2017 Tri3 Photography Competition

Final contest for 2017 created images.  All contest points accumulated throughout Tri1, Tri2, and Tri3 will determine the WPJA's next Photographer of the Year.

Award Winning Photographers from this Contest

Contest Judges

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 on 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...

David Stephenson has been the Photojournalism Adviser for the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, since 2009. David returned to his native Lexington and joined the staff of the Herald-Leader in 1997 before leaving to join the Kernel. He is a four-time recipient of the Kentucky News Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year Award and has been named Sports Photographer of the Year three times. He won the National Press Photographers Association Region 4...

For the past 16 years Jeanie Adams-Smith has been a professor in the photojournalism department at Western Kentucky University, one of the top college programs in the country. Jeanie is an award-winning photojournalist and has published three books of her photography. Jeanie’s multiple awards range from Kentucky Photographer of the Year in 2006 to first place in Pictures of the Year International for a multimedia piece of children of divorce in 2000. In the past several years, Jeanie has...

Michael Ainsworth is a former 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. He is presently a photo editor for Panini America and also freelances.

Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and artist. Her work often focuses on intimate stories about American families and marginalized communities while addressing themes such as gender identity, class and our relationship to the natural world. The story she did on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She is a regular lecturer and has served as guest faculty in a variety of educational workshops...

Renée C. Byer is an award-winning documentary photojournalist and Emmy nominated multimedia field producer best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International, and...