Seventy years ago, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) launched its first-ever photography contest. At the core of the organization is the fundamental desire to unite and uplift the profession as the voice of all visual journalists.
Starting in 2019, for the first time in 55 years, the association is excited to have NPPA's Best of Photojournalism (BOP) contests reflect that unity and be housed under one roof at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
"Over the past year, NPPA's Board of Directors has given a great deal of consideration in evaluating all of its options for a home to its flagship contests," said newly-elected NPPA President Michael P. King. "We are excited about this next chapter in our contests' history and look forward to growing our partnership with the University of Georgia."
The BOP competition annually attracts the most talented professionals in four divisions - still, video, multimedia and editing - collectively representing nearly 100 categories. This move symbolizes the dedication by NPPA to bring together all visual journalists in honoring the important work being done across those disciplines.
"Grady College welcomes the Best of Photojournalism contest, which for us signifies the strengthening of a relationship that began with the relocation of the National Press Photographers Association to the college in 2015," said Charles Davis, dean of Grady College.
The contests will continue to be administered by the NPPA and its contest chairs. Further details surrounding the move of the contest will be released following this year's competitions.
The NPPA is extremely grateful to Terry Eiler, Stan Alost, the students and the staff at the Ohio University School of Visual Communication for their tremendous contributions not only to the BOP Still, Editing and Multimedia contests but to the world of photojournalism. The organization would also like to give its deepest thanks to Bob Gould at Michigan State University, as well as Merry Murray and Shawn Montano for their unwavering leadership in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism: Video contest through the years. We look forward to the continued support and dedication for NPPA from these tireless leaders.
This change does not affect the 2018 BOP Contest currently underway. Entries are still being accepted for the Still, Photo Editing and Multimedia divisions until Friday, February 2, 2018, at 3 p.m. EST. The entry period for the Video division closed Friday, January 26, 2018. Go here to enter, view categories and read the rules.