Joseph Costa Award

Awarded to an individual for most outstanding initiative, leadership, and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in the tradition of Joseph Costa, a founder of NPPA, its first president and chairman of the board (one award each year; established in 1954).

Joseph Costa also edited the official NPPA magazine, then called the National Press Photographer, from 1946 to 1966. For nearly 44 years, he was a photographer, chief photographer, or photo supervisor for the New York Morning World, New York Daily News, New York Mirror, and King Features Syndicate (when the New York Mirror folded). Until 1985, he taught photojournalism at Ball State University, Muncie, IN., where he was awarded an honorary degree upon retirement. Joe Costa died in 1988. Claude Cookman's book, A Voice is Born, written for the NPPA, describes the role Costa played in the founding of the organization.

2013

Seth Gitner
Will Sullivan

2012

William Auth

2011

Tom Costello

 

2010

Travis Barrick

 

2009

Michelle McLoughlin

 

2008

Chip Maury

 

2007

Pat Holloway

 

2006

Greg Smith

 

2005

Donald R Winslow

 

2004

Bob Lynn

 

2003

John Cornell

 

2002

Maria Mann

 

2001

Steve Sweitzer

 

2000

Bill Luster

1999

Kenny Irby

 

1998

Mary Lou Foy

 

1997

Bob Lynn

 

1996

Tom Kennedy

 

1995

Frank Folwell

 

1994

John Long

 

1993

Sandra Eisert

 

1992

William H Strode

 

1991

Larry Hatteberg

 

1990

Tony Spina

1989

C Thomas Hardin

 1988

J Charles Gardner

 1987

Colburn Hvidston III

 1986

Barry Edmonds

 1985

Harvey A Weber

 1984

William Seymour

1983

Jack Corn

 1982

James Gordon

 1981

Kenneth Cooke

 1980

Gary Settle

1979

John Faber

 

1978

Robert Brush

 

1977

Charles Cooper

 

1976

Cornelius Keyes

 

1975

Michael A Andersen

 

1974

June Glenn Jr

 

1973

Ernie Crisp

 

1972

Jack Bradley

 

1971

Robert E Strongman

 

1970

David Hamer

1969

Richard C Clarkson

 

1968

Sam C Pierson Jr

 

1967

Marshall Dussinger

 

1966

John Ahlhauser

 

1965

Cal Olson

 

1964

Phillips Butler

 

1963

Ed Maker

 

1962

James Godbold

 

1961

Robert East

 

1960

Don Swenson

1959

Charles Higgins

 

1958

John Rammel

 

1957

Morris Berman

 

1956

Wilfred d'Aquin

 

1955

Gordon Yoder

 

1954

Joseph Benetti