Daniel Berehulak, Scott McIntyre Win NPPA's Photojournalists Of The Year

AT TOP: Bishnu Gurung cried as the body of her daughter, Rejina Gurung, 3, recovered from the rubble of her earthquake destroyed home, lays covered by cloth during her funeral on May 8, 2015, in the village of Gumda, Nepal. CENTER: Villagers look on as a helicopter bringing food relief and supplies prepares to take-off on April 30, 2015 in Charikot, Nepal. On April 25, just before noon local time, as farmers were out in fields and people at home or work, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8
AT TOP: Bishnu Gurung cried as the body of her daughter, Rejina Gurung, 3, recovered from the rubble of her earthquake destroyed home, lays covered by cloth during her funeral on May 8, 2015, in the village of Gumda, Nepal. CENTER: Villagers look on as a helicopter bringing food relief and supplies prepares to take-off on April 30, 2015 in Charikot, Nepal. On April 25, just before noon local time, as farmers were out in fields and people at home or work, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring more than 21,000. BOTTOM: The winter expedition crew of Russian research team and Chilean scientist Dr Ernesto Molina (at right), drink "Samagon," a home-made vodka, as they sit in a bedroom of the Bellingshausen Antarctica base on November 28, 2015, near Villa Las Estrellas, in the Fildes Peninsula on King George Island, Antarctica. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANIEL BEREHULAK FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

By Donald R. Winslow and NPPA staff

ATHENS, OH (March 28, 2016) – Daniel Berehulak, shooting for The New York Times, was today named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2016 Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets), and Scott McIntyre of the Naples (FL) Daily News was selected as the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets).

Judges picked Al Bello of Getty Images as the 2016 Sports Photojournalist of the Year. It should be noted that photographers from Getty Images accomplished a total sweep of the category, from first place to honorable mentions. The runner-up in this category is Patrick Smith of Getty Images, and third place is Matthias Hangst of Getty Images. Honorable mentions were awarded to Cameron Spencer of Getty Images AsiaPac, and to David Ramos of Getty Images.

Repeating her win from last year, Mary F. Calvert of ZUMA Press won Cliff Edom's "New America Award" for her long-term documentary project "Missing In Action: Homeless Women Veterans." The ongoing project has been supported by a $25K 2014 Women's Initiative Grant from The Alexia Foundation. Calvert won the 2015 "New America Award" for her documentary project, "The Battle Within: Sexual Assault In America's Military."

"I'm so happy that this body of work has gotten the recognition that the issue so greatly needs," Calvert told News Photographer magazine today.

"It's important that more people are starting to see what's happening right under our noses, when veterans come back from the war and military service and they're damaged, and they're trying to put their lives back together. I'm so honored to be recognized by NPPA, it really warms my heart."

Berehulak, the Large Market Photojournalist of the Year, is currently on assignment in Brussels and working nearly around the clock to cover the aftermath of the terrorist bombings. He was reached in Belgium on Sunday to convey the news that he won the top place in this year's Best Of Photojournalism contest.

"I am deeply honored for my portfolio to be recognized by the jury of NPPA this year," he told News Photographer magazine. "I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to connect with people, and to share their stories to the world."

Berehulak turned to photography in 2000 following his first career – in business – after studying history in Wales. Born in Australia, he first shot for an agency there before joining Getty Images in Sydney. Berehulak became a Getty Images staff photographer in London in 2005 and he is now based in New Delhi.

McIntyre, the Small Market Photojournalist of the Year, is a Louisville native who graduated with a photojournalism degree from Western Kentucky University in 2010. He has been working in Naples since 2011. McIntyre finished third place in this category in both the 2014 and the 2015 contest, warming up before taking this year's top spot.

"Maybe the variety of my stories in the portfolio is what's different this year," McIntyre told News Photographer magazine. "I was surprised by the variety of assignments I had this year, and the stories I worked on were really enjoyable. The story on the stone crabbers is something I've wanted to do for at least five years, since I got here, and working on it was more like fun than work. And this year's portfolio was a very 'Florida' portfolio, different than the ones I've entered before. It's got Florida's colors, its beaches, its characters, and senior citizen love ... it's unique, compared to my portfolios of the past."

[Images from McIntyre's portfolio are seen at left.]

