ATHENS, GA (October 23, 2017) - Nominations are open for annual awards given by the National Press Photographers Association, including the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award given to someone who advances and elevates the visual journalism profession by conduct, initiative, leadership, skill, and devotion to duty.
The Sprague Award was first given in 1949, starting the NPPA tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to both the NPPA and the field of visual journalism. These awards represent NPPA's efforts to honor those who make our profession stronger, build our communities, and expand the reach of NPPA in its mission to promote visual journalism and journalists.
NPPA's 16 awards recognize individuals and groups who contribute to the profession in a myriad of ways. They honor those who elevate photojournalism, photojournalists who have reached outstanding technical achievements, leaders who advance NPPA goals, people who fight for First Amendment freedoms, and educators who inspire.
NPPA's immediate past president Mark Dolan serves as chairman of the Honors & Recognition Committee, the group that puts out an annual call for nominations and determines each year's honorees. Please take time to nominate a fellow NPPA member by filling out our online form. The deadline for nominations is December 5, 2017.