WPJA Selected Judges

WPJA Selected Judges was a judge in the 2010 BRIDES Magazine Photo Contest

The WPJA provided another top-notch judging panel consisting of Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalists and picture editors for this round.


Carol Guzy is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with The Washington Post. Guzy originally studied to be a nurse, but changed course after taking a photojournalism class. She received her most recent Pulitzer in 2000 for photographs of Kosovo refugees, a second in 1995 for her portrayal of the U.S. intervention in Haiti, and her first in 1986 awarding her work during a mudslide in Colombia for The Miami Herald. Guzy graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1980 and acquired her first job with the Miami Herald after a successful internship. She spent eight years at the Herald, then joined The Washington Post in 1988. In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.


Denis Finley has been editor of The Virginian-Pilot since 2005 and is in charge of all newsroom operations. Denis firmly believes that newspapers and websites, like The Pilot and PilotOnline, should be a watchdog for the community and a vehicle to honor and respect the accomplishments of the people of South Hampton Roads.

Denis graduated with honors in 1975 from Philadelphia's Temple University. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1987 with Kappa Tau Alpha honors. He came to The Virginian-Pilot in 1987 as a photographer, became a photo editor in 1993, followed by stints as features editor and news editor, before becoming deputy managing editor for presentation in 1999. In that role, Finley guided The Pilot to recognition by the Society for News Design as one of the world's best-designed newspapers in 2001.

While at Missouri Denis was named national College Photographer of the Year and won Best-in-Show and college photographer of the year at the Southern Short Course. While at the Pilot, Denis was named NPPA Region 3 Photographer of the Year among numerous other awards, including awards in the Pictures of the Year competition.

Denis has been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute, and has twice been a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in photojournalism, including chairing the photojournalism jury in 2005.

Before attending graduate school Denis had a couple of other careers. He was a pastry chef for restaurants in New Jersey and Florida, and he was a school teacher in the Philadelphia public school system. Denis hails from Philadelphia, has eaten a few cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, and is a big Philly sports fan. Denis lives in Norfolk.


Damon Winter, 35, joined the staff of the New York Times in May 2007 after working for three years as a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times He has previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, Magnum Photos as well as The Ventura County Star and Indianapolis Star. Damon has covered a broad range of stories including conflicts in Israel and Afghanistan, 9/11 in New York, the Olympic Games and feature stories in Vietnam, Cuba, Russia and India among others.

Damon was born in New York and grew up in St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. He studied at Columbia University in New York where he received a Bachelor's degree in environmental science. Damon has won awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year (POYi), Society of News Design (SND), NPPA Best of Photojournalism, APME, and was named the NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year in 2002 and the California Press Photographer of
the year in 2006. He has been featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and was the subject of a feature profile in May/June 2005. His photo essay on sexual abuse victims in western Alaska was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and was part of a portfolio that earned the National Journalism Award for Photojournalism that year. His coverage of Barack Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Feature photography. Damon now resides in Manhattan with his girlfriend Béatrice and cat Pearl.


Martha Rial is a Pulitzer Prize-winning independent photojournalist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She fell in love with photography as a teenager while studying Look and Life magazines. Photography allows her to combine her love of people with a passion for storytelling.

Martha previously worked as a staff photographer for The St. Petersburg Times, and her hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

She has won the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award, and has been named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year. Martha's photographs documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan refugees won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

Rial has exhibited her work around the country and has shared her skills with students at Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshops, Sundance Photographic Workshops and the Silver Eye Center For Photography.

Rial was recently chosen to participate in a one-year documentary project DOWNTOWN NOW for the Heinz Endowments. The project profiles the cultural and economic transformation of downtown Pittsburgh.


Michael Ainsworth is a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, with a degree in journalism, he has won awards for his coverage of spot news and sports. He was one of the staffers at the DMN who were honored to receive the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath.,,,,