The election for two seats on the NPPA's Board of Directors and Chair seats in odd numbered regions has opened and will run through November 30, 2013. 

The deadline for online votes is 11:59 p.m. PDT on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

If you encounter any issues with voting, please contact us at: [email protected].

The two winning Board candidates will take office on January 1, 2013, and they will serve a three-year term.

All members may vote for the Board of Directors seats. Members of the odd numbered regions may also vote for their Regional and Associate Chair representatives when applicable. If you are unsure of your region you can view our regional map here, or review the lists of states within the relevant regions below.

The biographies and photographs of candidates are below for members to review before voting.

Members with questions about the candidates or the election should contact NPPA national secretary Michael P. King at [email protected].

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Yes, another greybeard running for office in NPPA. Take it as a sign of experience, rather than chronological age. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

My career started in high school; I photographed sports for the Indianapolis Star and News. At Indiana University, I won both the CPOY and the Hearst Photojournalism gold medal. From there, I interned in Topeka and at National Geographic, then joined The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press as a staff photographer. While with the Press, I also studied with Bruce Davidson and Charles Harbutt at the Apeiron Photography Workshop in New York.

San Jose was my next stop. I worked at The Mercury News as Chief Photographer for about 10 years, then moved to Texas to freelance. Also in Texas, I served as a managing editor at The Image Bank, then spent 14 years on staff at Boys’ Life magazine working for Boy Scouts of America.

Having worked as a freelancer, newspaper staffer, stock photo agency editor, and magazine staffer I have a view of our profession and the business that I believe would benefit the Board of Directors. While at Boys’ Life I hired photographers for assignments and also shot assignments myself. When I left Boys’ Life last year we paid fair day rates, space rates and for web usage. Rights were for first time use only.

Photojournalism has become more and more difficult to do as a living. Staff positions are rare and the ‘free’ in freelancing is a constant problem. The web is a cubic glut of pictures. Copyright infringement is common. The good photojournalist still has a place because – guess what – that glut produces very few good pictures. The challenge is for photojournalists to keep telling their great stories and to get proper pay.

I have been a member of NPPA since 1970, belong to SPJ and am a life member of ASMP. I live with my wife and two teenage sons in western Michigan and pursue personal projects and occasional commissions. Thanks to NPPA for this opportunity.

At a time when the profession of photojournalist (whether video/motion or still) is contracting at an alarming rate, the need for a strong organization that stands up for the rights of photographers. This must be done not just on the street and in courtrooms through the promotion and enforcement of our first amendment rights, but also in the photography departments where photo editors (many simply as conduits of onerous contracts foisted upon them by ill-advised legal departments) are asking more of their freelance contributors while simultaneously offering them less in the way of compensation for their efforts. 

Many of the endeavors that the NPPA has put forth have been well done and served the members. The NPPA stands now more than in the past as more than mostly a photography contest.  Its members deserve to have those endeavors continue.  The NPPA's Northern Short Course is an excellent example of empowering members with the tools necessary to stay relevant during changing times, and the NPPA's Business Blitz, of which I was an inaugural presenter and keynoter for the first of the (now ongoing) series, continues to deliver as an excellent resource for our members. 

I joined the NPPA in 1990, and look forward to continuing my membership and service to the Association as a member of the National Board, and I ask for your support.

BIO: For over two decades, I have covered the world of politics, traveled internationally, and worked as an editorial and commercial photographer. My work - all in the capacity as a freelancer -  has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Life, Newsweek, The National Geographic Society, and Rolling Stone, among many others.

I have also produced three commissioned books for the Smithsonian and the second edition of my book Best Business Practices for Photographers, remains a best-seller.  I've lectured across the United States to events for the American Society of Media Photographers, Advertising Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of America, and the National Press Photographers Association. I currently serves as a National Director on the board of the American Society of Media Photographers, and I concluded serving my second term as the President of the White House News Photographers Association in May of 2011.

