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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.


Donna DeCesare Awarded Fulbright Research Fellowship

AUSTIN, TX  - Donna DeCesare, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin, has been awarded a five-month Fulbright Research Fellowship to continue her work in Colombia.

She will pursue a documentary photographic project on children affected by Colombia’s civil war, collaborating with UNICEF and the Fundacion para un Nuevo Periodismo (the New Journalism Foundation, founded by Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez). She will also work with PANDI, a mentoring project for young photojournalists covering children’s issues in Colombia.

DeCesare’s exhibit, "Hijos del Destino: Youth Violence in Latin America," opens at the Atrium exhibit space at the London School of Economics in May, and in June she is scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers at the Photojournalism Biennial at Mexico City’s photographic arts complex Centro de la Imagen. Decesare’s multimedia essay “Mi Odisea Latinoamericana” will be projected there from June 9 to July 10, and she’ll also be teaching a five-day workshop in Mexico City.



NPPA Calls Newsweek's Martha Stewart Cover "A Major Ethical Breach"

DURHAM, NC  – The National Press Photographers Association, the society of professional photojournalism, today said thatNewsweek magazine’s use of an altered photograph of Martha Stewart on its cover last week was “a major ethical breach.” Stewart’s head was superimposed upon the body of a model who was photographed separately in a Los Angeles studio, and the composite image was published on Newsweek’s cover.

“NPPA finds it a total breach of ethics and completely misleading to the public,” NPPA president Bob Gould said today. “The magazine’s claim that ‘there was a mention on Page 3 that it was an illustration’ is not a fair disclosure. The average reader isn’t going to know that it isn’t Martha Stewart’s body in the photograph. The public often distrusts the media and this just gives them one more reason. This type of practice erodes the credibility of all journalism, not just one publication.”

NPPA Ethics Committee chairperson John Long asks, “When will they ever learn? No amount of captioning can ever cover for a visual lie. If you respect the written word enough not to lie, then you should respect the image enough not to lie as well. If it looks real, then in a news context it better be real.”

“Readers aren’t stupid. They’re critical thinkers,” says Mike Longinow, a former newspaper reporter and photojournalist who now teaches reporting, editing, and photojournalism at Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. “And their belief in the credibility of print media has been slipping for some time in this country. Many don't believe what they read. And when they can't believe what they see, either, in the visuals that are intended to invite their reading, they'll vote with their feet. They'll turn away – and not just from Newsweek. They'll be turned off to publications that care about visual and written integrity. That’s what makes this case (not the first one in recent decades) so tragic.”

It’s been more than a decade since the controversy over the O.J. Simpson arrest story when Timemagazine admitted it had darkened the police booking mugshot of Simpson on its June 27, 1994, cover, while Newsweek ran the unaltered photo on its cover. “Photojournalism classes and workshops at NPPA, at the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and at Associated Press Managing Editors’ conventions have been posting images of the O.J. Simpson magazine covers for years as examples of what not to do,” said Longinow. “It's been a ‘never again’ kind of lesson that we, as faculty and not a few photography directors have tried to reinforce.

“We try to make the point that photojournalism is about truth. It's about reality. We tell our students to take their hands off the keyboards, put down the mouse, and listen. ‘Manipulation is easy,’ we tell them. ‘Storytelling with real truth behind it is not. Don't go with the easy fix. Be patient, be relentless, and the truth can be put in your publication.’ What Newsweek has done is pull the rug out from under all of that. And they've done it with a cover that seems to say, ‘What lesson?’”

“The best way to fight the continued erosion of trust in journalism as a profession is to maintain and promote the highest possible ethical standards,” says John B. (Jack) Zibluk, an associate professor of photojournalism at Arkansas State University. “That’s particularly important for our high-profile mainstream news outlets, like Newsweek, which attract the most and widest attention from the public as well as set examples and standards for other media outlets. When Newsweek used a ‘tabloid style’ representation of Martha Stewart on its cover, the magazine not only undermined the trust of the magazine's audience, it undermined journalism as a profession.

