My name is Merry Murray and I want to share with you just some of the reasons why I love the NPPA.
I’ve been an NPPA member since I was in college. I really wasn’t sure what I was joining at the time, but I was told by several working photographers that I HAD to join.
So I did.
There’s nothing like opening your mailbox and seeing that brand new issue of News Photographer magazine in there. I’m able to meet new people and get caught up with old friends.
I went to my first workshop in Norman. That led to a job in Lexington, Kentucky. My news director was not only impressed that I went to the workshop but I paid my own way. For a lot of news directors, having been to the workshop is a huge plus on your resume.
Being a Quarterly contest judge got me my next job in Michigan. Bob Gould was looking for a photographer and called the Region 4 Contest chair. I got that job because of the NPPA.
In Michigan I began over 10 years as a regional contest chair, first in Region 4, then in Region 6, and Region 7. I took over as National Judging Coordinator a few years later and then joined Scott Jensen as the contest co-chair. We made a lot of positive changes and helped the contest grow.
For the past 9 years I have been chair of the TV Best of Photojournalism contest. It is so much fun seeing all of the wonderful stories every year. And watching young photographers grow and improve with each contest.
And over the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of serving my fellow Region 7 members as Associate Director and Director. For the past two years I have been the Regional Chair Representative on the NPPA Board and would love to continue in that position.
The photojournalism world is changing. It’s an exciting and nervous time. And I believe the NPPA should be at the front of this change.
Now is the time to move forward. We need to be THE web site to go to, THE organization to turn to on the big issues, and THE place to go for education in this ever changing world of photography we all love so much.
One of my favorite things that NPPA offers is the education days. Nothing gets me re-energized more than meeting up with friends I may only see once a year, getting caught up with them, and seeing their latest stories. When I get back to work, I’m ready to go for another year, telling the best stories I can.
I want NPPA to be here in 5, 10, 50 years, as strong as ever, continuing to stand up for photographers, educating them, and continuing to be THE organization that photographers will join and stay with, throughout their career.
I want to continue giving back to the organization that has given me so much.
I would appreciate your vote Region 7 Chair.