A 2007 recipient of the United Nations' Leadership Award in the field of photography, I also received the NPPA's Morris Berman Citation in 2007 for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism, and in 2013 I was honored to receive the J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award  for continuing outstanding service in the interests of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography.

Although I joined the NPPA board in the spring of last year (mid-term to fill a vacancy), I feel like my work on the board isn’t done yet and I want to give back more.  I’d appreciate your support for re-election. 

I am greatly indebted to NPPA. I participated in the 1999 NewsVideo Workshop and it jump-started my career and helped inspire me on the path of compelling story-telling. Since then, I’ve attended 17 NPPA workshops and learned something valuable at every one.

But while I have been lucky enough to have many friends and mentors at NPPA, I know there are disenfranchised photojournalists who don’t feel included in our mission—and I want to help.   

In particular, while the support, advocacy and protection provided by NPPA lawyer Mickey Osterreicher is worth the membership fee, we need to do more to reach other members of our diverse photojournalism community.  

Of course there are reasons to be frustrated with the industry, but I try and focus on the many more reasons to be excited about the future of journalism. When in doubt, my students at the University of Maryland regularly inspire me.   

With my background as a female photojournalist in TV news, I would appreciate the opportunity to not only represent these two groups in the organization, but all of those involved in the future of visual journalism.  Thanks for your support.

Please reach out anytime at bethanyaswain (at) and on Twitter: @BethanysStories

BIO: From the campaign trail to Afghanistan, I covered a wide variety of stories during my decade as a photojournalist for CNN - as a versatile member of the Washington bureau, and one of the women who made up only 5% of CNN’s domestic photojournalists team.  In 2010, I became the first woman to win Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). 

Before leaving CNN to teach at University of Maryland and enter the freelance world, I launched the award-winning "In Focus" series, which is a multimedia collection of natural sound packages crafted by fellow CNN photojournalists. I also created #FamilySolutions, an award winning series with CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester that focuses on issues affecting parents and families. 

I hold leadership positions with Women Photojournalist of Washington (WPOW), American Journalism Review (AJR), NPPA, WHNPA, and Critical Exposure.

Prior to CNN, I worked at WPTZ in Vermont, WJAR in Rhode Island, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington. My first job was delivering the Burlington Free Press every morning, starting at age 10 until I graduated from high school in Vermont. Sometimes you could catch me at 5 am reading the paper before I delivered it to my customers.

I am a photojournalist at KDVR-TV in Denver, CO. I've worked in TV for the past 9 years, while working one year in newspaper. I love using my camera to find new and creative ways tell stories. It is what brought me to Denver from Milwaukee a year ago. I have been a member of NPPA for only 2 1/2 years but have followed the organization and its principles since college. I spent the past year serving on the NPPA Board of Directors and would love the opportunity to do so again. I came in as an alternate and only served a half term and would like to see what a full term brings. I want to be an advocate for both TV and print photojournalists alike. I want to help change the industry from the inside and create more opportunities for storytellers young and old.

If you are a member living in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont, this is your region!

No candidates came forward to run for either chair or associate chair. Therefore the unopposed incumbents will retain their positions. If you are interested in running, please contact [email protected]

If you are a member living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia, this is your region!

My photojournalism career has been short, but traveled. After graduating from the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, I spent a year in Region 4 at the Evansville Courier & Press, before my position was eliminated. Out of work for a few months, I was fortunate to be offered a position in Casper, Wyo. with the staff of the Casper Star-Tribune in Region 9. It wasn’t long after I had moved to Casper, though, that I received a call from the Chief Photographer of The News Journal, a paper I had interned at previously, telling me a position could be opening on the horizon. The chance to move back home (I grew up just 20 minutes from Wilmington, Del. in Maryland) and cover the community I grew up in was too much to pass up and in January I joined Region 3.