“This incident and other high-profile lapses of judgment by major media outlets recently illustrate the need for ethical education, for outreach and dialogue between media practitioners, professional organizations such as NPPA, educators, ethicists, and audience members to make an effort to rebuild trust, forge understanding, and strengthen the role of free, honest discourse and speech in our society.”

As a result of the Stewart cover, Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker changed the magazine’s byline and crediting policy. Bylines and illustration credit lines will now appear directly on the magazine’s cover instead of inside the magazine or in the table of contents. The week following the flap over the Stewart cover, Whitaker wrote about what happened and the ensuing policy change in his weekly column, “The Editor’s Desk”:

“Seeking an image that would capture our take on the story — that Martha Stewart is emerging from prison in a much stronger position than anyone expected — we asked artist Michael Elins to create a humorous photo illustration of Stewart coming back looking better than ever. We identified the result as a photo illustration on our table of contents, and thought the combination of exaggerated imagery and cover line ‘Martha's Last Laugh’ would make clear that it was playful visual commentary, not a real picture of Stewart or an attempt to simulate one. But we quickly realized that it wasn't obvious to many of you at all. For that, we sincerely apologize. We would never seek to deceive our readers and are committed to respecting the integrity of serious news photography. To avoid confusion in the future, starting this week we will identify the origin of our main cover image in a credit on the cover itself.”

“Newsweek’s new policy of putting a photo illustration credit on what appears to be a documentary photograph directly on the cover does not justify its deception. The Martha Stewart photograph on the Newsweek cover is a lie and it damages the credibility of our entire profession,” says Rich Beckman, head of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s visual communication program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

“I was particularly interested to see Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker’s quote in an online news story: ‘We're not going to make this particular mistake again,’ because Newsweek has previously been guilty of (digitally) straightening the teeth of Bobbi McCaughey (the mother of septuplets) in a photograph, and of publishing an image that appeared to show Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise standing side by side – even though the two pictures had been shot separately,” Beckman said.

“I wonder how many heads have to be attached (to other people’s bodies) before the industry learns its lesson. We've had the head of former Texas Governor Ann Richards placed on the body of a model sitting astride a motorcycle on the cover of Texas Monthly in July 1992, Oprah Winfrey's head placed on Ann Margaret's body on the cover of the August 26, 1989, issue of TV Guide, and in July 2003, Redbook published a cover photo of actress Julia Roberts that USA Today revealed to be a composite created by sticking the head of a year-old photograph of Roberts atop the body from a four-year-old photograph of her.”

“In my media ethics courses, I always bring up the deception used by TV Guide when they put Oprah Winfrey's head on Ann Margaret's body,” said Lee Anne Peck, an assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at the University of Northern Colorado. “The students are always properly outraged, and this example always leads to good class discussion about photo fakery: Is it enough for the publication to mention that the image is a ‘photo illustration’? Is it ever okay to do this? Is TV Guide really a ‘news’ publication? The discussion always boils down to the importance of telling the truth and to the importance of not manipulating the public – which is not socially responsible. How unfortunate that more than 15 years later, I have a new example (Newsweek) to use in class for this discussion.”

Zibluk says, “I find it very disconcerting that Newsweek's editors see ‘labeling’ as the answer to the issue. It's not. The real answer to rebuilding the trust of the audience is to commit to true and accurate photojournalism. The increasing use of staged photographs, montages, and assorted illustrations to illustrate news is a real problem. The tendency to use more illustrations and fewer real photojournalistic images is blurring the line between opinion and truth the same way Web blogs and talk radio are blurring the line between ‘honest news’ and one-sided screed.”

NPPA (, based in Durham, NC, is dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing, and distribution, in all news media. NPPA’s mission statement and its newly revised Code of Ethics encourage photojournalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal practices.