In the Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets) category the runner-up is Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times. Third place is Christoffer Hjalmarsson of Expressen, and an honorable mention was awarded to Paula Bronstein of Getty Images Reportage.

In the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets) category the runner-up is Rachel Mummey of The Herald, in Dubois County, IN, and third place is Gerry Melendez of The State in Columbia, SC. An honorable mention was awarded to Loren Holmes of the Alaska Dispatch News.

The runner-up for the Cliff Edom "New America Award" is Brian Cassella of the Chicago Tribune, and third place is Jim Lo Scalzo of European Pressphoto Agency. Honorable mentions were awarded to Erika Schultz of The Seattle Times, independent photojournalist April Saul, and Joe Amon of The Denver Post.

Edom's "New America Award" recognizes excellence in photographic storytelling about rural or ethnically diverse people. Clifton C. Edom (1907-1991), a University of Missouri School of Journalism professor, co-founded the Missouri Photographic Workshop with his wife, Vilia, in 1949. A fundamental belief behind NPPA's Edom Award is that in urban communities and rural towns the spirit of diversity is celebrated and witnessed in everyday life, and the award intends to recognize award-winning photographic storytelling about communities, groups, and issues in America that are often under-covered by the mainstream press.

The Best Of Photojournalism final round judges for the Still Photography contest included photojournalist and NPPA past-president Clyde Mueller, who is now the photo editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper; visuals director Harry E. Walker of the Naples (FL) Daily News; John Agnone, a former senior editor for National Geographic publications; and Brooke LaValley, a staff photojournalist for The Columbus (OH) Dispatch. 

"During the judging, Harry Walker abstained from discussing and voting in categories that contained entrants that he is associated with," OU VisCom associate professor of visual communication Stan Alost pointed out today. "We go to great lengths to discuss ethics and conflicts of interest prior to judging and during categories, when it's appropriate. Photojournalism is a small world, and most of us who have been at this for any length of time know many of the folks whose work we judge. I can assure entrants that judges are not swayed by familiarity or by friendship with the other judges."

Final judging for this year's Best Of Photojournalism contest was done on campus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication in Athens, OH. The judging was coordinated by NPPA BOP Contest Committee chair Terry Eiler and Stan Alost. 

Best Of Photojournalism Still Photography contest judges today also released winners in the remaining categories:

In Domestic News (Single), first place is Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images. Second place is Andrew Nelles of Reuters, and third place is Michael DeMocker of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com. Honorable mentions were awarded to Stephanie Strasburg of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mark Pynes of PAHAP, and Alex Brandon of the Associated Press.

In the Domestic News Story category, first place is Drew Angerer for Getty Images. Second place is Mark Peterson shooting for MSNBC, and third place is Grace Beahm of The Post & Courier. Honorable mentions were awarded to Jabin Botsford of The Washington Post, and Sait Serkan Gurbuz of Reuters. 

In the General News (Single) category, first place is Daniel Ochoa de Olza of the Associated Press. Second place is independent photojournalist April Saul, and third place is Jacquelyn Martin of the Associated Press. Honorable mentions were awarded to Petros Giannakouris of the Associated Press, Joel Saget of Agence France-Presse, and Wally Skalij of the Los Angeles Times.

In the Feature/Enterprise (Single) category, first place is Kevin Rivoli of the Syracuse Media Group. Second place is Wall Skalij of the Los Angeles Times, and third place is Elizabeth Frantz of The Mountain Workshops. Honorable mentions were awarded to Marie D. DeJesus of the Houston Chronicle, and to Reuters.

In the International News (Single) category, first place is independent photojournalist Amnon Gutman. Second place is Jerome Delay of the Associated Press, and third place is Abd Doumany of Agence France-Presse. Honorable mentions were awarded to Santi Palacios of the Associated Press, Abbas Momani of Agence France-Presse, Giulio Piscitelli of Contrasto, and Lefteris Pitarakis of the Associated Press.

In the International News Story category, first place is Jacob Ehrbahn of Politiken. Second place is independent photojournalist Maciej Dakowicz, and third place is Jaime Anaya of El Dario de Hoy. An honorable mention was awarded to Abd Doumany of Agence France-Press.

