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JUDGES - Q3 '08 WPJA CONTEST



KEN GEIGER, PHOTO EDITOR


Ken Geiger is the senior editor for technology at National Geographic magazine. He joined the staff of National Geographic in 2004 after 24 years of newspaper journalism, most recently as the director of photography for the Dallas Morning News. Geiger now serves as one of the many photo editors for the magazine, helping to shape its editorial content and is also in charge of the magazine's conversion to digital photography.

Geiger started his journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman in 1980 after receiving his formal photography education at Rochester Institute of Technology. His career as a photojournalist ranged from China to Mexico, war in Burma and Bosnia, terrorism in the Punjab, the 1990 post Sandinista election in Nicaragua, four Olympic games and numerous American political conventions.

He is a member of the Associated Press Photo Managers and the National Press Photographers Association. His awards include numerous Texas Headliners, Society of Newspaper Design, Texas APME, National Headliners, and the 1993 Pulitzer for news photography. He was recently named the 2007 NPPA and POYi magazine picture editor of the year.

 

PETE SOUZA, PHOTOJOURNALIST


Pete Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He has worked as an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan, a freelancer for National Geographic, and as the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau.

Souza has covered stories around the world as well as the national political scene. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow. More recently, Souza documented Barack Obama's first year in the Senate and has accompanied him to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa and Russia.

As a freelancer, Souza has photographed two articles on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and three photo essays for Life Magazine. His photographs have also been published in many other magazines and newspapers around the world including on the covers of Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

In 1992, Souza produced and published "Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan," a coffee-table book based on his 5 1/2 years in the White House. A newer book, "Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan," was published in June, 2004 by Triumph Books. Former Senator Howard Baker, Jr. said in his introduction to the book that Souza recorded "some of the most intimate, honest and humanizing scenes of the presidency I've ever seen." Souza was also the official photographer for the June, 2004 funeral of President Reagan.

Souza has published another documentary book entitled, "Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy". The book chronicles one company of incoming midshipmen through the six-week indoctrination period of Plebe Summer.

Souza has won numerous photojournalism awards including several times in the prestigious Pictures of the Year annual competition, the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association's yearly contest.

He has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Harvard University, Boston University, the University of Kansas, Western Kentucky University and Kansas State University. He has appeared on the ABC news magazine show 20-20, Nightline, Good Morning America, CNN Special Reports, Fox Friends and Family, and on National Public Radio. Souza made presentations of his Afghanistan coverage to Tribune reader forums in Chicago, and to the Board of Directors of the Tribune Company and AT&T Wireless.

Souza has had solo exhibits of his photographs at Kansas State University, Fermilab, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Navy Museum, the University of North Carolina, and the National Press Club in Washington. His photographs have also been part of group exhibits at the National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newseum, Boston University, Kansas State University and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

He is a native of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in public communications from Boston University and received his master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University.

 

DAVID BURNETT, PHOTOJOURNALIST


David Burnett has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He began working as a freelancer for Time, and later Life Magazine. His awards include Magazine Photographer of the Year from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the World Press Photo of the Year, and the Robert Capa Award from the Overseas Press Club.

 

LINDA EPSTEIN, PHOTOJOURNALIST / PHOTO EDITOR


Graduated from Syracuse University in 1989. Worked as a photographer for several newspapers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. Worked as both a picture editor and an assignments editor during her three years at the Washington Times. Joined Knight Ridder/Tribune, the 2nd largest wire service in the US, as a picture editor in March of 1999 and is now senior photo editor at McClatchy Tribune Photo Service, handling all the photos for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. Served on the Board of Directors for NPPA for 8 years, from 1999 to 2007.