For more information please contact NPPA president Bob Gould at [email protected] or NPPA Ethics Committee chairperson John Long at [email protected].


Marcus Bleasdale, Erika Schultz Are The 2005 Alexia Foundation Photography Grant Winners

Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale of London, England, is the winner of the 2005 Alexia Competition for professionals, and NPPA member and photojournalism student Erika Schultz of Northern Arizona University is the student winner.

Photograph by Marcus BleasdaleBleasdale, a freelancer who represents himself, won the $15,000 Alexia Foundation Grant for his proposal on "the effects of oil exploration in a world where it is increasing the catalyst of conflict, exploitation, and global pollution." He's a 1990 graduate of the University of Huddersfield in England with a BA with honors in economics and finance, and in 1999 he received a postgraduate degree in photojournalism from the London College of Printing. His book, One Hundred Years of Darkness, published in 2002, was the result of four years spent covering the internal conflict and war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Alexia Foundation said there were 170 entries in the professional category this year which were narrowed down to nine finalists.

Schultz, the student winner and an NPPA member since 2003, is a college senior majoring in photojournalism at Northern Arizona University. She's also the assistant photography editor of the school newspaper, the Lumberjack. The Alexia Foundation Grant for first place for the student winner is a $9,000 scholarship toward tuition, fees, and living expenses to study photojournalism in London in the fall semester through the Syracuse University Division of International Programs Abroad. First places also carries with it a $1,000 grant for completing the proposed picture story, and a $500 award to the college department that sponsors the winning student's entry. Schultz won for her proposal to "explore the diversity and culture within modern society's growing elder population" as "science and sheer stubbornness propel today's senior citizens to an advanced old age."

Photograph by Erika SchultzJudging was done February 26 at Syracuse University by Bob Gilka, former National Geographic director of photography and adjunct professor of photojournalism at Syracuse University; Mark Edelson, presentation editor for The Palm Beach Post; and Vin Alabiso, president of The Visual Journalism Alliance and former Associated Press director of global business development for photography.

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace was established by the family of Alexia Tsairis, an honors photojournalism student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University who was a victim of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight #103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. She was returning home for the Christmas holidays after spending a semester at the Syracuse University London Centre. Alexi, known as a promising photojournalism student, had interned for the Associated Press in New York City and she was deeply committed to world peace, supporting the efforts of Amnesty International and Greenpeace. The annual photography grants to professionals and students are "dedicated to helping photographers produce pictures that promote world peace and cultural understanding."

The winners' portfolios can be seen on the Alexia Foundation Web site at


Call For Entries: 17th Annual Gordon Parks International Photography Competition

The 2005 Gordon Parks International Photo Competition has issued a call for entries for their 17th annual competition. The entry deadline is July 13, 2005. “The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers around the world, and we accept color and black and white prints,” said Kari West, the contest coordinator at the Gordon Parks Center for Culture & Diversity at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KA.

“The 17th Annual Gordon Parks Photography Competition honors one of the world’s most famous photographers, Gordon Parks, who was born and raised in Fort Scott. This competition is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. Photographs submitted should reflect the important culture and diversity themes in the life and works of Gordon Parks,” West wrote.

The 2005 Gordon Parks Competition Finalists’ exhibit will hang from September 16 to October 14 at Fort Scott Community College. The contest is also part of the Second Annual Gordon Parks Celebration Of Culture and Diversity, which runs October 5-8 at the Center.

Each photographer may submit up to four photographs. Each photograph will be judged as an individual entry. No photo essays will be accepted. Digitally altered photos (any alteration that distorts the original image) will be disqualified.

For each photo entry there is a $15 fee. Photographers can enter up to four photographs. Checks or money orders (in U.S. funds) should be made payable to FSCC Endowment Association and should accompany the entries sent on disk or CD. The contest accepts Visa & Mastercard payments. All eMailed entries should have fees paid by July 13, 2005. All contest fees are non-refundable.

