Gary Porter was a judge in the 2023 v03 Photography Competition Contest

WPJA Judge since 2011 -

Gary Porter is currently a freelance photographer specializing in documentary, photojournalism, travel and editorial. He is a recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for the story of an epic effort to use genetic technology to save a 4-year-old boy imperiled by a mysterious disease, told with words, graphics, videos and other images.

Gary Porter began his career as a photojournalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1984, after working at the Janesville Gazette for 8 years. He has worked on many projects over the years and traveled extensively for the Journal Sentinel, including stories in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, China, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Canada and Belgium.

Porter has also been awarded a 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Award for Print Journalism for photos and video for the story "Imminent Danger," a look at mental commitment laws; two AP National Headliner awards, one for the documentary project “Made In China,” another for “Imminent Danger"; the Overseas Press Club Award for Outstanding Photojournalism from Abroad; the United Nations World Hunger Year Award; and several awards from the National Press Photographers Association, as well as being named Wisconsin News Photographer of the Year six times. Porter attended the University of Wisconsin system and studied photography at Ryerson University in Toronto.