In the Contemporary Issues (Single) category, first place is Antonio Masiello shooting for NurPhoto and ZUMA Press. Second place is Kevin Frayer for Getty Images, and third place is Sarah Weiser for Retro Report. Honorable mentions were awarded to Ilya Pitalev of Sputnik International, Gregor Fisher of DPA and ZUMA Press, and James A. Rodriguez of MiMundo.org.

In the Contemporary Issues Story category, first place is Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times for "Making The Crossing To Lesbos." Second place is Giles Clarke of Getty Images Reportage, and third place is Ashley Gilbertson for VII Photo/UNICEF. Honorable mentions were awarded to Omar Havana, independent photojournalist Pete Kiehart, and The Denver Post.

In the Sports Action (Single) category, first place is Al Bello of Getty Images. Second place is Chris Trotman of British magazine, and third place is Scott Barbour of Getty Images AsiaPac. Honorable mentions were awarded to Francisco Seco of the Associated Press, Thomas Eisenhuth of ZUMA Press and Imago, and Mark J. Rebilas of USA Today Sports Images.

In the Sports Feature (Single) category, first place is Mark Blinch of Canadian Press. Second place is Matthew Hinton of The New Orleans Advocate, and third place is Fei Maohua of China's Xinhua News Agency. Honorable mentions were awarded to Alexey Filippov of Sputnikimages.com, Joel Marklund of Bildbyran, and Charles Krupa of the Associated Press.

In the Pictorial (Single) category, first place is Wally Skalij of the Los Angeles Times. Second place is Andres Kudacki of the Associated Press, and third place is Luca Bruno of the Associated Press. Honorable mentions were awarded to David L. Ryan of The Boston Globe, Patrick Smith of Getty Images, David Goldman of the Associated Press, and Linda Davidson of The Washington Post.

In the Best Published Picture Story (Large Market) category, first place is David Goldman of The Associated Press. Second place is Paolo Marchetti/Getty Images, and third place is Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe. An honorable mention was awarded to The Washington Post.

In the Best Published Picture Story (Small Markets) category, first place is Andy Colwell of the Erie Times-News. Second place is Hadas Parush of Flash 90, and third place is Jane Tyska of The Oakland Tribune. An honorable mention was awarded to Simon Moricz-Sabjan of Nepszabadsag, a Hungarian newspaper.

In the Sports Picture Story category, first place is Alexey Filippov of Sputnikimages.com. Second place is Daniel Ochoa de Olza of the Associated Press, and third place is Aaron Lavinsky of the Star Tribune. Honorable mentions were awarded to Loren Holmes of the Alaska Dispatch News, Gerry Melendez of ESPN The magazine, and Al Tielemans.

In the Portrait & Personality (Single) category, first place is Canadian photojournalist Marta Iwanek. Second place is independent photojournalist Andrey Lomakin, and third place is Carolyn Van Houten of the San Antonio Express-News. Honorable mentions were awarded to Christoffer Hjalmarsson of Expressen, and Aristide Economopoulos of New Jersey Advance Media.

In the Portrait (Series) category, first place is Felipe Dana of the Associated Press. Second place is Christoffer Hjalmarsson of Expressen, and third place is Magnus Wennman of Aftonbladet. Honorable mentions were awarded to independent photojournalist Andrey Lomakin, sports photographer Petr Toman of the Czech Republic, Jahi Chikwendiu of The Washington Post, and independent photojournalist Jana Asenbrennerova.

In the Environmental (Single) category, first place is Sergio Pitamitz of National Geographic Creative. Second place is Alvaro Vidal of EFE and ZUMA Press, and third place is Lori Hawkins. Honorable mentions were awarded to Josh Haner of The New York Times, and Robert F. Bukaty of the Associated Press.

In the Environmental Picture Story category, first place is Giles Clarke of Getty Images Reportage. Second place is Paolo Marchetti/Getty Images, and third place is Justin Sullivan of Getty Images. Honorable mentions were awarded to David Wallace of the Arizona Republic, Kieran Dodds, and two awards to Paolo Marchetti/Getty Images.

Judging in the final round of Best Of Photojournalism's Television Photography and Television Editing contests will begin on March 30 at Michigan State University, television chair Merry Murray said today. They will finish by April 2. 

This year's NPPA Best Of Photojournalism contests are once again sponsored by Ohio University's School of Visual Communication and the Michigan State University's School of Journalism.

 
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