Photographs must be submitted on (either Mac or PC) 3.5 disks, CDs, CD-RWs, or via eMail to [email protected] All files must be JPEG in format. (If eMailed limit file size to less than 3MB.)No slides or actual photos will be allowed. Keep a copy of your entry for your records, we will NOT return any entries. If you wish to receive confirmation on e-mail entries, request it in your original message. File Names should match the name of the entry.

West says to include this information on the CD, disk, or with your eMail attachment:

1. Title of the Photograph
2. Your Name
3. Your Current Address, including zip code
4. A Current Phone number
5. A working eMail address

Photographers are encouraged to submit captions with their work. The captions should include the title of work, the photographer’s name, and the file name. Limit captions to 50 words or less.

The last day that photos and entry fees will be accepted for the competition is Wednesday, July 13,2005. (All entries must be postmarked by that date.)

The Entry Form for the competition can be downloaded here as an Acrobat .PDF file. The entry form is on the last page of the .PDF file. Additional information can be found at under "Special Events."

Preliminary judging will be completed using the files as they were originally submitted. The jury will select the images to be included in the final judging. Photographers whose entries are selected as finalists will be required to submit matted prints for the final judging. Finalists will be notified by phone or eMail.


Palm Beach Post Wins Gold Honors In 2004 Picture Editing Quarterly Clip Contest

Alex Burrows, in his last announcement of NPPA Picture Editing Quarterly Clip Contest (PEQCC) annual winners after ten years of chairing the contest, announced that The Palm Beach Post photography editing team won the top Gold honor in the 2004 editing competition. The Post amassed 790 points during 2004. Silver honor went to The Hartford Courant with 540 points, and Bronze honor to The Virginian-Pilotwith 250 points.

“Congratulations toThe Post,” Burrows said. “This is a year-long competition and involves judging at the end of each quarter. More than 20 judges from different newspapers, magazines, and universities participated. Congratulations to all the teams in the top ten, and thanks to all who participated.” Winners are chosen by giving point value to newspaper pages in top entries in five categories of news, sports, feature, picture page and multi-page.

Awards Of Excellence went to the newspaper picture editing teams who rounded out the top ten finishers. Those newspapers are:The San Jose Mercury News, 160 points;The Raleigh News & Observer, 140 points;Los Angeles Times, 130 points;The Rocky Mountain News, 110 points;The Star Tribune, 100 points;The Sacramento Bee, 90 points; andThe Record(Bergen County, NJ), 60 points.

Burrows, director of photography forThe Virginian-Pilot, stepped down as the contest’s chairperson after ten years of working as a volunteer organizing the PEQCC. In March, NPPA president Bob Gould appointed Mark Edelson, presentation editor forThe Palm Beach Post, to fill the position.

“We work really hard to craft a strong visual report of the news, whether its the war in Iraq or a high school track meet,” Edelson said after Burrows announced the winners. “We’ve got a long way to go before we really get it right, but we’re making an effort to nurture the creative relationships among editors, designers, reporters and photographers that make for better storytelling.” Two ofThe Post’swinning pages, “Daddy’s Little Girls” and “The Athens Olympics,” were done by turning the broadsheet newspaper sideways in the design.

“We experienced a horrendous hurricane season, andThe Post’sstorm coverage garnered a number of awards. What was most gratifying, however, is that the majority of pages that earned recognition in the contest involved coverage of other events, ranging from a father and daughter dance, to the Olympics, to Shaquille O’Neill’s signing with the Miami Heat. It’s encouraging that our peers felt we served our readers well not only during crises, but every day.”

When he was named as the contest’s new chairperson in March, Edelson said, “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.”

Please send 2005 PEQCC entries to: Mark Edelson, Presentation Editor,The Palm Beach Post, 2751 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL, 33405. Please send questions to[email protected].