first and foremost – not just photographers. We are devoted to telling our subjects’ stories in the best and most appropriate way we can. It’s not about us. It’s about the people we meet and their stories, which they have chosen to share with the world through us.

“We also want to broaden our storytelling capabilities through the use of audio and video and expand our audience through the aggressive use of our Web site. Since David Leeson is on the cutting edge of video storytelling techniques, he will lead the department in this area in the coming months. We will also have an editor whose primary job is to work with the staff to produce unique content for the Web and some special projects for the paper.

Snyder is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and worked as a staff photographer at The Miami News before moving to Dallas. At 14, in Henderson, KY, he would ride his bike to photography assignments for The Gleaner when his mother couldn’t drive him.


University Of Missouri Names Michael Macor, Marcus Bleasdale, POYi Photographers Of The Year

COLUMBIA, MO. - Photojournalist Michael Macor of The San Francisco Chronicle has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the University of Missouri School of Journalism's 62nd Annual Pictures of the Year International competition in Columbia, MO. The runners-up for Newspaper POY were David Joles of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times. Awards of Excellence went to Sylwia Kapuscinski of the Detroit Free Press and to Rick Gershon, who was also this year's College Photographer of the Year top winner.

London-based photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale, who just last week won the 2005 Alexia Foundation Grant for professionals, was named the POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year. Runners-up were freelancer Ami Vitale and Jan Grarup from Denmark.

The Los Angeles Times won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for the second year in a row, and The Palm Beach Post won Best Use Of Photography honors for newspapers circulating over 100,000. The Albuquerque Tribune won Best Use for papers less than 100,000. Best Use Of Photographs in a magazine was awarded to Sports Illustrated.

Photojournalist Seamus Murphy of London won the World Understanding Award, and Carolyn Drake won the Community Awareness Award. Francine Orr of the Los Angeles Times and freelancer Janet Jarman received Judges' Special Recognition Awards.

Best Use Of Multimedia top honors went to The New York Times Digital for "Photography on NYTimes: 2004" in the Large Media category, and to Western Kentucky University for "Mountain Workshops: Lebanon, Kentucky" in the Small Media category.

A full list of winners by category is available online at


Voisin, Washington Post Take Top Northern Short Course Honors

RESTON, VA – Damon Kiesow reports from the site of the 24th Annual Northern Short Course in Reston, VA, thatWashington Post photojournalist Sarah Voisin was named NSC Photographer of the Year last night at the seminar's awards banquet, and that the Post photography staff team was picked as the Newspaper Staff of the Year as well.

Kiesow, the event chairperson, said that 31 workshops were presented over three days in still and television photography, there were six keynote lectures, more than 300 portfolio reviews, and contest entries from more than 100 photojournalists from Regions 1, 2 and 3 were judged. He said that there were 328 paid attendees (254 professionals, 74 students) and that organizers anticipate making a profit from the event.

"There are literally dozens of staff and volunteers who contribute to the success of the event each year - and we owe them all a huge thanks," Kiesow wrote. "I won't even try to name all of the outstanding speakers and faculty who joined us - take a look at for a full list - but it may have been the most talented and acclaimed group of photojournalists we have ever gathered under one roof. They also deserve a huge thanks for taking time out of their very busy schedules to be with us." Also, a complete list of contest winners will be posted on the NSC Web site soon.

The NSC board voted to extend their location planning to a three year cycle, Kiesow said, and selected the next three locations for the annual seminar: Cherry Hill, NJ, in 2006; Warwick, RI, in 2007; and Rochester, NY, in 2008.