THE 2007 BRIDES MAGAZINE PHOTO CONTEST JUDGES
Round 1: The WPJA is providing an all Pulitzer
judging panel for this round.
DAVID LEESON, PHOTOJOURNALIST
David Leeson has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning
News since 1984. In 2004, he was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for
his photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war
with Iraq. In 1985, Leeson was also a Pulitzer finalist for his
photo coverage of apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, he lived
the streets of Dallas with the homeless for two months. The photos,
published in a 24-page special section by The Dallas Morning
News, won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Outstanding
Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged. In 1991, Leeson
arrived in Kuwait City with the 1st Marine Division and was among
the first journalists to photograph in the city following Iraqs
withdrawal during the Gulf War. The following year he returned to the
gulf and gave readers an exclusive look inside war-torn Baghdad. In 1994,
he covered civil war in Angola, earning a second Robert F. Kennedy Journalism
Award. In the same year, a Leeson
photograph of a family evacuating floodwaters in southeast Texas
was named a finalist for the Pulitzer. For more than 14-months, 1996 thru
1997, he worked on an essay about death row in the United States. Following
that assignment, Leeson completed stories in China, Bosnia, the 1999 earthquake
in Turkey and civil war in
CAROL GUZY, PHOTOJOURNALIST
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.
JOHN KAPLAN, PHOTOJOURNALIST / AUTHOR
John Kaplans Diverse Lifestyles of American 21-Year-Olds project won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. His work shows at museums
and galleries worldwide including solo exhibitions in the United States, Bolivia and Korea as well as group shows in the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Japan, Korea,
Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Kaplan is 1989 Photographer of the Year for the annual Pictures of the Year (POY) contest and received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for outstanding coverage of the
disadvantaged in the United States.
Kaplan is photography, design and international journalism professor at the University of Florida. He is twice photography juror for the Pulitzer Prize and is a
frequent lecturer at photo workshops and seminars worldwide.
Kaplan's Survivors of Torture in West Africa project won the 2003 Overseas Press Club Award for Feature Photography and the Harry Chapin Media Award
for Photojournalism, and received recognition from the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, National Headliner Awards, Best of Photojournalism Competition, Pictures of the
Year International, Society of News Design and Photo District News Best of Photography Contest. Kaplan is author of Photo Portfolio Success (Writers Digest Books)
and has beta-tested digital wedding album production techniques for two companies, including ArtZ.
DON BARTLETTI, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Don Bartletti has been with the staff of the Los
Angeles Times for 24 years. His photojournalism career started
in 1972 at the Vista Press, his hometown paper. He moved on to
the Oceanside Blade-Tribune, the San Diego Union and then the Los
Angeles Times. Except for an introductory college class in photography
he is essentially self-taught in the discipline. Don’s college
art major studies were cut short in 1968 by the Vietnam War. However,
as an Army Infantry 1LT in Vietnam he developed observational skills
that serve him today as a photojournalist.
For the Los Angeles Times, he has had investigative and feature
assignments throughout Mexico, Central America, South America,
Europe, Africa, and Asia. Bartletti also covered the conflicts
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Over his career Bartletti has received more than 50 awards, including
the 2003 PULITZER PRIZE. That photo essay chronicles the plight
of Central American children riding northbound freight trains in
Mexico to reach relatives in the U.S. The Pulitzer guilds his career-long
dedication to the causes and effects of migration to the U.S. from
Other important awards include the Robert F. Kennedy Award for
International Photography, the George Polk Award, the Scripps-Howard
Foundation Award, and many from the National Press Photographers
Association, Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo,
the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Inter American
Press Association, and the Rubin Salazar Award.
Bartletti’s photographs have been exhibited in museums throughout
the U.S. and Mexico. He frequently lectures at universities and
teaches workshops about his photojournalist approach to photography.
Bartletti is married with two children and has made his home in
northern San Diego County for 46 years.
JAY DICKMAN, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Jay Dickman is a National Geographic photographer; he has photographed more than 25 assignments for the Society. Jay was a participating photographer on 15 of the
Day in the Life Of series; also a photographer on “Passage to Vietnam” and was featured on the interactive CD ROM. Jay has photographed for publications such as
National Geographic Adventure, Conde Nast Traveler, FORTUNE, Forbes, American Way Magazine, and TIME. Jay, an “Olympus Visionary” and a “Lexar Elite Photographer”,
also has to his credit the Pulitzer Prize, many national and regional awards, and was most recently an instructor for a series of classes in ‘Advanced Digital
Photography’ at the 2006 “MacWorld” in San Francisco. McGraw-Hill recently published Perfect Digital Photography, co-authored by Jay Dickman: a start-to-finish
guide to digital photography, discussing the aesthetics of photography, workflow and working in Photoshop.
DENIS FINLEY, EDITOR IN CHIEF
Denis Finley is the editor of The Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper. Denis graduated with honors in 1975 from Philadelphia's Temple University.
After a long hiatus from school, he received his master's degree in journalism with kappa tau alpha honors from the University of Missouri in 1987. Denis began his
journalism career at The Virginian-Pilot in 1987 as a photographer, became photo editor in 1993, followed by jobs as features editor and news editor before becoming
deputy managing editor for presentation in 1999. In that position, Denis guided The Virginian-Pilot to recognition by the Society for News Design as one of the
world's best designed newspapers in 2001. Denis was named managing editor in 2003 and editor in 2005. Denis has served as visiting faculty member at the Poynter
Institute and has twice been a Pulitzer Prize juror, judging breaking news photography and feature photography. In 2005, Denis chaired the photo jury. While at
Missouri Denis was named 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 the Pictures of the Year competition. The Pilot has won
Best-in-Show for news design from The Virginia Press Association for tenth consecutive years, second in Best Use of Photos at POYi, the public service award three
years in a row and a gold, silver and 31 awards of excellence in this year's SND competition.
MARK EDELSON, PHOTOJOURNALIST / PRESENTATION EDITOR
Mark Edelson is Presentation Editor at The Palm Beach Post, where he works with photographers, designers, reporters and editors on the packaging of stories
throughout the paper.
He joined The Post as a picture editor in 1993, and since then has been named Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year eight times. He's also been the lead picture
editor or designer for the Post team that has earned numerous awards at Best of Photojournlism, Pictures of the Year, Society for News Design and the Picture
Editing Quarterly Clip Contest. Earlier this year, for work done in 2004 he was named Picture Editor of the Year at BOP, the Post won Best Use of Photography at POY
and in the PEQCC, and the Post photo staff was a Pulitzer finalist for photographic coverage of Florida's 2004 hurricanes.
Round 2: Judges from the Editorial Department of BRIDES Magazine will conduct the final round of judging on or about May 21, 2007.