NPPA Announces Major New Award, Urges Nominations

Alicia Wagner Calzada
Alicia Wagner Calzada

DURHAM, NC (January 16, 2013) - The NPPA Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award was created last week by the board of directors during their annual business meeting, and in today's announcement of the award NPPA's Honors and Recognition Committee urged the photojournalism community to submit their nominations before the January 23, 2013, deadline.

The new award is the result of a resolution authored by NPPA’s immediate past president, Sean D. Elliot. The board unanimously approved the honor to recognize individuals or organizations whom have supported advocacy work in First Amendment freedoms. Calzada is an NPPA attorney, a longtime chair of the Advocacy Committee, as well as being an NPPA past president. 

To nominate someone for the NPPA Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award, send an eMail to the Honors and Recognition Committee chair, Bob Carey, at [email protected] before the January 23 deadline.

“For many years, NPPA was too timid on issues affecting our industry,” Elliot said. “Alicia came onto the board and introduced a series of resolutions that helped transform our organization into one that’s unafraid to take a stand. It’s only fitting that this award honor her and her efforts.”

The NPPA Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award is one of 18 different awards covering wide aspects of the photojournalism profession including editors, educators, business leaders, and non-photographers. The nomination period for NPPA's other major annual awards closed yesterday.

The winners of NPPA's annual awards will be honored in early May during the Northern Short Course in Elizabeth, NJ.

For more information, or to nominate, please send an eMail to [email protected].