The National Press Photographers Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Yoder Award and the Advanced Storytelling Workshop Award.
The Yoder Award winner is JesseRey Huerta Jr., who is a photojournalist at KOAT Action 7 News in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The $1,000 award is given to working TV photojournalists wishing to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma.
NPPA Sprague Award winner G. Gordon Yoder was a combat correspondent-photographer in Korea, and a network photojournalist covering news including the civil rights movement. He designed and manufactured the innovative 16mm Yoder Sound Camera that became the standard for TV stations and networks.
Huerta said he strives to produce the best work he can every day and that the workshop will help him learn new techniques and better ways to do his job as a multimedia journalist.
"I sometimes feel like my shooting is stale and want to be challenged and critiqued to work harder and come up with new ideas. Being an MMJ can be challenging -- it's something they don't really prepare you for in college," Huerta said.
The Advanced Storytelling Workshop Award winner is Trevor Smith from KNXV ABC 15, in Gilbert, Arizona. This award is also $1,000. Plus the NPPA waives the registration fee to attend the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop at Texas State University in San Marcos. The winners of this award are professional video photojournalists who are NPPA members.
Smith said he has been a photojournalist for nearly 20 years and the Advanced Storytelling Workshop will help him add new tools to his skill set.
"I am so excited at the opportunity to have my work critiqued and broken down by the best reporters, photographers, and editors in the country," Smith said. "I'm ready to bring my best work with me to Texas and bring back the very best version of myself possible," Smith said.