The past few months have brought unwelcomed change to not just our region, but to our industry as a whole, as newspapers across the country continue to sacrifice institutional knowledge and expertise for higher profits through layoffs. Here in Region 3 we’ve seen our share of staff reductions. At my own paper, The News Journal, among the 30 newspaper employees laid off, we lost an extremely talented photojournalist with over 20 years of experience in the community.

As our industry changes, and we as journalists try to grapple with the ever-shifting foundation under us, we need more than ever to stay connected and share ideas, strategies and our unique talents to greater preserve not only our way of life but the service we offer our respective communities. I’ve met so many photojournalists throughout my career that have taught me everything I know. There is a wealth of knowledge here that we can spread to make each of us stronger storytellers. NPPA provides us a unique platform for dialogue and collaboration, and I’d like to see our region take greater advantage of that.

We also continue to struggle with law enforcement and emergency responders and their understanding of the first amendment. Here in Delaware, I had emergency responders attempt to force me from a scene where a man suffered a heart attack while running a marathon in Wilmington on a public street in public view. Race organizers called our paper shortly after this happened in an attempt to prevent the images from being published. This is unacceptable.

As Regional Chair I will work to better educate emergency responders to the first rights of the public and will not hesitate to involve NPPA’s general counsel when our members and those in the region acting legally are threatened and harassed. I will work to better facilitate judging of the monthly clip contest with our region clip chair and national clip chair to help maintain the integrity of the contest, and interest among members. I commend our current clip chair for the speed at which our region is routinely judged. We are usually among the first to see a month completed. I will also work to facilitate what information sharing and strategies I can among members to help better prepare our members for the future.

I grew up here and it was the photojournalism produced in this region that inspired me to pursue this career. A chance to help lead the region full of photographers I grew up trying to emulate would be an honor.

I would like your vote for Region 3 Chair. I have been a Region 3 Chair since 2008. My contributions throughout the years have included participation with Jobs protection, contests, membership drives, hurricane Sandy relief efforts, region 3 member recognition and copyright protection and education.
I believe in the NPPA, and it's work. I am a proud member.
In the future I wish to focus on protecting media jobs, and improve copyright issues and representing the membership as needed on any topic of concern.
My background is 34 years in the print publishing, along with 36 years of photography experience.
I would appreciate your vote for the upcoming election.
Thank you!

Why vote in an uncontested election? Because it shows you care about your community and value the democratic process. But I’m still asking for your vote.

As Region 3 Associate Director, I serve as a board member of the Northern Short Course, NPPA’s largest education event, and have been a member of event leadership the past six years. In 2012 and 2013 I was co-chair of the annual NSC photojournalism contest shaping contest categories, securing judges, facilitating judging on site at Temple University and emceeing the awards reception. Also, I advocated for prompt judging of the annual clip contest so results for the previous year would be known by February. That way the tradition of honoring at least one of the regional Photographer of the Year at the NSC reception could be reinstated.

I also represent NPPA at various Washington, D.C.-area photography events and  within sister organizations such as APA and Women Photojournalists of Washington.

NPPA is the only organization in North America specifically for photojournalists. Among the important services it provides for members are advocating for photographers’ First Amendment rights nationally and providing educational opportunities to keep pace with the changing media landscape. I enjoy being part of NPPA leadership and serving members. I ask for your vote to continue the work shaping NPPA for the future.

If you are a member living in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, this is your region!

I started photographing weddings and other events in the early 1970s, while in college. I joined the Chicago Police Department and eventually spent fifteen years documenting crime scenes and other projects. I always had a decent relationship with the news media and at times we helped each other out at scenes. They had lights. In exchange for helping us better light an area, I would let them take short videos.

Upon retirement, I started a freelance photojournalist career based in Chicago. After covering several protests, I saw many things that were disturbing, especially among other freelancers and the police. Most of the issues were caused by misunderstandings.

