EAST LANSING, MI (March 29, 2013) – Doug Burgess of KING-TV has been picked as this year's Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer Of The Year today during the final round of Television Photojournalism judging in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest.
Jeff Christian, also of KING-TV, was the runner-up.
There were 39 entries in the Video Photographer of the Year category and judges narrowed it down to 14 finalists.
Aside from Burgess and Christian the finalists were Rob Collett of KTUL-TV; Steve Fedoriska of KOMO-TV; Chris Hansen of KUSA-TV; David Larson of WBFF-TV; Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV; Jon Martin of KOMO-TV; Bill Middeke of KARE-TV; Nick Moron of WAVY-TV and WITI-TV; Matt Mrozinski of KING-TV; Kevin Sullivan of KUSA-TV; and Chris Wood of News 12 CT.
Today the judges narrowed the competition down to Hansen, Christian, Malat, Sullivan, Burgess, and Mrozinski.
For the final winners, judges were considering only three: Christian, Sullivan, and Burgess.
After picking Burgess as the winner, judge Brian Kaufman said, "He has the ability to take really complicated stories and shoot them in a way that made them conversational." Judge Lynn French said, "He has a signature to his stories, you could easily pick them out."
Speaking about Christian's entries, judge Kaufman said, "His entry was all-around good shooting. Spot news was his weakest category, but he spanned a broad range. His stories had the most memorable quotes."
(Watch video comments made by the judges on picking a winner in the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year category.)
Burgess has been at KING-TV in Seattle since September 2009. Before that he shot for WFAA-TV in Dallas, beginning in 1999. In his 22 years as a television photojournalist he's been NPPA's Regional POY 8 times and was a national Ernie Crisp POY runner-up in 2001. Burgess has won numerous regional Murrow and Emmy Awards, and at KING-TV was part of a team that was awarded a Columbia Dupont Award.
Christian started video news gathering as a teen, and shadowing a Des Moines anchor at the local CBS station turned into a high school internship that turned into part-time job as a photojournalist at KCCI-TV. After six years he left Iowa and worked for KMSP-TV and KARE-TV in Minneapolis. He was named the 2012 West Top Regional Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and was a finalist for National Photographer of the Year that same year.
Judges today also picked the NPPA Video Editor of the Year. The winner is James Evans of CNN. He has more than 20 years experience in the industry and has worked for CNN, CNNI, Headline news, Black In America, CNN's The Situation Room, and others.
Greg T. Johnson of WFAA-TV in Dallas was the runner-up.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism is sponsored this year by Michigan State University and Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.
Read about the winners in the individual Video Photography and Video Editing categories online here. Read about the Stations of the Year online here.