With my combined police and journalist experience I started giving talks to small groups on covering major events and protests. They include personal safety, dealing with police and other authorities, and especially how to keep from getting detained, arrested, or abused.

I am a strong advocate for the First Amendment and copyright protection. I wrote several articles on First Amendment issues.

There are many changes and challenges in our profession and business. The whole business of photography is going through a challenging time and it is harder to get assignments or earn a living. More of our work is being improperly obtained and used without permission, compensation, or credit.

I also believe that if you are a member of an organization you should, at some point, participate. You should be an advocate for the organization and profession. I want to be your advocate in Region 5.


Phil Greer is Southern Illinois University's Photojournalist in Residence and Senior Lecturer.  Born in Chicago but with strong Southern Illinois roots, he is a graduate of Eldorado High School.  Greer served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  His first job in photojournalism was at the Champaign/Urbana News Gazette and from there he went to the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio. One year later he returned to Champaign/Urbana to work for The Courier, and remained there for twelve years.  During that period he served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Illinois Press Photographers Association.  After the Courier closed, Greer moved to the Chicago Tribune where he worked for twenty four years.  He was a staff photographer, Chief Photographer, Director of Photography and Senior Photographer.  As Director of Photography he installed the Tribune’s first electronic darkroom, which was the world’s largest at that time.  He was responsible for all of the newspaper’s visual content and supervised a staff of fifty photographers, picture editors and photo technicians.  He left the Tribune to come to Southern Illinois University through the urging of Mike Lawrence and Paul Simon of the Public Policy Institute.

Greer has won over 200 awards for his work, from the Illinois Press Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association.  He was nominated several times for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, and was a member of the Tribune team that won the prize for ‘Gateway to Gridlock’ in 2001.  He was honored by the IPPA with the George Day Award for service to the profession.

Greer’s wide ranging career has included covering wars such as the Iran/Iraq war, the Nicaraguan war, Salvador and the invasion of Panama.  He has traveled widely, covering stories both foreign and domestic, from the Mexico City earthquake, refugee camps throughout Central America, to Illinois politics at Springfield.  He has been a lecturer at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. He is the present Region Five Chair of NPPA.

My name is Bill Middeke and I am a Photojournalist at KARE 11 News in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  I’ve had a life-long interest in both still and video photography.  Professionally, I’ve been a Photojournalist for over 13 years, since almost the beginning, I have been a member of the NPPA.

I’m very passionate about our craft: I’ve assisted teaching Broadcast Journalism at Waldorf College in Forest City, IA for 9 years.  I’m the main organizer for the Ignite Your Passion: Next Generation Video Storytelling Workshop.  I’m an active member and Admin in the Facebook group, Storytellers.  And I’m an NPPA Top-Central Regional Photographer of the Year.

I ask for your vote because I would be a good advocate for Region 5 and the NPPA as a whole; I have proudly lived and worked in three of the four states in our region, connecting with professionals and students from all over our area and nationally.  I already regularly work to promote the NPPA and the benefits of being a member and I’m not only supportive of the NPPA, but I’m also open to new ideas and changes to improve our organization.

Thank you for your vote!

My name is John Williams and even though I am only a few years in to my career as a photojournalist, I hope to do my best to support my fellow photojournalists and overcoming the numerous struggles we have had to face and will continue to face as our industry transitions in to a new age.

I graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 2012, and left my one year position as college photographer a few months ago to return my full efforts to newspapers. It has taken me a while to find a spot, but I have settled to the Northwest corner of Iowa to continue my photojournalism career.

I am currently beginning my tenure at Iowa Information in Sheldon, Iowa, working for two weekly newspapers, and a variety of other publications. Before that, I have worked for a variety of different news agencies in Illinois and Wisconsin. My history in three states in our region will help me understand and connect with all the areas of our region.

My passion lies in the journalism profession as a whole, and I believe my best way to take part in this vital part in our communities is behind a camera. The vital nature of our work can be hindered by financial choices of the newsroom or by the efforts of individual and organizations. These hinderances can’t always be overcome, but working to minimize these through education and advocation is an important role I will look to take.

I have looked to my fellow members for support as I have grown over the past five years, and now I hope to take an active role to support fellow members, Region 5, and NPPA as a whole.

If you are a member living in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma, this is your region!

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.

If you are a member living in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming, this is your region! In Canada, if you are a member living in Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territory, Nunavut, or Saskatchewan, this is your region!

Today is a good day to seize your potential.

My name is Shawn Montano. I am the Video Production Coordinator/Instructor at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Colorado. I tell my students they are on a journey. I am simply the guide. I point out the important things in the journey. It is up to those I educate to pay attention to those details.

I have been teaching and lecturing for over 10 years. I have lectured in over 20 states at Schools, Conferences and Television stations. Previously I instructed at Front Range Community College in the Multimedia Graphic Design Program.

I am a nationally recognized video professional. I have 15 years of video production experience. I have received 5 Heartland Regional Emmys, a Regional Edward R Murrow, and 3 Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards. I'm the only person ever to be recognized 4 times by the National Press Photographers Association as the Editor of the Year.

My passion spills over into a blog I write. The Edit Foundry is an educational blog with an emphasis in video editing. The Edit Foundry was named one of the 50 best blogs for Movie Makers by Movie Maker Magazine.

I have an annual gathering of region 9 members called the Shutter Foundry I hope to continue organizing.

My name is Wayne Thomas and I am a Photographer. Actually, I am a storyteller and have been doing so for about 10 years. I have worked at papers including the Morning Journal, Cody Enterprise, St. Paul Pioneer Press and have been a freelancer for many others including AP and UPI. Currently, I am in Powell, Wyoming after recently finishing a Master's degree from Ohio University in Photojournalism and working on some independent projects. NPPA has been very helpful to me and I am interested in being involved in helping the organization of photographers.

If you are a member living in Alaska, Oregon, or Washington, this is your region! In Canada, if you are a member living in British Columbia or Yukon Territory, this is your region!

Foundational concepts have governed my career. I always first practice the basics in communication, shooting and editing, journalism, photographer staff administration and quality control. I would apply this approach as Region 11 Chair.

It's been an honor to serve the NPPA in the past. I've been on faculty at the News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma. I've been a guest speaker at several national and regional conventions. And in 2007, I took over as national chair of the dwindling NPPA Television Quarterly Clip Contest. I served until 2011. During that time I led a major overhaul of the contest structure, categories and entering procedure. The contest now has nearly 50% more entries than it did at the time. Also I created the Solo Video Contest from scratch. In 2009 participation began with six journalists entering eleven stories. This year so far, 49 one-man-bands have entered.

Educating and inspiring young journalists is a passion of mine. In 2011, I took a brief sabbatical from the newsroom to teach college courses, at the University of Alaska, in video production, documentary and new media. I continue to keep in touch with my former students, mentor young photographers and reporters, and often guest speak in journalism classes.

My current position as chief photojournalist at KING-TV in Seattle has given me official administrative experience that would serve me well as Region 11 Chair.

I would love to be your R11 representative. Thank you for reading.

I'm a staff photographer for and 2011 graduate from Western Washington University, currently residing in Seattle, WA.  After having interned and been affiliated with such companies as The Seattle Times, ZUMA Press, High Country News, The (Provo) Daily Herald and The New York Times, my work - both in stills and video - has received national attention through the NPPA, SPJ, Scripps Howard and the American Photo Magazine. Within the past year, I attended both the 25th anniversary of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the 65th Missouri Photo Workshop in an effort to continue to hone skills, stay creative and keep motivated. Giving back to the rich photographic community that raised me is important; I regularly return to WWU and other schools around the region to speak on the merits of life that photojournalism can provide. As our industry progresses, I would be honored to continue to serve as the Region 11 chair.